Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
2011-2013 Strategic Plan
Long Range Planning Committee

The Vision of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is to serve as the world's leading society of professionals devoted to developing and using engineering and technology to advance human health and well-being.
Mission Statement
The Mission of the BMES is to build and support the biomedical engineering community, locally, nationally and internationally, with activities designed to communicate recent advances, discoveries, and inventions; promote education and professional development; and integrate the perspectives of the academic, medical, governmental, and business sectors.

Foster translation of biomedical engineering knowledge to industrial and clinical applications by enhancing interaction between biomedical engineers in academia, industry, and clinical settings. 
 Objective 1. Enhance cross-professional interactions
Implementation ideas/considerations:  
§  Establish regional translational symposia/ Create a management and support scheme (potentially involving staff, committees and chapters)
Responsible Committee:  Industry committee
Collaborating Committee: Student Affairs
Objective 2.  Promote translation though BMES
Implementation ideas/considerations:  
§  Develop annual meeting activities focused on Translation
Responsible Committee:  National Meetings Committee_
Collaborating Committees: Industry committee, Public Affairs committee
§  Develop educational offerings
Responsible Committee: Education Committee
Collaborating Committees:  National Meetings committee, Industry committee, Public Affairs committee
 Objective 3.  Increase representation from practicing engineers and clinicians within the membership.
Implementation ideas/considerations: 
1. Create a formal membership recruitment and retention plan focused on a balanced distribution among academic, clinical and industry members
§  Promote Industry-Based Membership Growth
§  Promote Clinical- Based Membership Growth
§  Explore potential of (and possibly implement) awards to boost awareness and membership
Responsible committee:  Membership committee
Collaborating committees: Industry committee, Communications committee
2.  Host symposia at Clinical meetings to promote the importance and value of Biomedical Engineering in Clinical Practice and encourage attendees to join the Society.
Responsible committee:  Affiliations committee
Collaborating committees: Communications committee, Membership Committee

Further the development, communication and exchange of state-of-the-art biomedical engineering knowledge globally.
  Objective 1.  Establish and implement a feasible plan to provide meaningful smaller group interactions and idea exchange
Implementation ideas/considerations:  
1.    Assess feasibility of and determine structure and responsibilities of Special Interest Groups within the Society
Responsible Committee: SPRBM/BMES ad hoc Committee
Collaborating Committees: Constitution and By-Laws, Later: Communications Committee
2.    Enhance annual meeting experience
Responsible Committee: National Meetings Committee

 Objective 2.  Enhance the quality of the annual meeting
Implementation ideas/considerations:  
1.     Leverage sub-groups to enhance the annual meeting
Responsible Committee: National Meetings Committee
Collaborating committees: SIG leadership groups

2.    Consider possibility of an award program to recognize leading papers in BMES journals and student papers
Responsible Committee:  Publications Board
Collaborating Committees: Communications Committee, National Meetings Committee, Awards Committee

 Objective 3.  Establish a feasible plan to provide meaningful international involvement
Implementation ideas/considerations:  
1      Identify opportunities for expanded BMES presence internationallyResponsible Committee: International affairs Committee
Collaborating committees: Membership Committee, Communications committee

2      Evaluate potential organizational structures for international divisions/Chapters
Responsible Committee: International Affairs Committee
Collaborating committees: Constitution and By-laws

3       Increase submissions to BMES journals from the international community
Responsible Committee:  Publications Board
Collaborating Committees: Communications Committee, National Meetings Committee, Awards Committee


Promote lifelong high-quality education and career advancement of a diverse community of biomedical engineers.
Objective 1.  Leverage national accreditation and licensure approaches to reinforce the leadership role of BMES and to promote professional development and career advancement
Implementation ideas/considerations:  
1      Promote benefits of ABET accreditation and licensure
Responsible Committee: Communications committee
Cooperating Committees: Accreditation Activities Committee, Ad hoc Licensure Committee
2      Support the development of FE/PE exams for BioE
Responsible Committee: Ad hoc Licensure Committee
Cooperating Committees: Education Committee

