The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., representing 50,000 individuals and the top 2% of medical and biological engineers. In addition, AIMBE represents academic institutions, private industry, and professional engineering societies. AIMBE was founded in 1991 and its current vision is to provide leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society.
The health and value of AIMBE as an advocate for public policy issues related to improving lives through medical and biological engineering is ensured by a College of Fellows comprised of experts in areas such as clinical practice, industrial practice, and education. Fellows and constituents of AIMBE cultivate ideas and address current issues by attending national events intended to advance the mission of AIMBE. Among these events is the AIMBE Annual Event which takes place each winter. At this event, Fellows and distinguished guests meet and discuss innovations in biomedical engineering, pertinent legislation, and the future of AIMBE.
AIMBE is an organization driven by its own members. It consistently provides a reliable, authoritative voice during dialogue with lawmakers and stakeholders in product development. By fostering relationships with related organizations and individuals, AIMBE lays a foundation for policy-making effective in improving the lives of citizens and patients.
AIMBE is the authoritative voice and advocate for the value of medical and biological engineering to society. It is an organization of leaders in medical and biological engineering, consisting of academic, industrial, professional society councils and elected fellows. As such, AIMBE will:
- Communicate objectively with, and respond to, U.S. and state government agencies, Congress, industry, academia, and professional societies by advocating and providing service to the public via medical and biological engineering
- Contribute to public policy-making to advance medical and biological engineering and benefit the general public
- Work to ensure appropriate private and public investment to advance medical and biological engineering translational research and innovation
- Inspire, educate, and involve young people who will be the future leaders of medical and biological engineering
- Promote intersociety and multi-disciplinary cooperation within the medical and biological engineering community
- Recognize and honor individual and group achievements and contributions to the field of medical and biological engineering
AIMBE is comprised of four sections:
- The College of Fellows – Approximately 1,000 individuals who are the outstanding biomedical and biological engineers in academia, industry, and government. These leaders in the field have distinguished themselves through their contributions in research, industrial practice and/or education. Potential Fellows are nominated by current AIMBE Fellows. Nominees are then reviewed by a subcommittee catered to their professional expertise or accomplishments. If a nominee gains approval from a subcommittee, they are then voted upon by the entire fellowship. Candidates who receive approval from the majority of the College of Fellows are inducted during the AIMBE Annual Event. Members retain lifelong membership.
- The Academic Council – Universities with educational programs in bioengineering at the graduate or undergraduate level. Currently there are over 90 member institutions. The Council considers issues ranging from curricular standards and accreditation to employment of graduates and funding for graduate study. The Council also plays an important role in dialogue with representatives of industrial engineering concerning the successful transfer of innovative concepts from academic research into real products that may improve patient care and well-being from all people.
- The Council of Societies – AIMBE’s mechanism of coordinating interaction among professional and scientific organizations in medical and biological engineering. The purposes of the Council are to provide a collaborative forum for the establishment of society member positions on issues affecting the field of MBE, to foster dialogue and cooperation that provides a cohesive public representation for medical and biological engineering, and to provide a way to coordinate activities of member societies with the activities of academia, government, the health care sector, industry and the public and private bioengineering communities. The Council of Societies reaches approximately 50,000 people. The Council meets each winter at the AIMBE Annual Event, and major initiatives undertaken at recent events have included the formulation of committees to address national workforce initiatives, implementing national innovation agendas, developing consensus statements regarding federal research funding levels, and assessing the future of bioengineering through analyzing its economic impact.
- The Industry Council – The voice for industry, acting on common interests that will advance the field of MBE and contribute to public health and welfare. Corporate organizations may be members of the Industry Council if they have substantial and continuing professional interest in the field of medical and biological engineering.
The AIMBE Board of Directors oversees the work of the College of Fellows and the three Councils. The Board consists of a President who is assisted by two Past Presidents, the President-Elect, four Vice-Presidents at Large, a Secretary-Treasurer and the Chair of the College of Fellows – all of whom are elected by the Fellows. The Board also includes chairs of the other Councils and chairs of all standing committees. AIMBE’s day-to-day operations are supervised by the Executive Director in the Washington headquarters.
AIMBE’s Annual Eventis held each winter in Washington, D.C., provides a forum on the organization’s activities and is a showcase for key developments in medical and biological engineering. The Annual Event includes a one-day scientific symposium sponsored by the College of Fellows, a ceremony to induct the newly elected Fellows, and a one-day series of business meetings focused on public policy and other issues of interest to AIMBE’s constituents.