Dear AIMBE Fellows and Colleagues:
The fall season for AIMBE is marked by electing outstanding colleagues to the 2019 Class of the College of Fellows, along with new AIMBE initiatives to get involved in.
The ballot for the 2019 Class of the College of Fellows has been circulated and I hope each of you will take the time to vote for your colleagues. More than 300 Fellows were involved in the nominations and review process, making this the most rigorous and robust slate of candidates to date. I personally want to thank everyone who contributed to the reviews of the nominations (a tough process!) and also to College of Fellows Chair-Elect, Paul Citron, who appointed and oversaw the review sub-committees. Be sure to complete and submit your online ballot by November 20th. An email with personalized links to all Fellows in Good Standing has been sent. If you did not receive your ballot, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While you’re thinking about peers who should be recognized by AIMBE, consider submitting a nomination for the Pierre Galletti Award. This award is the highest honor bestowed to an AIMBE Fellow. Submit your nomination here by December 31st. Awardees will be announced at the AIMBE Annual Event next spring.
The AIMBE Annual Meeting will take place on March 24-25, 2019. Tejal Desai, College of Fellows Chair, has put together a wonderful program. I will be hosting a Presidents Circle reception for all Fellows who have donated $250 or more to AIMBE’s mission on Saturday, March 23. Mark your calendars now to be sure to attend. Register and donate in one easy step at annualevent.aimbe.org.
A theme that will be addressed at the Annual Meeting and throughout AIMBE’s work is one of diversity and inclusion in engineering. Women and underrepresented minorities have made tremendous breakthroughs and innovations that are critical to the field, often while overcoming many obstacles. AIMBE celebrates these trailblazers with a new website (diversity.aimbe.org) and provides a central touchpoint where individuals can find resources about diversity in the field, learn about the scientific advances of women and underrepresented minorities, and track both the progress and obstacles to success. Please share this resource, diversity.aimbe.org, widely with your networks.
AIMBE is proud to support new initiatives spearheaded by Fellows to advance the field. I encourage you to attend the following AIMBE-sponsored workshops in 2019:
Navigating the Nexus between Regulatory Science/Policy and Entrepreneurship
Date: February 11, 2019
Location: Washington, DC
Register to Attend
Regulatory Education in Engineering Programs
April 15-16, 2019
Location: FDA in Silver Spring, MD
Register to Attend
Lastly, I’m seeking your help in setting the agenda for AIMBE in advancing medical and biological engineering. If you would like to be considered for an AIMBE Board of Directors position, please be in touch at email@example.com.
Christine E. Schmidt, Ph.D.