American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

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American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
AIMBE logo.gif
Founded 1991
Type Professional Organization
Focus Biomedical engineering, Biological engineering
Area served United States
Members 50,000+
Key people Raphael C. Lee, MD, ScD, DSc(Hon), FACS - AIMBE Board of Directors President, 2012-2013

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., representing 50,000 individuals and the top 2% of medical and biomedical engineers. In addition, AIMBE represents academic institutions, private industry, and professional engineering societies. AIMBE was founded in 1991 and its current vision is to provide leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society.[1]


The College of Fellows[edit]

The College of Fellows is composed of 1,000 medical and biological engineers who, by their contributions through research or education, have distinguished themselves as leaders in their respective specialties. These prominent scientists have helped improve the quality of life throughout the world by their dedication to revolutionize the engineering and medical fields. These fellows include heads of medical and engineering schools at many prestigious universities. Some fellows work for the government, acting as consultants, or directing clinical trials. Fellows are members of other prominent academic institutions, such as the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. Others have received the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology.

The Academic Council[edit]

The Academic Council consists of representative of many of the universities in the United States which offer undergraduate or graduate courses in biomedical engineering. The main focus of the council is to develop new ways of applying information from the biomedical engineering field to improve the quality of life in the world. The members in the councils also aim to prepare students for careers in the biomedical fields, and improve the research that their specific academic institutions work on. The members of the Academic Council meet biannually, and use the time to get to know other educators in their field from around the country, and exchange ideas.

The Council of Societies[edit]

The Council of Societies are made up of sixteen smaller organizations in the biomedical field, and it exists to provide a way of communication and interaction between the different specialties. Also, the council exists to coordinate the different groups for important events, such as academic or business conferences.

Industry Council[edit]

The Industry Council consists of the corporate leaders in the biomedical engineering field. This fosters collaboration between biomedical companies, and ensures that the general public is well served through new innovations and technology developed by the businesses.

Notable members[edit]

  • Cato T. Laurencin, was the 2009 winner of the Pierre Galletti Award, the highest honor the AIMBE awards, for his contributions to tissue engineering[2]
  • Arthur Coury, was a former president of the AIMBE, and has headed numerous other prestigious organizations[3]


  1. ^ "AIMBE About Page". 
  2. ^ "Honoring A Biomedical Legacy". Hartford Business Journal. 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  3. ^ Sue Moncure (2009-02-17). "UD alum is honored for research in biomaterials". Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 

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