AIMBE 2019 Annual Event

    March 24 & 25, 2019 | Washington, DC



    The Only Biomedical Engineering Conference Combining Scientific Lectures with Public Policy Discussion


    Register Now Hotel Schedule Speakers



    AIMBE 2019 Annual Event

    March 24 & 25, 2019 | Washington, DC



    The Only Biomedical Engineering Conference Combining Scientific Lectures with Public Policy Discussion


    Register Now Hotel Schedule Speakers



    AIMBE 2019 Annual Event

    March 24 & 25, 2019 | Washington, DC



    The Only Biomedical Engineering Conference Combining Scientific Lectures with Public Policy Discussion


    Register Now Hotel Schedule Speakers


Bruce Tromberg

Director, NIBIB

During an official swearing in ceremony on Jan. 7, 2019, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, NIH Director Francis Collins officially welcomed Bruce J. Tromberg, Ph.D., to assume the post of Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Dr. Tromberg is a pioneering leader in the field of biophotonics…

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Susan Margulies

2019 Earl Bakken Lecturer | Chair, Dept. of BME, GeorgiaTech/Emory

Dr. Margulies is the Chair of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, and the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Injury Biomechanics. She received her BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton and PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and was

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Katherine Ferrara

Professor of Radiology, Stanford University

Katherine Ferrara is a Professor of Radiology at Stanford University. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, IEEE, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Biomedical Engineering Society and the Acoustical Society of

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Frazier Benya

Senior Program Officer, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Dr. Frazier Benya is a Senior Program Officer with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Benya’s work focuses on ensuring that science, engineering, and medicine are ethical and socially responsible, both in their practice and in who gets to

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Joseph DeSimone

CEO/Co-founder of Carbon, Inc.

Dr. Joseph M. DeSimone is the CEO/Co-founder of Carbon, Inc. located in Silicon Valley. Prior to this, DeSimone was the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State

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Guru Madhavan

Senior Program Officer | Director of Studies, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Guru Madhavan is director of programs of the National Academy of Engineering. His portfolio of work in health and medicine at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has included leading the analyses for making prescription medicines affordable and developing a national strategy for cancer control in the U.S., directing a global health

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Camara Jones

Past President, American Public Health Association

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD is a Past President of the American Public Health Association (2015-2016) and a Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on naming, measuring, and addressing the…

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Cato Laurencin

Albert & Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. is a University Professor at the University of Connecticut (the 8th to be designated in the institution’s over 140 year history). He is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is Professor of Chemical, and Biomolecular Engineering, Professor of Materials Science

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Gilda Barabino

President, AIMBE

Gilda A. Barabino is the Daniel and Frances Berg Professor and Dean of the Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). She holds appointments the in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and the CUNY School of Medicine. Prior to joining CCNY, she served as Associate Chair for…

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Paul Citron

Chair-Elect, College of Fellows, AIMBE

Paul Citron retired in 2003 from Medtronic, Inc., a pioneer in the medical device industry and the largest developer of implantable therapeutic devices. He was Vice President of Technology Policy and Academic Relations. Previously he was Medtronic’s Vice President of Science and Technology for over 15 years, responsible for corporate-wide

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Tejal Desai

Chair, College of Fellows, AIMBE

Dr. Tejal Desai is currently the Ernest L. Prien Professor and Chair of the department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also a member of the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research, PI of the UCSF/UC Berkeley Graduate Group in Bioengineering Training Grant, and founding director

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Christine Schmidt

President, AIMBE

Christine E. Schmidt, Ph.D., Pruitt Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida, is the current President of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Schmidt was inducted as an AIMBE Fellow in 2009 and previously served as Chair of the College of Fellows for 2015-2016. Schmidt earned…

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Milan Yager

Executive Director, AIMBE

Milan P. Yager is a long-time Washington insider having served in senior association and government positions in the public and private sectors. As AIMBE’s Executive Director, he brings experience and success in delivering innovative new programming, organizational leadership, advocacy, and public a airs results in repositioning organizations to achieve operational and strategic objectives. His background includes…

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  • Saturday, March 23, 2019

    7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    President's Circle Reception to be held at the Renaissance Arlington

    President’s Circle Reception from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel. This event is by Invitation Only to AIMBE Fellows that have given a voluntary contribution of $250 or more to AIMBE’s Mission. Contributions can be made as part of the Annual Meeting Registration here.

