Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    March 2017
BMES President Setton Signs MOU With National Society Of Black Engineers
In an effort to help boost the number of African Americans graduating with bachelor's degrees in engineering annually, the Biomedical Engineering Society has entered into a partnership with the National Society of Black Engineers.

BMES President Lori Setton visited NSBE headquarters in Alexandria, VA today to officially sign the Memorandum of Understanding, and discuss the agreement with NSBE's National Vice Chair, Kristopher Rawls and Executive Director Karl Reid. Setton was joined by BMES Board Member and Diversity Committee Chair Guillermo Ameer; and BMES Executive Director Edward Schilling. 

NSBE has set an ambition goal to annually graduate 10,000 black engineers by the year 2025. Under the partnership, BMES will provide support in achieving that goal; and in particular, provide leadership in increasing the number of biomedical engineering degrees awarded to African Americans by 2025.  

Setton noted that BMES has had the goal of promoting a diverse community of biomedical engineers for decades. She said working closely with NSBE can help make that goal a reality.  
Annual Meeting: Abstract submissions open March 1

The 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting will take place this October in Phoenix and we will be accepting abstracts for the meeting starting March 1 with an April 26, 2017.
Please visit for more information about submitting your abstracts and about the meeting.
The October 11-14, 2017 meeting in Phoenix promises to be a dynamic and informative event. It will include an exciting set of tracks, symposia, career events, networking opportunities and more.  

2017 BMES Professional Development Archived and Upcoming Webinars 

The BMES Professional Development webinar series is a valuable benefit the Society offers members. The webinars will help you be successful regardless of your membership level. Take a moment to visit the BMES Education E-Learning website today to view the webinar schedule and list of archived webinars available to members.
Archive Now Available
This webinar features an overview of how to start a BMES Student Chapter and expectations for sustaining a chapter, with a presentation from the 2016 BMES Outstanding Student Chapter awardee winner, Virginia Tech/Wake Forest. The chapter provides their graduate student chapter best practices along with their chapter's goals and accomplishments. They highlight initiatives targeting community outreach and student support. They identify positives of maintaining their chapter as well as lessons learned and how they overcame obstacles while maintaining a chapter. Access Archive today!
April 5, 2017 @ 12:30pm Eastern
Registration Open
This webinar will feature presentations from two BMES members, Mansoor Nasir, PhD and Donald Gaver, PhD, on programs including entrepreneurship and design. The first presentation will highlight how entrepreneurial minded learning can be embedded into the biomedical curriculum with class examples of modules. The second will cover an Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Bioinnovation, a program that cultivates trainee's abilities to develop clinically relevant biomedical technologies and devices leading to marketable products. This program couples research with extensive training in entrepreneurship and regulation to develop graduates who can lead the creation of innovative and cost-effective solutions to complex biomedical problems. Undergraduate and graduate students will benefit from the webinar as well as faculty and educators. Register today!
BMES will be launching several other new professional development webinars this year, including topics on:
  • Partnerships between Clinicians and Engineers Using Computational Models Standards in the Classroom - April 18, 2017 @ 2:00pm ET
  • Launching a Start-Up from a University Research Lab - May 2017
  • BME ABET Program Criteria and Assessment - August 2017
  • How to Engage Industry More Effectively with Local Chapters - September 2017
  • Best Practices and How to Sustain a BMES Student Chapter (featuring 2017 Chapter Awardees) - October 2017
  • Connecting Leaders in BME with Underrepresented Groups - November 2017
The variety of webinars offered will help you be successful regardless of your membership level. Take a moment to visit the BMES Education E-Learning website to learn more about registering for upcoming webinars and accessing archived webinars. 

BMES Undergraduate Design Competition: Apply Now

All BMES student chapter members engaged in student design projects are encouraged to enter the undergraduate design competition. 

All design team members must be BMES student members and chapter members in good standing. The top 6 proposals will be chosen and those teams will be given an opportunity to present their work via oral presentations at the BMES 2017 Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their undergraduate design work and present their innovations at BMES 2017 Annual Meeting and network with product development and design professionals in BME.  

Prizes will be awarded.

For questions or additional information on applying, please contact Liz Da Silva,

Application deadline is 11 p.m. EST on May 31, 2017.  Late applications will not be accepted. 

FASEB urges congress to reject the Trump administration budget blueprint

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology voiced its opposition to President Trump's proposed budget which calls for a $5.8 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health. 

FASEB called on Congress to block the 20% cut.

"The proposed cut to NIH is, quite simply, a travesty because it threatens the life of every American, harms our economy, and abdicates the United States' role as a world leader in research," FASEB President Hudson Freeze, PhD said in a statement.

"Advances in biomedical and biological research have improved the health of our citizens, generated new treatments for life-threatening diseases, and enhanced our quality of life. Opportunities for additional progress are enormous and at our doorstep, but that promising future success requires sustained and predictable growth in the federal investment in the nation's research enterprise. The proposed reduction in research funding is unconscionable and endangers the national security of our country,"    

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Research could help quickly identify some types of cancer cells

Research performed at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology could eventually help quickly identify metastatic cells, such as those found in breast cancers, according to researchers.

"A critical step in metastases formation is cancer-cell invasion through tissue," according to the article published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.

