Nominators will identify the discipline most closely aligned with their nominees’ work and achievements. Each nomination will be independently scored and evaluated by a review committee consisting of AIMBE Fellows, representing the broadest diversity of the College of Fellows including gender, race, and experience in academia, industry, clinical practice and government.
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 but are generally not advanced to the ballot. 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 biosketch 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. The number of international candidates advanced to the ballot can be no more than 10 percent of the total number of candidates on the ballot.
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.
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