Fellow Advocate Award

The AIMBE Fellow Advocate Award was created in 2009 to recognize a Fellow who has made outstanding contributions to taking an active role in local, state and/or federal policy or regulations, meeting with lawmakers and briefing them on medical and biological engineering issues; advancing public positions in editorials, talks or rallies. The AIMBE Fellow Advocate Award is presented at the Annual Event.

Nomination Procedures 

Both nominators and nominees must be AIMBE Fellows and in good standing with the organization. Nominators shall provide the name, contact details, maximum 30-word citation, and 500-word description of the candidate’s contributions meriting the award, as well as a letter of support. Citations, as well as the 500-word statement, must specially address accomplishments pertinent ONLY to the impact of the award for which the candidate is nominated. Nominations should provide specific metrics to support the candidate’s impact (personal anecdotes will not be considered). The letter of support must be from an individual with direct knowledge of the impact for which the candidate is nominated. Nominators should also submit a CV (5 pages max) that highlights the nominee’s accomplishments that are relevant to the award category.


Paul Sanberg

2019 Fellow Advocate Award

Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Distinguished University Professor of Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering
Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation & Knowledge Enterprise
University of South Florida

For leadership in communicating the importance of innovation and invention to policy makers around the nation as well as to the general public.




2018 Fellow Advocate Award

Rory Cooper, Ph.D.

Founding Director and VA Senior Research Career Scientist
Human Engineering Research Laboratories
University of Pittsburgh

For ground-breaking innovations in developing next generation assistive technology to promote independent living, upgraded rehabilitation practices and improved treatment guidelines for combat amputees.



2015 Fellow Advocate Award

Thomas C. Skalak, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Science and Technology Programs
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation






2012 Fellow Advocate Award

Anne Meyer, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research, School of Dental Medicine
State University of New York at Buffalo





2010 Fellow Advocate Award

John Watson, Ph.D.

Director/Professor, Bioengineering
University of California, San Diego





2009 Fellow Advocate Award

Luis Kun, Ph.D.

Professor of National Security
National Defense University