Diversifying Paths to Academic Leadership

Insights from an AIMBE Workshop: Diversifying Paths to Academic Leadership


The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) hosted a virtual symposium titled “Diversifying Paths to Academic Leadership” on January 27 and 28, 2022. The symposium sought to educate the community on the opportunities for and impact of leadership by biomedical engineering faculty, to encourage and invite women faculty, especially women of color, to consider and prepare to pursue leadership roles, to educate faculty on the expectations and duties of these roles, and to highlight experiences and paths to leadership of women engineering leaders. Here we review the main outcomes of the symposium to provide perspective on (1) personal visioning and positioning for leadership, (2) negotiating for success in leadership positions, and (3) leadership strategies for success specific to women faculty and where applicable, faculty of color.

AIMBE hosted a symposium on Diversifying Paths to Academic Leadership. The symposium was sponsored by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a non-profit honorific society of the most accomplished medical and biological engineers. The purpose of the symposium were to:

  • Broaden opportunities for diverse and underrepresented leadership in BioE
  • Encourage and invite faculty to consider and prepare to pursue leadership roles
  • Educate faculty on expectations and duties of these roles
  • Highlight experiences and paths to leadership

The first day of the symposium was open to all faculty to register and attend. The second day of the symposium focused on breakout discussion groups and was open to faculty women to apply to attend through a short application.


Andrew G. Alleyne, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota


Maritza Salazar Campo, Ph.D., MSW
Assistant Professor of Organization and Management
The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine


Julie Filizetti, Ed.D.
Isaacson, Miller


Regan Gough
Isaacson, Miller


Joi Hayes-Scott 
Russell Reynolds Associates


Elizabeth G. Loboa, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Southern Methodist University


Susan S. Margulies, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of NSF, Engineering Directorate

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory School of Medicine
GRA Eminent Scholar in Injury Biomechanics


Rena Seltzer, MSW, ACSW
Leader Academic


Jennifer L. West, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean
University of Virginia School of Engineering


The planning group for this symposium includes:

  • Beth Pruitt, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Naomi Chesler, University of California, Irvine
  • Tejal Desai, AIMBE President, University of California, San Francisco
  • Lola Eniola-Adefeso, University of Michigan
  • Michele Grimm, Michigan State University
  • Susan Margulies, Georgia Tech/Emory University
  • Scott Simon, University of California, Davis

Questions? Contact program@aimbe.org