Candidates can only be considered for election by the College of Fellows if nominated by an existing Fellow. Fellows are encouraged to nominate candidates that have demonstrated long-lasting contributions to biomedical engineering and innovation. AIMBE Fellows represent the top 2 percent of the most accomplished leaders in the fields of medical and biological engineering. All nominations are evaluated by specialty review subcommittees. Among the criteria used to score nominations are the following:
1) Professional society and/or public service contributions
2) Contributions to research or engineering practice
3) Ability to serve as an asset to AIMBE
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, forwarded to a Special Review Committee for additional consideration. All qualified candidates approved by the Specialty Subcommittees or Special Review Committee are advanced to the election ballot. In recent years, few academic nominations from the ranks of Associate Professor have been advanced to the ballot and only a small percent of these nominations have received sufficient votes to be elected.
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 24 & 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The induction ceremony occurs Monday, March 25, 2019 at the National Academy of Sciences.