The nomination is now open for the 2020 Class of the College of Fellows.
AIMBE brings together Fellows from academia, industry, government and scientific societies to form a highly influential community advancing medical and biological engineering. AIMBE’s mission is to provide leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society. AIMBE is also committed to increasing diversity of the medical and biological community though leadership and advocacy. AIMBE Fellows represent the top 2 percent of the most accomplished leaders in the fields of medical and biological engineering.
Candidates can only be considered for election by the College of Fellows if nominated by an existing Fellow. Fellows are encouraged to nominate candidates who have demonstrated impactful contributions to biomedical engineering, research and innovation. Nominations must include a 250-word description of the candidate’s most accomplished contributions to research or engineering and supported by a CV not longer than 10 total pages. Nominations should specify the candidate’s most significant contributions as supported by the CV and not merely summarize the candidate’s career.
In addition, all nominations must also have a 250-word required description highlighting the candidate’s contributions to their a) professional societies and/or public service; b) contributions to diversity and/or public policy; and/or c) ability to serve as an asset to AIMBE and give back to the field of medical and biological engineering. Nominators should choose one or more contributions and be specific how the candidate, in addition to their research accomplishments, has given back to the fields of medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society.
In both sections of the nomination form, it is important to highlight the impact of the candidate in the field.
Nominators will recommend a Specialty Review Committee to consider the nomination. Each Specialty Review Committee consists of 12 current Fellows, representing the broadest diversity of the College of Fellows including gender, race, and experience in academia, industry, clinical practice and government. All nominations are independently scored by each member of a Specialty Review Committee. Sixty percent of a candidate’s score is based upon the candidate’s contributions to biomedical engineering, research and innovation as detailed in the 250-word description and supported by the 10-page CV. Forty percent of a candidate’s score is based upon the candidate’s contributions of engagement and service to others advancing the fields of medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society as detailed in the 250-word description with the following as examples:
- Professional society and/or public service contributions
- Membership, leadership and volunteerism in professional societies
- Engagement with community and/or public organizations
- Contributions to diversity and/or public policy advocacy
- Activities in support or advancement of diversity activities
- Engagement in public policy at the local, regional, national level
- Ability to serve as an asset to AIMBE
- Advancing the field and profession of engineering
- Contributions to government review or study groups
Candidates receiving the highest scoring in each review subcommittee are advanced directly to the election ballot. Candidates scoring in the middle are provided additional subcommittee review and discussion and, if qualified, approved for the election ballot. Candidates scoring in the lower ranks are carefully reviewed by the specialty subcommittee and, if qualified, can be forwarded to a Special Review Committee for additional consideration. Less than half of all nominated candidates are advanced to the ballot. Although candidates are reviewed based upon impact using the identified criteria and not by professional titles, in recent years few academic nominations from the ranks of Associate Professor have been advanced to the ballot.
The names and credentials of highly qualified candidates are prepared and placed on an electronic ballot and forwarded to the full College of Fellows for consideration and election in November. The ballot contains the name, affiliation, and biography for each candidate. Members of the College of Fellows are asked to vote or abstain on the election of each candidate. If a candidate receives 74.5% of a positive vote (Positive Votes/Total Votes, excluding abstentions), that candidate is elected to the College of Fellows, and inducted at AIMBE’s Annual Event to be held March 29 & 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
The induction ceremony, to be held at the National Academy of Sciences, begins a Fellows’ engagement in AIMBE and contributions to the organization’s mission of recognizing excellence and advocating for the fields of medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society.