Roy Named Permanent AME Chair

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AME Chairman Ronald Roy, shown here in an acoustics laboratory, is College of Engineering Dean Kenneth Lutchen’s first appointment of a full-term department chair since he assumed deanship.
AME Chairman Ronald Roy, shown here in an acoustics laboratory, is College of Engineering Dean Kenneth Lutchen’s first appointment of a full-term department chair since he assumed deanship.

College of Engineering Dean Kenneth R. Lutchen has named Professor Ronald Roy chairman of the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department, a position Roy has held on an interim basis since August.

The selection represents Lutchen’s first appointment of a full-term department chair since he assumed deanship of the College in August 2006.

“It is a pleasure and an honor to announce Ron Roy’s appointment as the next chair of AME,” Lutchen said. “I received an outpouring of excitement regarding support for Ron as the next chair. He has an extraordinary record of accomplishments and impact in research, in funding, in education and in service to Boston University and the profession.”

Roy’s three-year appointment will coincide with the planned merger of the AME and Manufacturing Engineering departments. Upon completion, Roy will be chairman of the newly merged department.

“I’m looking forward to the new position,” Roy said. “Merging departments will be a complex, multi-faceted process.  Our long-term goal is to advance the quality of academic life within the department and to increase our visibility and impact nationwide. More immediate objectives include the formulation of a merged undergraduate degree program that offers both depth and breadth to go along with an expanded graduate program and faculty research portfolio.”

Roy joined AME as an associate professor in 1996 and was promoted to full professor in 2002.  He believes his familiarity with both the AME and College of Engineering communities will facilitate a smooth transition and that recent successes in faculty recruitment in both the AME and MFG Departments will serve as a launching pad for the merged department’s further development and growth.

“When you have the support of, and a connection with, the people around you, it makes everything much easier,” he said. “John Baillieul, Tom Bifano and Uday Pal did a great job recruiting some top-quality junior faculty who are now coming into their own. That’s going to be the foundation upon which the department will rest.”

Roy spent the 2006-2007 academic year as the University of Oxford George Eastman Distinguished Visiting Professor. Prior to his arrival at Boston University, he held faculty positions at the University of Washington and the University of Mississippi. His work in the engineering industry includes a research scientist position for the National Center for Physical Acoustics, and director for research and development for Apfel Enterprises, focusing on developing new technologies for radiation monitoring.

His research specializes in the application of physical acoustics principles to problems in biomedical acoustics, industrial ultrasonics and acoustical oceanography. Roy is a fellow in the Acoustical Society of America. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound, and a past member of the European Society of Sonochemistry and the American Institute of Physics.

Roy holds a bachelor’s degree in from the University of Maine at Orono and master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi and Yale University. He holds a doctorate from Yale University.