  • Sunday, March 24, 2019

    All Sunday Programming at the Renaissance Arlington

  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am AIMBE’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Committee on Underrepresented Minorities (CURM)

    AIMBE’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee welcomes everyone for coffee and doughnuts to discuss efforts to identify and nominate minority candidates for the College of Fellows and other agenda priorities for AIMBE’s expanded diversity efforts.

  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am New Inductee Orientation - Tejal Desai, Ph.D. and Paul Citron

    College of Fellows Chair Tejal Desai and Chair-Elect Paul Citron will provide an orientation to new inductees about AIMBE, its programming and services, and mission. Learn about how candidates are nominated, reviewed and elected to the College of Fellows. Find out how AIMBE is more than just an honorific society but an engaged community impacting public policy on medical innovation and discovery. Meet new colleagues in the Class of 2019 and get insight on the induction ceremony.

  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Council of Chairs Meeting

    Affiliated organization of biomedical engineering programs chairs. Members of the CoC only.

  • 1:00 pm – 1:20 pm Opening General Session - Presidential Address, Christine Schmidt, Ph.D.

    AIMBE President Christine Schmidt will provide the Presidential Welcome Address highlighting AIMBE’s critical mission and achievements in advocating for the fields of medical and biological engineering.

  • 1:20 pm – 5:15 pm

    Scientific Lecture Series

    The hallmark of AIMBE’s meeting is the strong scientific lectures presenting on a wide variety of medical and biological engineering issues. These lectures match the depth and breadth of AIMBE’s diverse membership from innovative materials, imaging, and cellular engineering to bioinformatics, medical devices, and neuroengineering. Leaving the comfort of one’s discipline, attendees find these lectures unite AIMBE’s membership in the conversation of discovery and innovation.

  • 1:20 pm – 2:10 pm Earl Bakken Lecture - Susan Margulies, Ph.D.

    Each year, AIMBE hosts the Earl Bakken Lecture as the organization’s most meaningful scientific lecture providing both insight and illumination to the grand scientific challenges of biomedical research. Dr. Susan Margulies is the 2019 Earl Bakken Lecturer. She is the Chair of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, and the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Injury Biomechanics.

  • 2:15 pm – 2:50 pm Policy Lecture - Milan P. Yager

    Always one of the highest-rated presentations, AIMBE’s Executive Director Milan Yager will reveal seven Congressional secrets lawmakers use to avoid providing critical federal funding for science and biomedical research. A new Congress will take office in January, but the tricks remain the same.

  • 2:55 pm – 3:40 pm Scientific Lecture - Katherine Ferrara, Ph.D.

    Dr. Kathy Ferrara is Professor of Radiology at Stanford University. As the only women in her early engineering classes, Dr. Ferrara has made it a priority to advance biomedical engineering as a career choice for women. Today, her lab is known for early work in aspects of ultrasonic imaging and more recently expanded to focus on molecular imaging and drug delivery.

  • 3:40 pm – 4:20 pm Translational Lecture - Joseph M. DeSimone, Ph.D.

    Dr. Joseph M. DeSimone is the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at UNC Chapel Hill and adjunct member at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. From his popular TED Talks, to his innovative research and entrepreneurial work, Dr. DeSimone will discuss the interface of polymer science with medicine and newly developed CLIP technology for rapid 3D printing.

  • 4:25 pm – 5:10 pm Policy Lecture - Guru Madhaven, Ph.D.

    Named one of the “Newest Faces in Engineering,” Dr. Guru Madhaven, is a biomedical engineer and senior policy advisor conducting research at the National Academies. Dr. Madhaven will challenge your thinking on how engineering transforms our lives and impacts global challenges and progress.

  • 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm

    Council Meetings

  • 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm Academic Council Meeting

    One of AIMBE’s most engaged communities, the Academic Council proudly presents a stimulating talk by a senior government official. This council is made up of Department Chairs and designated representatives of each of AIMBE’s member colleges and universities engaged in biomedical engineering education. This meeting is open to all.

  • 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm Industry Council Meeting

    The Industry Council has long sponsored, and will once again host, the 2018-19 AIMBE/FDA Scholars. Hear about the projects and achievements of AIMBE’s Scholars from the mid-point of their year-long appointments at FDA. The Industry Council hosts both Fellows working at private companies and academic Fellows with an interest or involvement in the manufacture, distribution and sales of biomedical innovations. This meeting is open to all.

  • 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm Council of Societies Meeting

    A critical pillar of AIMBE’s membership is the Council of Societies where leadership and representatives of member Societies coordinate advocacy activities and formulate collaborative partnerships. This open discussion is open to all.

