American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

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American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
AIMBE Logo.png
Founded 1991
Founder Robert M. Nerem
Type Professional Organization
Focus Biomedical engineering, Biological engineering
Location
Area served
United States
Members
50,000+
Key people
Ravi V. Bellamkonda, AIMBE President 2014-2016
Website www.aimbe.org

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, representing 50,000 individuals and the top 2% of medical and biomedical engineers.

In addition, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering represents academic institutions, private industry, and professional engineering societies. It 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]

Sections[edit]

College of Fellows[edit]

Since AIMBE’s inception, over 1,500 esteemed individuals have been inducted to AIMBE’s College of Fellows. AIMBE’s College consists of clinicians, industry professionals, academics and scientists, who have distinguished themselves through their contributions in research, industrial practice and/or education. 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.

Fellows use the post-nominal FAIMBE.[2][3] Fellows are nominated each year by their peers and represent the top 2% of the medical and biological engineering community. They are considered the life-blood of AIMBE and work towards realizing AIMBE’s vision to provide medical and biological engineering innovation for the benefit of humanity. Fundamental to their achievements is the common goal of embracing innovation to improve the healthcare and safety of society.

Academic Council[edit]

AIMBE’s Academic Council is composed of leading educational programs in medical and biological engineering at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Department chairs generally serve as representatives to the Council, many of whom are elected members of the prestigious AIMBE College of Fellows. The Council’s member institutions play critical roles in educating the next generation of scientists, serving as innovation hubs to investigate new scientific frontiers, and enabling groundbreaking research to be translated into use in the marketplace. Medical and biological engineering educational programs are undergoing tremendous change as the fields grow and take on new shapes; as research funding becomes more difficult to secure; and as the student population, and their desired academic experiences, shifts. AIMBE’s Academic Council serves as a venue to come together and discuss these current issues and acts as a forum to raise the national visibility and advocate for the fields of medical and biological engineering.

Council of Societies[edit]

As AIMBE’s mechanism to coordinate and enhance interaction among 16 scientific organizations in medical and biological engineering, the Council of Societies:

  • Provides a collaborative forum for the establishment of society member positions on issues affecting the field of medical and biological engineering;
  • Fosters intersociety dialogue and cooperation, providing a cohesive public representation for medical and biological engineering, and;
  • Provides a way to coordinate activities of member societies with the activities of academia, government, the health care sector, industry and the public and private biomedical communities.

The challenges facing medical and biological engineering grow more complex each year. The Council of Societies meets these challenges by assuring that resources from throughout the field – particularly the scientific and management talents of key individuals – are brought together most efficiently in pursuit of critical common goals. The Council, in fact, helps to set those goals by identifying and assessing important issues from within their own membership.[4]

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 fellows[edit]

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