Academic Council

Training Grounds for Future Innovators

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. It is a source of many other benefits, including:

  • Representation through AIMBE’s advocacy efforts to increase federal support for research funding at the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies 
  • The opportunity to submit nominations for your faculty to be inducted into AIMBE’s prestigious College of Fellows, a peer-elected honorific society of the most accomplished leaders in medical and biological engineering
  • Learning from our nation’s science policy advisors (at AIMBE’s Annual Event and BMES’ annual meeting) regarding the latest federal initiatives impacting the fields of medical and biological engineering
  • Input on AIMBE initiatives that aim to increase the understanding and value of medical and biological engineering to the public and policy makers
  • Contributing to, and raising the level of, visibility of your institution to students considering career pathways in medical and biological engineering through a new AIMBE website: Navigate the Circuit
  • A special opportunity to engage your trainees in AIMBE’s new Scholars Program, bringing postdoctoral scholars to Washington, DC to spend a year working in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Featuring your institution on AIMBE’s website as a leading educator in the fields of medical and biological engineering
  • Staying abreast of breaking public policy developments, relevant policy conferences and workshops, and opportunities to provide input on federal initiatives through AIMBE’s bimonthly newsletter, FLASH