Advisory Board

Bioengineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is going through an exciting phase of growth; including the hiring of new faculty, renovation of a new building/home for the department, and driving the creation of a new-engineering based college of medicine.

With all the planned investments and growth, it is important to get the advice of external partners, stakeholders, and colleagues. We are pleased to have a distinguished group of experts in the field to accomplish this task and serve as members of our departmental External Advisory Board. The commitment includes a 3-year, renewable term and an annual visit to the department.

Gilda Barabino, The City College of New York

Dean and Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Gilda Barabino
Gilda Barabino

Dr. Barabino, the new dean of the Grove School of Engineering, was associate chair for graduate studies and professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. She joined the department in 2007 after an 18-year career at Northeastern University, where she rose to the rank of professor of chemical engineering and served as the vice provost for undergraduate education. She served as Georgia Tech's first vice provost for academic diversity in 2008 and 2009. Dr. Barabino has an extensive record of leadership and service in the chemical and biomedical engineering communities and currently serves as president of the Biomedical Engineering Society. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Society. Dr. Barabino's key research areas include sickle cell disease, cellular and tissue engineering and diversity in science and engineering. She received her BS from Xavier University of Louisiana and her PhD at Rice University.

James Duncan, Yale

Ebenezer K. Hunt Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Diagnostic Radiology

James Duncan
James Duncan

James Duncan, the Ebenezer K. Hunt Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has focused his research and teaching in the areas of biomedical image processing and analysis. Duncan, who holds joint appointments in diagnostic radiology and electrical engineering, is the associate chair and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Biomedical Engineering as well as the vice-chair for bioimaging sciences research in diagnostic radiology. He is particularly interested in the use of model-based mathematical strategies for the analysis of biomedical images. He helped pioneer the use of geometrical models for segmenting deformable (typically anatomical) objects of approximately known shape and for tracking certain forms of non-rigid object motion, and later soft tissue deformation, most notably that of the heart. His work has resulted in three U.S. patents. Duncan is the principal investigator of major research funded by the National Institutes of Health. Before coming to Yale in 1983, he worked for Hughes Aircraft Company. He holds a B.S.E.E. from Lafayette College, an M.S. from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Duncan is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is president of the International Society for Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention and is a member of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the I.E.E.E. Computer Society, among other professional organizations.

Archelle Georgiou, Georgiou Consulting


Archelle Georgiou
Archelle Georgiou

Dr. Archelle Georgiou is a nationally recognized physician, advocate, advisor and author. She earned her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and enjoyed practicing Internal Medicine in Northern California. However, wanting to have a broader impact on the healthcare system, she shifted her focus to the managed care industry. Between 1995 and 2007, she was a senior executive and Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare where she dismantled many of the company's legacy policies in order to minimize the bureaucratic hassles imposed on patients and physicians. Since 2008, Archelle has served as a senior advisor for a diverse group of organizations. She worked with former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich at his Center for Health Transformation, a non-partisan think tank focused on advancing sustainable healthcare policies. In 2009, she was the medical correspondent for the Blue Zones international expedition to Ikaria, Greece, where she helped explore the underlying explanations of the island's longevity with National Geographic researcher and best-selling author, Dan Buettner. Since 2011, she has advised TripleTree and other private equity firms investing in healthcare technology and services. Other clients and relationships have included AMN Healthcare (staffing), Healthgrades (data/analytics), Medtronic (device), Copper Development Association (mining), Capella University (education), and Hensel Phelps (construction).

Archelle is currently an executive in residence and faculty at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. She teaches anatomy and physiology to MBA students so that future industry leaders appreciate the complexities of the human body—and healthcare. She is also a member of the board of directors for Nashville-based Tivity Health (NASDAQ: TVTY, formerly Healthways).

