President's Column: Giving thanks and looking forward

As we head into the holiday season, I want to thank you, our members and friends, for making the Biomedical Engineering Society stronger and healthier than it has ever been. At its core BMES is a professional membership society, so you -- our members -- are the most important ingredient to the society's success.
I know many of you joined us in Philadelphia for the 2019 Annual Meeting; it was a great time to catch up with colleagues, make new friends, and to see all the great work going on in labs all over the world.

While the Annual Meeting is our premiere event, there are many other great ways to be engaged with BMES throughout the year.

Scientific and Translational Meetings

BMES produces several meetings throughout the year. The first meeting in 2020 is the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference, January 2-6 in Puerto Rico. The theme of this year's conference is Vision 202: emerging Technologies to Elucidate the Rule of Life. This meeting will address how new emerging technologies can help us to engineer better biological systems that transform our understanding of the rules of life, as well as translate new discoveries in ways that ultimately benefit human health.

Next is the 2020 Advanced Biomanufacturing SIG Annual Meeting March 30 – April 1 in College Park, MD. This is the third meeting produced by BMES's newest special interest group. This year's theme is: Accelerating Advanced Biomanufacturing through Discovery to Translation. The goal of this meeting is to stimulate collaborations and promote R&D and education programs in advanced biomanufacturing by identifying gaps and challenges in the field.

And don't forget that the 2020 BMES Annual will be held in San Diego October 14-17.

Special Interest Groups

In addition to our meetings, the BMES SIGs are a great way to stay involved in your specific areas in our field. Members are invited to join SIGs, volunteer to work on the SIG committees, help plan SIG meetings, and help plan SIG activities at the Annual Meeting.
Look for more information on our SIGs HERE.


BMES regularly produces new Webinars on a wide variety of topics that can assist you in your research, career, and much more. The next Webinar in December is: How to Maximize Industry Engagement with Local Student Chapters.

To view all the archived webinars and to sign up to participate in upcoming webinars visit:

Student chapters

Finally, our student chapters are a great way to stay engaged with BMES throughout the year. BMES members can:
  • Join a chapter
  • Create a chapter
  • Volunteer to be an advisor for a chapter
  • Participate and/or plan chapter special events
For more information, please contact our student chapter coordinator Ryan Green at

On behalf of myself and the entire BMES organization – Thank you for being part of the BMES community.  We wish you a safe and joyous holiday season.

-Dawn Elliott
BMES President