Charles R. Thomas, Ph.D.

Charles R. Thomas
Charles R. Thomas, Ph.D.Professor of Engineering

Contact Information

(401) 254-3259cthomas@rwu.eduSE 117

Areas of Expertise

Mechanical Engineering with a focus in acoustics,


B.S. University of Rochester
M.S. & Ph.D. Boston University

Charles Thomas joined the SECCM faculty in Fall of 2005, after completing a year-long postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University whose focus was in the role of bubbles in High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound.  He earned his Ph.D. (2004) and M.S. (2003) degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Boston University as well.  He earned a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Rochester, in 1998.

Dr. Thomas’ thesis work focused on studying the effects of ambient (i.e. gravitational) acceleration on Single Bubble Sonoluminescence.  This work included the exciting opportunity to fly aboard the NASA’s weightless wonder.

While at RWU, his main research activity has been an exciting collaboration with Dr. Dale Leavitt (RWU, Marine Biology), focusing on aquaculture.  They have worked, with a number of students, on an EPA-funded project to convert a fossil fuel-powered fish grow-out facility to a solar-powered facility.

At Roger Williams, he teaches ENGR110 - Engineering Graphics and Design, ENGR305 – Fluid Mechanics and Lab, ENGR350 – Theory and Design for Mechanical Measurements, as well as SUST301 – Analysis and Decision-Making for Sustainability.