Biomedical Engineering Faculty


Below is a short description of each faculty member’s activities and interests. More information can be found on each faculty member’s web page.


Stan Cronk (

Position: Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Degree: Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, LouisianaTech University

Interests: Rehabilitation engineering and human factors.

Activities: Studies of interaction of persons with disabilities with assistive technology systems. Improvement of these interactions by increasing throughput and decreasing fatigue. Dr. Cronk examines human-computer interaction problems, particularly for persons with disabilities and for senior citizens.


Walter Besio (

Position: Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Degree: Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Miama

Interests: Rehabilitation Engineering

Activities: As a direct family member of a deceased C4-5 quadraplegic, Dr. Besio’s lifetime goal is to develop novel medical devices to enhance the lives of ill persons and to inspire students who will further advance the field. He has had 12 years of professional experience in industry developing electronic and medical devices from prototype through scale up to the market.


Mark Ming-Cheng Cheng (to start in January, 2008)

Position: Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Degree: Ph.D. MEMS and Bio-MEMS, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan

Interests: Nanobiotechnology, bioelectronics, lab-on chip, silicon implant systems for controlled drug delivery, micro/nanofludicis, surface functionalization and characterization, MEMS/ BioMEMS, micro/nanofabcrication, micromachining, biosensors

Activities: Engineering of novel biomedical microdevices/ nanoparticles for disease diagnostics and treatment using micro/nanofabrication technologies.


Alan Chiu (

Position : Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Degree: Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering

Interests: Neuronal network modeling and signal analysis

Activities: Research activities include prevention of seizures via electrical stimulation feedback control, nonparametric neuronal models for seizure prediction from multi-site intracranial EEG recordings, artificial neural networks, brain computer interfaces with hybrid (artificial / cellular) neural networks, spatial analysis of brain signals, and multimodal neural signal communication pathways for brain function restoration.


Mark DeCoster (

Position : Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Degree: Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics: Medical College of Virginia/VCU

Interests: Cellular neurosciences, calcium imagine and lipid signaling

Activities: Integration of cells of the nervous system and nanotechnology/nanomaterials, secreted phospholipase A2 (sPLA2) and neuronal cell injury.


Juan “June” Feng: (To begin in January, 2008)

Position: Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Degree: Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Interests: Bio-MEMS devices for molecular assays

Activities: Detection and quantification of carbonylated proteins in aging


Paul N. Hale, Jr. (

Position: Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Associate Dean for External Programs, Director of the TechnologyTransfer Center, Academic Director of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Degree: Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University

Interests: Rehabilitation engineering, human factors engineering, clinical engineering, and biomedical engineering design.

Activities: Dr. Hale was named Outstanding Biomedical Educator in 1993. Dr. Hale has served on advisory committees and review panels for state and federal agencies, and is on the Board of Directors of the Biomedical Engineering Society and RESNA. He is currently the Academic Director of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.


Steven A. Jones (

Position: Associate Professor and Program Chair, Biomedical Engineering

Degree: Ph.D. Bioengineering, University of California at San Diego

Interests: Biofluid mechanics and biomedical signal analysis.

Activities: Applications of Doppler novel ultrasound methods to disease diagnosis, studies of hemodynamic effects on platelet adhesion, and hemodynamic modeling of vascular access grafts. Dr. Jones is examining methods for the evaluation of platelet function that involve the adhesion of platelets to microchannels. He is also studying the role of platelet-derived Nitric Oxide on platelet adhesion.In the area of Doppler ultrasound, he is examining the use of multiple-receiver Doppler instruments for the improvement of singal-to-noise ratios of velocity measurements.


Stanley A. Napper (

Position: Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director, Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences and Acting Dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences

Degree: Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University

Interests: Artificial intelligence and expert systems, rehabilitation engineering, systems physiology, mathematical modeling and computer simulation, biomedical engineering design.

Activities: Dr. Napper has developed capabilities in the application of mathematical modeling and artificial intelligence to problems of biomedical engineering. His activities include research in application of expert systems in rehabilitation, mathematical modeling of physiological systems, and cognitive orthoses. He currently serves as the Acting Dean for the College of Engineering and Science and as the Director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences (CyBERS).


D. Patrick O’Neal (

Position: Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Degree: Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Interests: Nanoparticle-based systems for cancer detection and treatment.

Activities:  Nanotechnologies for optical sensing modalities such as surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.  


Daniel D. Reneau

Position: Professor of Biomedical Engineering and President of Louisiana Tech University

Degree: Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Clemson University

Interests: Oxygen Transport, Physiological Modeling and Microelectrodes

Activities: Dr. Reneau founded the Biomedical Engineering department at Louisiana Tech University and currently serves as president of the university.


Sidney Sit (

Position: Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Institute for Micromanufacturing

Degree: Ph.D. Biophysics/Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Interests: Micro/Nanoscle Biomaterials Interfaces. Nanobiotechnology. High throughput system and combinatorial approach for the rational design of biomedical polymers. Surface modification and characterization. Molecular and cellular engineering.

Activities: Mechanistic elucidation of cell-protein-material interactions on a nanometer and molecular scale. Fabrication of nanopatterned surfaces for controlling cell-material interactions. Cell micromechanics on polymeric surfaces. Synthesis and characterization of interfacial properties of molecules for resisting protein adsorption.



Many of our recent graduate students have also worked under the mentorship of the following faculty members in related programs:




PhD (Field)

Associated Research Interests

Kathleen Johnston

Assoc Prof, Physics, Center for Applied Physics Studies

University of Houston


Particle detector technology for biomedical imaging such as GEM-based imaging systems

Yuri Lvov

Prof, IfM and Chemistry

Moscow State University-Russia (Chemistry)

Bio/nanotechnology, protein and drug micro/encapsulation, biomembranes and lipid systems

David Mills

Assoc Prof, Biological Sciences

University of Illinois


Cell & tissue response to mechanical loads, cartilage & bone remodeling, signal induction, connective tissue disease, extracellular matrix, implant analysis

Windy Miletello

Assistant Professor

Department of Health and Exercise Science

Texas Woman's University


Exercise physiology, biomechanics, fitness, and health