AIMBE 2021 Annual Event

AIMBE Connect – A New Experience

Friday, March 26, 2021

Join us for this unique AIMBE Connect experience, including the induction of the 2021 Class of the College of Fellows and presentation of the Pierre Galletti Award during the Awards Ceremony.


3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Join us for this prestigious induction ceremony of the AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2021, announcing the election of 174 new members to the College in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements. Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer.


4:10 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. ET

Join AIMBE in our annual Awards Ceremony and presentation of the prestigious Pierre Galletti Award. Learn more about the Pierre Galletti Award here. In addition, awardees of the AIMBE Professional Impact Awards will be announced and celebrated by their esteemed peers.

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic
Pierre Galletti Awardee – Bio


5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET

A Conversation on Racial Health Disparities at the Intersection of Advocacy, Engineering, and Medicine: Lessons Learned from Systemic Racism and Underfunding in Sickle Cell Disease

This is a call for collective engagement to bring engineers, clinicians, industry leaders, legislators, and patient advocacy groups together to raise awareness and design approaches to address diseases and health disparities. In this virtual meeting, we expect the pooling of expertise and interests to drive material progress on underfunded diseases and the correlated health disparities. 

Using sickle cell disease as a case study in an interactive session, a panel of experts will discuss the challenges at the intersection of medical and biological engineering, regulatory affairs, socioeconomic conditions, medical training, and venture capital.

Learning Objectives:

1) Educate AIMBE Fellows on how to most effectively engage their expertise to address these issues at a systems level

2) Brainstorm and identify key pain points that can be addressed by engaging federal, private, industry, and venture capital resources

3) Inform AIMBE Fellows on successful advocacy efforts that have engaged patient advocacy groups, industry, scientific societies, clinical care providers, and federal agencies

Moderator – Manu Platt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Diversity Director, STC on Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems
GRA Distinguished Scholar, Georgia Tech/Emory University



Kathryne Cooper, MBA

The West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP)


Michael R. DeBaun, MD, MPH

Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
JC Peterson Endowed Chair, and Founder and Director, Vanderbilt- Meharry Sickle Cell Disease Center of Excellence


Shruti Kothari, MPH

Director of Industry Initiatives, Blue Shield of California
Founder, Women of Community


Swee Lay Thein, D.Sc.

Senior Investigator and Chief
Sickle Cell Genetics and Pathophysiology
NHLBI, National Institutes of Health


Alexis Thompson, MD, MPH

Hematology Section Head and A. Watson and Sarah Armour Endowed Chair for Blood Diseases and Cancer, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Dawn Tilbury, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Directorate for Engineering, National Science Foundation



Gilda Barabino, Ph.D.

Past President, AIMBE

Olin College of Engineering

Paul Citron

Past Chair, College of Fellows

Vice President of Technology Policy & Academic Relations (Retired)

Jerry Collins, Ph.D.

Fellow, AIMBE

Adjunct Faculty
Alabama A&M University

Tejal Desai, Ph.D.


Ernest L. Prien Professor and Chair, Department of Bioengineering
University of California, San Francisco

Susan Margulies, Ph.D.

Chair-Elect, College of Fellows

Wallace H. Coulter Chair, Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University

Joyce Wong, Ph.D.

Chair, College of Fellows

College of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Fellow
Boston University