Special Sessions & Events

Join us for these activities at the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting!

Special Events
  • Welcome Reception
  • BMES Dessert Bash
  • LGBT Dessert Social Hour
  • Industry & Clinical Mixer

Plenary Sessions

  • Celebration of Minorities in BME Luncheon
  • Women in BME Luncheon

Special Sessions

Student and Early Career Program

Industry Programs

Special Events
Welcome Reception
Wednesday, October 16th, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - PCC, Broad Street Atrium
BMES Dessert Bash
Friday, October 18th, 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM - Franklin Institue

LGBT and Friends Dessert Social Hour
Wednesday, October 16th, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

*additional registration and $10 ticket required
Brian Sims, a first-term member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, will lead the talk at the event, followed by networking, dessert and a cash bar. Mr. Sims is a distinguished policy attorney and civil rights advocate from Center City Philadelphia and became the first out LGBT member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly when he was elected in 2011.

Industry & Clinical Mixer - Sponsored by Brooks Kushman P.C.  (PRE-REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)
Thursday, October 18th, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - STATS Brewpub

*additional registration and $10 ticket required (includes one drink and hors d’oeuvres)

The Industry & Clinical Mixer will be a fantastic opportunity for recent graduates and current students to network with both industry and clinical professionals in a fun and relaxed atmosphere!  There will be music, food and drinks. Industry & Clinical Mixer pre-registration is available online only through 10/03. 
STATS Brewpub is conveniently located just outside of the Georgia World Congress Center.  Parking is located right across the street at the 311 Marietta Street parking deck (attached to the Hilton Garden Inn). 
Plenary Sessions
State of the Society & Pritzker Award Lecture - PCC, Terrace Ballroom 1-3
Thursday, October 17th, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

State of the Society: Dawn Elliott, PhD, BMES President

Pritzker Award Lecture
Christopher Chen, MD, PhD
Boston University College of Engineering

Engineering Niches to Control Biological Function:
How Simple is Complex Enough?

Multicellular ecosystems, from biofilms and tissues to whole organisms, operate as highly integrated systems whose biological functions are inextricably linked to physical structure. For instance, in mammalian tissues, structure determines the effectiveness by which muscles generate force, lungs oxygenate blood, or glandular organs produce bile, milk, or saliva. Even at the level of single cells, structure constrains how cells interact with surrounding extracellular matrix, communicate with neighboring cells, and respond
to physical forces acting upon them. These cues from the surrounding niche, in turn, regulate cell function, such as proliferation, differentiation, migration, and suicide. Therefore, in order to rationally perturb or synthetically design and build multicellular ecosystems, it is imperative that we understand these underlying control systems. Here, I will describe our efforts to engineer biological niches in order to expose the complex interplay between structure, force, signaling, and function in single cells and multicellular systems; control multicellular assembly and build in vitro organotypic models that mimic native tissue functions, and impact regenerative medicine therapies. Finally, I will also highlight how these interfaces between cells and their environment, between cell- and tissue-scale function, between biology and engineering are emerging as the next era of biomedical research, and how our vibrant
interdisciplinary community is uniquely poised to facilitate and lead the wave of transdisciplinary innovation that will be required.

Diversity Award Plenary Lecture - PCC, Terrace Ballroom 1-3
Thursday, October 17th, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Diversity Plenary Lecture
Steven D. Abramowitch, PhD
Associate Professor
Bioengineering Department, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Swanson School of Engineering
University of Pittsburgh

Emerging from Ignorance
As a suburban, white, middle-class child born in the post-civil rights era, I grew up with the blissful notion that I lived in a country of equal opportunity. After all, we’re taught that the laws give equal rights to everyone. I happily went about my days playing kick-the-can, watching space shuttle launches, and wishing that I could be the next Karate Kid. Through college and graduate school, essentially nothing existed outside of my immediate sphere of influence because there was little time for anything else. The next phase of my academic career was all about writing grants, publishing, and figuring out how to teach. Thus, when I was personally confronted with the inequalities that actually existed in my adult world, it was like a cold slap to the face of the socially ignorant child that was still living inside me. I share this because I suspect that this is not an uncommon scenario. What was uncommon, however, was the response of my mentors who encouraged me to make these issues a priority if I felt passionate about them.  Instead of the more typical “wait until you’re tenured” or “there is no money in that type of work” advice that most junior faculty receive, I was fortunate to be in an environment that enabled me to emerge from my ignorance. This has led to an academic career focused on women’s health research, creating an inclusive academic culture, performing community outreach, and, now, challenging undergraduate engineering students to emerge as more globally-minded and socially conscious engineers. This talk is a case-study to highlight the critical role that leadership plays in diversity and inclusion and the sustained impact that can result from principled advice to junior faculty.
NIBIB Lecture - Rebecca Richards-Kortum, PhD - PCC, Terrace Ballroom 
Friday, October 18th, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