  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Awards Banquet

    One of the highlights of each year’s event is AIMBE’s Awards Banquet and the presentation of the Pierre Galletti Award. A relaxing evening of connecting with old friends and networking with new associates is a prelude to the award presentations, including the Pierre Galletti Award, AIMBE’s highest recognition of an individual for their contributions to public awareness of medical and biological engineering. Other awards include the AIMBE STEM Award and the Congressional Leadership Award.

  • 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm AIMBE Industry & Academic Council Informal Networking Reception

    Hosted by the Academic Council and Industry Council, this networking reception is open to all.

  • Monday, March 25, 2019

    All Monday Programming at the National Academy of Sciences

  • 7:30 a.m. Buses to National Academy of Sciences
  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am COF Chair Welcome and Remarks - Tejal Desai, Ph.D.

    College of Fellows Chair Dr. Tejal Desai will address the state of the field of medical and biological engineering and provide a perspective for the challenges ahead for the study and teaching of biomedical engineering.

  • 9:00 am – 11:30 am

    Policy Discussion Series

    The uniqueness of AIMBE’s Annual Meeting is the combination of strong scientific lectures on Sunday and informative policy discussions on Monday. From government officials to lobbyists and corporate spokespersons, the policy concerns and issues of medical and biological engineers are discussed.

  • 9:00 am – 9:40 am Policy Address - Frazier Benya, Ph.D.

    Sexual harassment has rocked workplaces and industries and the research and medical fields have not been immune. As attention turns from acknowledging that women are experiencing this harassment to figuring out how we prevent and improve the handling of sexual harassment, the recent National Academies report Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides a number of recommendations for how to do so. The National Academies’ Senior Program Officer Dr. Frazier Benya will provide an overview of the report’s key findings and recommendations on how to address and prevent sexual harassment in higher education.

  • 9:45 am – 10:30 am Panel: Black Lives Matter in Science, Engineering and Medicine

    Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. Gilda Barabino, Ph.D. and Camara Jones, M.D., MPH, Ph.D.

  • 10:30 am – 10:50 am Networking Break
  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am Bruce Tromberg, Ph.D.

    The role of AIMBE in establishing the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) has long been recognized. Now, a second AIMBE Fellow has been tapped to lead this critical NIH research Institute. Dr. Tromberg, currently a professor at the University of California at Irvine with dual appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Clinic, is scheduled to assume his position as NIBIB’s Director on January 2, 2019.

  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Induction Ceremony

    Tejal Desai, Ph.D. and Paul Citron (Presiding)

    The highlight of each year’s Annual Meeting is the ceremony inducting the newest members of the College of Fellows. The Class of 2019 were peer-nominated, peer-reviewed, and peer-elected and now join a prestigious group of the most accomplished medical and biological engineers.

  • 12:45 pm – 1:40 pm Induction Luncheon

    Join family and friends in a lunch celebration in honor of the new 2019 Class of the College of Fellows.

  • 1:45 pm Bus Departs for Hill appointments
  • 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Congressional Appointments

    Expanded time has been made available for all attendees to make advanced appointments to visit with their Members of Congress during the Annual Meeting. Transportation will be provided from the NAS to Capitol Hill for prearranged Congressional appointment. Talking points and briefing materials will be provided. Visit https://aimbe.org/advocate/ for information on scheduling congressional appointments.

  • 6:00 pm Adjournment



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Upscale Steakhouse

Legal Sea Foods

Upscale Seafood Chain

Ted’s Montara Grill

Bison & Burgers, Steakhouse


Tapas and Sangria in Festive Setting

King Street Blues

Local Family Restaurant Featuring Southern Fare

Queen Amannisa

Stylish Eatery for Asian Fusion Fare

Crystal City Sports Pub

Poll and Sports Games on TV

Destination DC

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Smithsonian Museums

1000 Jefferson Dr SW
Washington, DC 20560

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The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

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The Birchmere

America’s Music House

3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria VA 22305

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566

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  • Dining Schedule a meal with friends or colleagues
  • Awards Banquet Fill your table with your colleagues and enjoy a relaxing evening.
  • Council Meetings Open to all attendees. Connect with dept. chairs at the Academic Council, network with society partners at the Council of Societies, and meet new contacts at the Industry Council and the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Coffee Break Reconnect with colleagues during networking breaks
  • Meet & Greet Whether bumping into a friend or making a new acquaintance, utilize session discussions, hallway conversations, or a late-night drink to
    visit with colleagues