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.
“BMES recognizes that to achieve its own goal to grow a diverse community of engineers, we need a strategy and an experienced and knowledgeable partner,” she said.
Setton plans to attend NSBE's Annual Convention March 29-April 2 to begin work on this project.
“BMES is delighted to work alongside influential professional organizations in engineering, to collectively engage, educate and graduate black engineers towards the 2025 goal,” Setton said.