NIBIB Lecture
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, PhD
Malcolm Gillis University Professor
Department of Bioengineering
Rice University

Global Bioengineering Partnerships to Improve Health in Medically Underserved Communities

Most of the world receives health care in low-resource settings, yet medical technologies are designed to be used mainly in high-resource settings, where designers take for granted basic infrastructure that supports their safe use and effective distribution. The corridors of many hospitals in low-resource settings are lined with donated medical equipment, but up to three-quarters of these devices do not work, often due to lack of spare parts or consumables. As a result, most of the world’s population lacks access to life-saving technologies developed decades ago, including infant incubators, oxygen concentrators, and simple laboratory diagnostics.  In the US, high costs of technology are a significant barrier to equitable access to quality care.
This talk will highlight the critical role that global bioengineering research and education partnerships play in developing and translating medical technologies to improve health in both domestic and international medically under-served communities.  Bioengineering undergraduate and graduate students in high- and low-resource settings must be educated to become successful practitioners of frugal design from a systems perspective.  A number of institutions are addressing this challenge through international bioengineering faculty and student exchanges, with a strong focus on project-based education.  Curricular reforms are especially needed in low-resource settings where a lack of engineering capacity and infrastructure severely limits economic development. 
Over $130M has been invested to strengthen medical school education through NIH’s Medical Education Partnership Initiative, with a focus on developing human capacity, retaining faculty and graduates, and developing regionally relevant research programs; similar investments are critical if tertiary engineering education is to develop sufficient and relevant engineering capacity in the region.

Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D. is the Rice University Malcolm Gillis University Professor of Bioengineering, the Director of Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health, and serves as the special advisor to the Provost on health-related research and educational initiatives. Her research has been instrumental in improving early detection of cancers and other diseases, especially in low-resources settings. She is currently working with colleagues and undergraduate students to develop a Nursery of the Future to provide technologies necessary to reduce neonatal death in sub-Saharan Africa to rates equivalent to the United States.
Richards-Kortum’s research has led to the development of 40 patents. She is author of the textbook Biomedical Engineering for Global Health (Cambridge University Press, 2010), more than 230 refereed research papers and 11 book chapters. Her teaching programs, research and collaborations have been supported by generous grants from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (with more NIH grants than any other Rice professor), National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Whitaker Foundation, and the Virginia and L.E. Simmons Family Foundation.
She is a member of numerous academic associations including the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, she has the rare distinction of dual membership in the National Academies. In 2016, The American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE) presented its highest honor, the Pierre Galletti Award to Dr. Richards-Kortum.
In 2008, she was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and subsequently received a grant for the undergraduate global health program at Rice. This program won the Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction from Science magazine and the Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation.
Wallace H. Coulter Award for Healthcare Innovation Lecture - PCC, Terrace Ballroom
Friday, October 19th, 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

The Wallace H. Coulter Award for Healthcare Innovation Award Lecture
Bruce Levine, PhD
University of Pennsylvania



Dr. Bruce Levine bio here.

The Wallace H. Coulter Award for Healthcare Innovation recognizes an outstanding individual who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to and made important contributions to patient healthcare.
Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award Lecture & BMES Mid-Career Award Lecture & Student Award Winners - PCC, Terrace Ballroom
Saturday, October 20th, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Lecture

BMES Mid-Career Award Lecture

Celebration of Minorities in BME Luncheon*
Thursday, October 17th, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM - PCC, Terrace Ballroom 4
*additional registration and $35 ticket required

Marta L. Villarraga, Ph.D.
Principal in the Biomedical Engineering Practice

This event is organized by the BMES Diversity Committee to create a community and network within the Society fostering support and professional development of minorities in BMES at all levels. Everyone is invited to attend, as diversity only increases when all groups play a part. The luncheon complements the Diversity Award Lecture on Thursday evening and the Women in BME Luncheon on Friday.