One of Archelle's greatest passions is using the media to educate consumers. Since 2007, she has been an on-air medical expert in Minneapolis-St. Paul and has covered more than 900 different topics, from research, technology and clinical care to health insurance and healthcare policy. Currently, she has a weekly news segment as well as regular health specials on KSTP-TV, the ABC affiliate in the Twin Cities. She has also made national appearances on Fox Business News, CNN, Good Morning America, and Katie's Take with Katie Couric. Archelle's first book was published in February 2017. “Health Care Choices: 5 Steps to Getting the Medical Care You Want and Need” (Rowman & Littlefield). Based on her 20+ years of experience in patient care, managed care, media, and business, Archelle shares the CARES model, the approach she developed to teach consumers how to how to make smart healthcare decisions that balance the best medical options with individual preferences.

Beverly Huss, Qool Therapeutics, Inc.

President and CEO

Beverly Huss
Beverly Huss

Beverly Huss joined Qool Therapeutics as President and CEO in September 2013. Previously, Beverly was President and CEO of Vibrynt, Inc. a company that developed a novel minimally invasive therapeutic device for treatment of morbid obesity. Prior to this, Beverly was with Santa Clara, California-based Guidant since 1986, fulfilling a variety of executive roles within the company's various medical device divisions. She managed the worldwide Endovascular Solutions business as President and quadrupled worldwide revenues to $150 million for the carotid and peripheral vascular business in four years. Prior to this Beverly held several executive level positions as Vice President of Guidant's Canada and Latin America operations, Vice President of Vascular Intervention Global Marketing and Vice President of the Stent Business Unit where she built the company's coronary stent business, a market leader for 27 of 28 quarters. Earlier in her career, Beverly held engineering positions at both Honeywell Defense Systems Division and Jones and Laughlin Steel. Additionally, she served as chairman of the Silicon Valley American Heart Association and as a senior advisor to Pervasis Therapeutics, a Cambridge, MA based cell therapy company. Beverly holds a M.S. in technology management from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois. Beverly has several patents to her credit in the cardiovascular and obesity medical device areas. Beverly serves on the board of Ulthera, Ciel Medical and the University of Illinois Material Science and Engineering steering committee. She previously served on the boards of Dade Behring, Inc., Wright Medical Inc., and Artes Medical. Ms. Huss was the recipient of the 2013 University Of Illinois College Of Engineering Alumni Award for distinguished leadership in the medical device industry.

Robert Nerem, Georgia Tech

Professor Emeritus, Bioengineering

Robert Nerem
Robert Nerem

Dr. Nerem joined Georgia Tech in 1987 as the Parker H. Petit Distinguished Chair for Engineering in Medicine. He is an Institute Professor Emeritus, and he was the founding Director of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, a research institute established in 1995 to bring biochemistry, bioengineering, and biology faculty together so as to create a “convergent,” interdisciplinary culture. Dr. Nerem received his Ph.D. in 1964 from Ohio State University and is the author of more than 200 publications. Over the years he has served the community in a variety of ways. This includes his extensive involvement with the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE), serving as President from 1988 to 1991 and being the Founding President of the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering from 1997-2000. He also was the President of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine from 1991 to 1994. Dr. Nerem was the Founding President and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He has served on the advisory boards of a number of companies including startups, and from 2000 to 2003 he was a member of the FDA Science Board. From 2003 to 2006 he was a part-time Senior Advisor for Bioengineering in the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health. In 1988 Dr. Nerem was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and in 1992 to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1994 he was elected a Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in 1998 a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2006 a Foreign Member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences. In 2008 Dr. Nerem was selected by NAE for the Founders Award, and in 2011 he was made an IFMBE Honorary Life Member. In 2015 IFMBE selected Dr. Nerem for the inaugural John A. Hopps Award.

Ben Noe, Medtronic MITG

R&D Program Manager

Ben Noe
Ben Noe

Ben Noe is an R&D program manager in Medtronic's MITG, Advanced Energy business in Boulder, CO. In his role, Ben leads a collection of research and development efforts for electrosurgical energy platforms. Outside of Medtronic, Ben is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society's (BMES) Board of Directors and is Chair of both the Industry Committee and Medical Devices Special Interest Group. In addition to BMES, Ben serves as Chairman of the Young Professionals Board for Project C.U.R.E. Ben holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).