Objective 2.  Increase participation of women and underrepresented minorities 
Implementation ideas/considerations:  
1      Develop incentives to chapters for outreach and diversity
Responsible Committee: Student Affairs
Cooperating Committees: Diversity Committee, Communications
Staff: Regina
2      Offer educational programs for all members on the challenges faced by under-represented (minority) biomedical engineers
Responsible Committee: Diversity Committee
Cooperating Committees: Annual Meetings Committee, Communications
3      Create travel award set-aside for meeting attendance by under-represented minority students
Responsible Committee: Student Affairs Committee
Cooperating Committees: Communications, Diversity
Staff: Liz
4      Partner with AIMBE to create mentoring program matching Fellows with under-represented students
Responsible Committee: Student Affairs
Cooperating Committees: Public Affairs Committee, Communications
5      Establish reciprocal invitations for meeting attendance between BMES and societies representing under-represented biomedical engineers
Responsible Committee: Affiliations Committee
Cooperating Committees: Communications
Objective 3.  Provide regional opportunities for education and career advancement 
Implementation ideas/considerations:  
1      Promote Industry chapter development and student chapter partnerships to support local meetings and networking opportunities
Responsible Committee: Industry Committee
Cooperating Committees: Student Affairs Committee, Communications Committee
2      Promote the creation of mentoring programs by university-based biomedical engineering departments for all students matching them with local biomedical engineers
Responsible Committee: Student Affairs Committe
Cooperating Committees: Communications Committee
3      Formulate programs to support advanced career development needs
Responsible Committee: Education Committee
Cooperating Committees: ad hoc Licensure Committee, Communications Committee
4      Develop educational modules
Responsible Committee: Education Committee
Cooperating Committees: Communications Committee

Objective 4.  Improve annual meeting opportunities promoting career development
Implementation ideas/considerations:  
1      Improve utility of BMES job board,
Responsible Committee: Industry Committee
Cooperating Committees: Communications Committee
2      Improve annual meeting-based job fairs and meet the candidate opportunities
Responsible Committee: Annual Meeting Committee
Cooperating Committees: Industry Committee, Student Affairs Committe
3      Formulate programs to support advanced career development needs

Responsible Committee: Education Committee

Promote recognition and visibility of Biomedical Engineering in the government, media and public.
Objective 1.  Create media attention for and at the annual meeting:
Implementation ideas/considerations:  
1      Organize the annual meeting to include special media worthy sessions on such topics as:
a.    late breaking news
b.    trainee awards
c.    controversies in the field
d.    awards given for outstanding achievements made by both BMES member and non-member biomedical engineers
Responsible Committee: Communications Committee
Cooperating Committees: Annual Meeting Committee
Staff: Doug Beizer
2      Establish means to promote and highlight seminal medical breakthroughs in the field
Responsible Committee: Communications Committee
Cooperating Committees:
3      Engage a major celebrity in the field of to serve as a BMES ambassador
Responsible Committee: ?????
Cooperating Committees:
4      Promote notoriety of BMES major awards (e.g. Pritzker) for biomedical engineering achievements
Responsible Committee: Communications Committee
Cooperating Committees:

Objective 2.  Establish strategic relationships with and for BMES to foster public awareness
Implementation ideas/considerations:  
1      Promote appointment of BMES members on advisory panels, etc.
Responsible Committee: Board of Directors
Cooperating Committees: Affiliations Committee, Public Affairs Committee
2      Seek available federal funding that would enable BMES to exhibit at Science Museums throughout the country.
Responsible Committee: Historian
Cooperating Committees: Education Committee
3      Explore with the National Museum of Medicine and Health involvement in ScienceFest where distinguished lecturers in biomedical engineering can have artifacts and case studies displayed for public viewing.
Responsible Committee: Historian
Cooperating Committees:
4      Establish and sustain a relationship with key government officials (e.g. Anish Chopra)
Responsible Committee: Public Affairs Committee
Cooperating Committees: National Meetings Committee
5      Develop K-12 outreach programs promoting BME.
Responsible Committee:  
Student Affairs
Cooperating Committees: