Parks Faculty

Cecil Thomas, Ph.D.,<br/>Professor Emeritus

Cecil Thomas, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus

(314) 977-8200

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (Electrical Engineering and Physiology)

University of Texas

M.S. in Electrical Engineering

University of Kentucky

B.S. in Electrical Engineering

University of Kentucky

Dr. Thomas began his career in the Research Division with Martin-Marietta Corp. in Orlando, Florida. He went on to work in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  He then returned to industry, serving as the President of North Coast Engineering. 

In 1997 he came to Saint Louis University, where he founded the Biomedical Engineering Department. In 2007, he founded the Interdisciplinary Engineering program at Parks College, which resides in the Biomedical Engineering Department.

Awards and Honors

  • Award at 2013 Senior Reception: “Most Impactful Person”
  • Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at SLU (2001, 2006)
  • Diekhoff Award for Graduate Teaching Excellence

Professional Memberships

  • Phi Beta Phi Honor Society, Life Member
  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) — Senior Member, and Life Member (2007), IEEE Member 1st 50 Years
  • SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) — SACNAS Life Member, 2003
  • AISES (American Indian Science & Engineering Society) — Sequoyah Fellow, Life Member, 2005

Dr. Thomas also sits on the Advisory Board for the Haskell Indian Nations University.

Research Interests

Dr. Thomas’ research interests include human perception, especially vision, and signal and image processing.

Printed Archival Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • Gilmore, G. C., Spinks, R. A., & Thomas, C. W. (2006). Age effects in coding tasks: Componential analysis and test of the sensory deficit hypothesis. Psychology & Aging, v21, n1, 7-18. doi: 10.1037/0882-7974.21.1.7
  • Gilmore, G.C., Groth, K.E., Thomas, C.W. (2005). Stimulus contrast and word reading speed in Alzheimer’s disease. Experimental Aging Research, 31:15-33. doi: 10.1080/03610730590882828
  • Groth, K.E., Gilmore, G.C., Thomas, C.W. (2003). Impact of stimulus integrity on age differences in letter matching. Experimental Aging Research, 29:155-172. doi: 10.1080/03610730303714