Douglas Noll, University of Michigan

Ann and Robert H. Lurie Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Radiology
Co-Director, Functional MRI Laboratory

Douglas Noll
Douglas Noll

Douglas C. Noll is the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Radiology and Co-Director of the Functional MRI Laboratory at the University of Michigan. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He has been performing research in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for over 25 years and has been active in research in functional neuroimaging using MRI for more than 20 years. His primary research focus on the technology of MRI acquisition and image reconstruction. He is an author or co-author of over 120 articles with a total of over 20,000 citations (Google Scholar). He was the 1994 recipient of the I. I. Rabi Award from the Society of Magnetic Resonance for work in spiral imaging in functional MRI. He is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). He serves on the editorial boards for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Magnetic Resonance Imaging and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the ISMRM. He also served as chair of Michigan's Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2007-2013. On three occasions, he received an Outstanding Teacher Award for contributions to the educational program at the Annual Meeting of the ISMRM.

Geert W. Schmid-Schöenbein, University of California, San Diego

Chair/Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering

Geert W. Schmid-Schonbein
Geert W. Schmid-Schonbein

Geert W. Schmid-Schönbein is Distinguished Professor, Director of the Microcirculation Laboratory and Chairman of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He received his Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering at UCSD. Following three years as Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Physiology of Columbia University, New York, he joined the faculty of the Department of Bioengineering at UCSD in 1979.

He teaches bioengineering of living tissues and biomechanics and has been nominated repeatedly as Teacher of the Year in Bioengineering at UCSD. He is a member of several Societies in Engineering and in Medicine, Founding Member of AIMBE, former President of the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Microcirculatory Society and the North American Society of Biorheology, Fellow of the American Heart Association and the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering, and Member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He is Past Chair of the World Council for Biomechanics. He is the 2008 Landis Award winner of the Microcirculatory Society and recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award in the National Engineering Week 2009. His research interest is in Microcirculation, Cell and Molecular Mechanics applied to inflammation and pathophysiology. He has published over 375 original peer-reviewed research reports, several books and patents.

His team carries out bioengineering analysis of the microcirculation in human disease and has discovered a fundamental mechanism for cell dysfunctions and inflammation due to “Auto- digestion”. The team proposed a previously unrecognized mechanism for Shock and Multi- organ Failure and also discovered a mechanism for Type II Diabetes, Hypertension and co- morbidities in the Metabolic Syndrome X due to unchecked degrading protease activity.

Rick Stevens, Argonne National Lab

Associate Laboratory Director, CELS
Professor, University of Chicago

Rick Stevens
Rick Stevens

Rick L. Stevens is the Associate Laboratory Director of Computing, Environment, and Life Sciences at Argonne National Laboratory, which is the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) oldest lab for science and energy research. He heads Argonne's computational genomics program and co-leads the DOE laboratories planning effort for exascale computing research. He is a professor of computer science at the University of Chicago (UChicago) and is involved in several interdisciplinary studies at the Argonne/UChicago Computation Institute and at the Argonne/UChicago Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, where he holds senior fellow appointments.

Stevens is co-principal investigator, chief technical officer, and chief architect of the DOE Systems Biology Knowledgebase project, an emerging software and data environment designed to enable researchers to collaboratively generate, test and share new hypotheses about gene and protein functions, perform large-scale analyses on a scalable computing infrastructure, and model interactions in microbes, plants, and their communities. Stevens is also Principle investigator for the NIAID Bioinformatics Resource Center program where his group has developed computational tools and genomics databases to support infectious disease research.

Stevens is interested in the development of innovative tools and techniques that enable computational scientists to solve important large-scale problems on advanced computers. His research focuses on two principal areas: high-performance computer architectures, and computational problems in the life sciences. In addition to his research work, Stevens teaches courses on computer architecture, collaboration technology, parallel computing, and computational science. He serves on many national and international advisory committees and still finds time to occasionally write code and play with his 3D printer.

