AIMBE’s Diversity Commitment

As part of continuing efforts to advance diversity, AIMBE has launched a new website to highlight the contributions of a diverse biomedical community. Women and underrepresented minorities have made tremendous breakthroughs and innovations that are critical to the field, often while overcoming many obstacles. AIMBE celebrates these trailblazers with this newest resource ( and provides a central touchpoint where individuals can find resources about diversity in the field, learn about the scientific advances of women and underrepresented minorities, and track both the progress and obstacles to success. View and share the website here.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The mission of this committee is to advocate for equity in engineering, promote leadership, recognize excellence, and support the next generation of all diverse groups (e.g., women, underrepresented minorities, LGBTQ, physically disabled) in Medical and Biological Engineering. Engaging with US and state governmental agencies, and with lawmakers; inspiring the future women and diverse leaders in the MBE community; and highlighting the achievements of women, underrepresented minorities, and other diverse groups in science defines our work. Additionally, we work to achieve greater inclusion within AIMBE, building an organization reflective of the diversity of this community.


Naomi C. Chesler, Ph.D.

Director, Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of California, Irvine


Rory A. Cooper, Ph.D.

Founding Director
Human Engineering Research Laboratories
University of Pittsburgh

Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez, Ph.D.

Professor, L.B. (Preach) Meaders Professorship in Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Texas at Austin

Diane Dalecki, Ph.D.

Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Rochester

Michele J. Grimm, Ph.D.

Wielenga Creative Engineering Endowed Professor
Departments of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
Michigan State University

Ann Lee-Karlon, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President
Research and Early Development

Susan S. Margulies, Ph.D.

Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University

Andre F. Palmer, Ph.D.

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Ohio State University

Terry O. Woods, Ph.D.

Standards Expert and Senior Engineer
Center for Devices & Radiological Health
US Food & Drug Administration

Committee for Underrepresented Minorities (CURM)

As in other science and engineering fields, minorities represent a small fraction of the medical and biological engineering (MBE) community. In 2009 AIMBE created the Committee on Underrepresented Minorities (CURM) to recognize the contributions of underrepresented minorities (URM) in MBE and to advocate on their behalf for their advancement within the field. CURM seeks to educate people on issues affecting URM and provide leadership training and greater opportunities to minorities in MBE.


Norma A. Alcantar, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
University of South Florida