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Northwestern and U of Chicago researchers successfully re-grow bone

A team of researchers repaired a hole in a mouse's skull by regrowing "quality bone," a breakthrough that could drastically improve the care of people who suffer severe trauma to the skull or face, according to a Northwestern University article. 

The work by a joint team of Northwestern Engineering and University of Chicago researchers shows that a combination of technologies was able to regenerate the skull bone with supporting blood vessels in just the discrete area needed without developing scar tissue.

The method was also more rapid than previous methods.

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BMES updates Society's website

In our ongoing effort to provide our members with the best user experience possible, BMES has developed a new website that streamlines navigation, improves mobile device compatibility and enhances member services.
We hope you like the new changes we've made.
You can still use your current login and password credentials. 

If you forget your password you can easily
reset it here

If you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us at 1-877-871-BMES (2367) or email us at .

BMES 50th Anniversary: Call for historical photos

The Biomedical Engineering Society will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2018. Several programs and events are being planned to recognize the milestone.   

The 50th Anniversary Committee requests that members search their offices, homes and old hard drives for photos that document the Society's 50 years.   

We are interested in anything historical, including: 
  • Annual Meetings    
  • Lab personnel photos    
  • Campus events related to BMES    
  • Important achievements of BMES members    
  • And, any other documentation related to the Society's
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Data Science Fellowship

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares Masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Locations: There will be both an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section of the fellowship. There is a common application for both the online and in-person sections.  

Dates: All sections will be from 2017-06-19 - 2017-08-11  

Application Link: Who should apply: Anyone within one year of graduating from a masters or PhD program or who has already obtained a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.  

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast.  Signup soon as space is limited.  

For additional information, checkout our blog.
Call for BMES Award Nominations:
May 15th Deadline 

BMES recognizes individuals for their accomplishments, significant contributions and service to the Society and the field of biomedical engineering. BMES is now accepting nominations and applications for the following awards:
Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award is awarded each year to an individual to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering.
Diversity Award honors outstanding contributions to improving gender and racial diversity in biomedical engineering. Call for nominations Now Open.
Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Lecture Award is offered to stimulate research careers in biomedical engineering.
Distinguished Achievement Award is presented each year to an individual, company, charitable foundation, or non-academic institution that has made great contributions to the field of biomedical engineering.
Career Development Awards are available to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty, and early career professionals from underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering. The awards are also intended to support participation from BMES members involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health.
For more information on these awards, including how to submit a nomination or apply, please CLICK HERE . Please read each award description carefully as award requirements and amounts have changed for some awards.
Nominations and applications accepted online only through May 15, 2017.

BMES Chapter Development Reports due June 1st 2017

Submissions are being accepted now! 

Chapter Development Reports can be submitted any time prior to the June 1st deadline. All BMES student chapters are encouraged to submit a Chapter Development Report annually. 

The BMES Chapter Development Report (CDR) serves as a tool by which student BMES chapters can monitor and assess their progress on an annual basis, as well as a mechanism for BMES to monitor the operations and activities of student chapters throughout the Society. 

BMES Student Chapters submitting a yearly CDR are eligible to apply for BMES Grant Funding for their programs.  For additional questions or information on applying, please contact

Industry Briefing - NEW!

Starting this month, BMES will include a section in each newsletter titled "Industry Briefing", which will consist of latest biomedical industry news and updates on BMES industry events and programs.

Industry News
BMES Industry Events/Programs

Coming soon!
- The BMES "Tech Launch Program" will soon be accepting applications from any BMES member interested in starting a business or licensing a technology. The two-prong purpose of the TLP is: 1) To support the entrepreneurial success of startup ventures based on innovative technologies in the biomedical, biotech and life science fields; and 2) To assist manufacturers with finding researchers, universities and companies having technologies of interest to the manufacturers.    

Industry Program returning to BMES 2017
- The Industry Program will be returning to the BMES Annual Meeting, October 11 th - 14 th in Phoenix, AZ. The program will include an entrepreneur workshop, tech transfer meetings, venture capital partnering, an industry-clinician networking event, technical workshops, industry tours, and much more.

The co-sponsored BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices conference returning to Washington, D.C. from May 16 th - 18 th. For more information, click here.

Industry chapters host quarterly events to promote local networking and professional development. For more information on events, click here. For more information on joining or starting an industry chapter in your area, click here.

8th Annual Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference

The Biomedical Engineering Society at San Jose State University (SJSU) will hold its the 8th Annual Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference. This year's theme is Medical Devices in the Connected World.

For more information about the conference, speakers or program please visit website or email if you have any questions. 

Where: SJSU Student Union Ballroom
When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Theme: Medical Devices in the Connected World

University of Pittsburgh Undergraduate BMES Chapter hosts Design in a Box event

Planned with advice from the Clemson University BMES chapter, our event teamed up students with four of our BioEngineering professors - Drs. Carsten Stuckenholtz, Joe Samoksy, Aaron Batista, and the chair of the department Dr. Sanjeev Shroff.

Teams were asked to design a piece of equipment to assist disabled or elderly people in playing the sports they love, and were only given rudimentary supplies, such as recyclables, paper, and cardboard.

We had a great event and would like to thank all of our attendees and professors as well as Clemson BMES for all their help!  

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