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

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.


Josephine B. Allen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Genzyme Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
University of Florida


Evan Scott, Ph.D.

Kay Davis Professor, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Director of PhD Admissions of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Northwestern University