Mehmet Toner, Harvard

Helen Andrus Benedict Professor of Surgery (Biomedical Engineering) and Health Sciences and Technology

Mehmet Toner
Mehmet Toner

Dr. Toner received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1982; and his master's degree, also in mechanical engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 1985. He earned his Ph.D. in medical engineering at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1989. Currently he is the Helen Andrus Benedict professor of biomedical engineering at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Toner is internationally regarded for his work in multiple areas at the interface of bioengineering and life sciences including micro/nanotechnology and applications in cancer. He established the Bio MicroElectroMechanical Systems Resource Center (BMRC) at MGH and serves as its founding director. Primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), BMRC aims to explore the applications of nano/micro-technologies in basic biology, systems biology, diagnostics and clinical medicine.

Among the more than 70 graduate and postgraduate students trained by Toner, more than 40 occupy major academic positions. Many of his alumni have received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, NIH FIRST Award and NIH Director's Young Investigator Award; and many have been elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and/or ASME. A number of his former students secured endowed chairs or other prestigious awards such as Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

Toner has served on many national and international panels and review boards. In 2010 he was selected to serve a three-year term on the NSF Directorate for Engineering's Advisory Committee. He is a trustee of the Özye?in University in Istanbul and a member of the President's Council at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. He serves on the scientific advisory board of the Tissue Engineering Resource Center at Tufts University/MIT/Columbia University, the Resource for Synthesis and Bulk Characterization of Polymer Biomaterials at Rutgers University, the Institute for Engineering in Medicine at the University of Minnesota, the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science at Brown University.

He is also on the editorial board of various technical and scientific journals including CryoLetters, Cryobiology (associate editor), Cell Preservation Technology (associate editor), Nanomedicine, Integrative Biology, Nanolife and the Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering (associate editor and co-founder).

Toner has published more than 250 original papers in archival journals including a wide spectrum of high impact journals such as Nature, Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, Science Translational Medicine, Nature Biotechnology and PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). He has also delivered more than 350 invited, keynote and plenary presentations.

An ASME Fellow, Toner has been a member of the Bioengineering Division's (BED) Biotransport Technical Committee (formerly K-17 Heat and Mass Transfer in Biotechnology Committee) since 1992. He was the associate technical editor of the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (1998-2004) and now serves on the editorial board. Toner was honored with BED's Y.C. Fung Investigator Award in 1994.

He is also a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the International Society of Cryobiology.

Among his other honors, Toner received the Whitaker Foundation Special Opportunity Award (1995) and MGH Cancer Center's "One-of-the-hundred" award (2008), was recognized by Popular Mechanics as one of the top ten inventors (2008) and received the American Association for Cancer Research's Team Science Award (2010).

Robert T. Tranquillo, University of Minnesota

Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Department Head Department of Biomedical Engineering

Robert Tranquillo
Robert Tranquillo

Prof. Tranquillo received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Mathematical Biology at Oxford for one year before beginning his appointment in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science at the University of Minnesota in 1987. He has served as the head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering since its inception in 2000. Prof. Tranquillo has used a combined modeling and experimental approach to understand cell behavior, in particular, directed cell migration, and cell-matrix mechanical interactions. More recently, his research program has focused on the role of these cell behaviors in cardiovascular and neural tissue engineering applications. His research program has resulted in over 110 peer-reviewed original research publications, being recognized with his selection for the TERMIS-AM Senior Scientist Award in 2015. Prof. Tranquillo is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, and the Biomedical Engineering Society, and he is also a Distinguished McKnight University Professor.

Frank Yin, Washington University, Saint Louis

Stephen F. and Camilla T. Brauer Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Frank Yin
Frank Yin

In 1997, Professor Yin came to Washington University in St. Louis from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to lead the Department of Biomedical Engineering. From 1978 to 1997, he had appointments in medicine (cardiology), physiology, and biomedical engineering departments at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Yin's research interests encompass soft tissue biomechanics, cell mechanics and hemodynamics. Currently, his research work involves determining how cells respond morphologically, functionally and genetically to various mechanical stimuli. He also utilizes nanoindentation with atomic force microscopy to determine the dynamic mechanical properties of cell and sub cellular constituents. This research has applications to cancer, as well as tissue healing and remodeling. Professor Yin is a founding fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has recently served as president of the Biomedical Engineering Society, editor-in-chief of the ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, and a member of the national advisory council of the National Institute of Biological Imaging and Bioengineering. He is also a member of numerous academic and industrial advisory boards.