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|Founder||Robert M. Nerem|
|Focus||Biomedical engineering, Biological engineering|
|Ravi V. Bellamkonda, AIMBE President 2014-2016|
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.
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. 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.
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.
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