Wednesday, May 29

12:00pm - 2:00pm Registration
2:00pm - 6:00pm Theme 1: Academic Core Competencies
Organizers/Moderators: John White and Abe Lee
Plenary Speaker: Robert A. Linsenmeier, Prof of BME and Director of Northwestern Center for Engineering Education Research, Northwestern University
Title: There is a de facto core curriculum in BME and BIOE

Breakout session topics:
  1. What is the core BME/BIOE curriculum?
  2. How does our "core" prepare students for industry and academia?
  3. How does design distinguish BME/BIOE graduates from other engineers?
  4. Engineering analysis & systems-level modeling in BME/BIOE curricula
  5. What is the role of data science in BME/BIOE undergraduate education?
  6. What core experimental skills are required for BME/BIOE undergrads?
6:00pm - 9:00pm Opening reception + working dinner on Diversity and Inclusion
Moderator: Naomi Chesler
Plenary Speaker: TBA 

Thursday, May 30

8:00am - 12:00pm Theme 2: Learning environments and evidence-based practices
Organizers: Kristen Billiar and Susan Margulies
Plenary Speaker: Wendy C. Newstetter, Director of Learning Sciences Research, Department of Biomedical Engineering, GaTech
Title: Learning and cognition at the crossroads of the biosciences, engineering, and computer science

Breakout session topics:
  1. Authentic project/problem identification (e.g., in clinical and industrial settings)
  2. Experiential learning w/in courses/labs- PBL/PjBL
  3. Experiential learning in co-curricular learning settings and transfer of learning across the curriculum
  4. Team-based learning - distinctly BME
  5. Teaching to reach a diverse classroom
  6. Fostering life-long learning using innovative platforms and pedagogy
12:00pm - 1:30pm Working Lunch
1:30pm - 5:30pm Theme 3: Industry-ready skills
Organizers: Bob Tranquillo, Sean Kirkpatrick, Walt Baxter (Medtronic NM), and Ann Lee-Karlon (Genentech)
Plenary Speaker: Mike Hess, Vice President and General Manager, MCS Business at Medtronic
Title: Industrial innovators - setting your students up for career success in Med Tech

Breakout session topics:
  1. Leadership Skills (design thinking and innovation, entrepreneurship, business skills, teamwork, ...)
  2. Professional Development Experiences (clinical exposure, design prompts, co-ops, ...)
  3. Value of BMEs to Medtech companies: how programs can show value to recruiters and hiring managers
  4. Industry Engagement: best practices in connecting departments with medtech/biotech companies
  5. Technical Skills (design control and regulatory processes, commercial software, IP, cost estimation, ...)
  6. Value of BMEs to Biotech companies: how programs can show value to recruiters and hiring managers
6:00pm - 9:00pm Working Dinner

Friday, May 31

8:00am - 12:00pm Theme 4: Graduate education and special programs
Organizers: Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert and Newton de Faria
Plenary Speaker: Sarah Mandell, Director of Public Policy and Strategic Partnerships at AIMBE
Title: Tomorrow’s Innovation Ecosystem: Transforming BME

Breakout session topics:
  1. Master’s programs for industry preparedness
  2. Using Master’s programs to increase the diversity of the Ph.D. pipeline
  3. Master’s programs for entrepreneurship
  4. Project and needs-identification-based master’s programs
  5. Connecting to industry for design and master’s programs
  6. Professional development for non-academic careers (for Ph.D. students)