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives: Transition from Academia
This presentation will provide an overview of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in academia and how those compare to initiatives in the corporate environment.  Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in academia provide structured support to both undergraduate and graduate students while they are navigating their educational experience. In academia, these initiatives and organizations are structured with the student at the center of their missions.  What do those types of initiatives look like in the corporate environment? Do they look different depending on the type and size of the company?  What are their purposes and how are their missions similar or different from those in academia? What goals are they achieving? How should you prepare for these changes?

Celebration of Minorities in BME Luncheon Sponsored by:
Women in BME Luncheon*  
Friday, October 18th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - PCC, Terrace Ballroom 4
*additional registration and $35 ticket required

Beth A. Winkelstein, PhD
Eduardo D. Glandt President's Distinguished Professor
Bioengineering & Neurosurgery
University of Pennsylvania

Even if “it Ain’t Broke” Consider Trying to Fix it Anyway!
By nature and through practice, engineers seek solutions for problems – ways to fix or improve things that are broken or to discover the unknown. Today, the engineering community is faced with real challenges. Certainly, the challenges for scientific discovery and innovation remain, but just as pressing today is the need to improve the accessibility and inclusivity in the field of engineering. While it should be acknowledged that we have come a long way, particularly for women, and biomedical engineering is often held up as the exemplar engineering discipline in this regard. However, there is still room to improve, at all levels – through our educational initiatives, research enterprises, mentorship and advocacy efforts. Indeed, we must also go a step farther by developing best practices in our own community but also sharing our successes with our professional and scientific networks.  It is no longer sufficient to ask if and how can we be better but we must also explore whether we are as good as we think we are.  In short, we must consider ways to continually push for improvement even if we think things aren’t broken.

Women in BME Luncheon Sponsored by:
UC Davis Biomedical Engineering
Special Sessions
Thursday, October 17
Bioengineering and Biotechnology Challenges Targeted by the National Institutes of Health
Thursday, October 17, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM - PCC, Room 108B
Extraordinary progress from tissue engineering, computational biology, high-resolution imaging, and highly multiplex molecular analysis approaches will facilitate a paradigm shift in model systems for biomedical research. This new paradigm will introduce virtual environments of extensively characterized, complex tissues at molecular levels of precision and with dynamic temporal data in various contexts of disease progression. In parallel, persistent progress for engineered tissue environments are yielding more faithful representation of human biology allowing for highly controlled model systems for hypothesis testing. A broad variety of technology and engineering hurdles remain to realizing such a paradigm shift, and NIH is committed to supporting the research necessary to overcome those. The NIH Common Fund and National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Moonshot Initiative are at the forefront of making these investments. Program scientists participating in these efforts seek to engage participants of the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting to discuss some of the lead programs through which many of these investments are being made. NIH program officers will provide brief overviews for programs like the Human Tumor Atlas Network and the Human BioMolecular Atlas Program and discuss challenges that persist. BMES members that are supported through relevant programs will be invited to participate as panelists. Resources for getting involved, including relevant funding opportunities from open funding opportunities will also be discussed. Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13EB026960 from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
Chair: Michelle Berny-Lang (National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health)
Global Health Approaches and Technologies
Thursday, October 17,  8:00 AM – 9:30 AM - PCC, Room 108A

This session is part of a group of special sessions under the theme Bioengineering for Underserved Populations. This session will bring together a group of leading experts, new investigators in the field, and trainees interested in global health solutions. It will focus on the newest technologies (many of them low-cost) built and implemented by engineers for use globally, and also in low income/underserved areas of the US.
Chairs: Shelly Peyton (University of Massachusetts) and Manu Platt (Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University)
High School Biomedical Engineering Expo and Poster Competition
Thursday, October 17,  9:30 AM – 6:30 PM - PCC, Exhibit Hall D-E
High school students primarily from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in science and engineering will attend the Annual Meeting to have the opportunity to connect with biomedical engineers, students, faculty and industry, get exposure to the biomedical engineering field, and share projects they are working on related to life sciences (biology, chemistry, biotechnology, healthcare), biomedical engineering, or bioengineering. At 3:00pm during the poster viewing with authors, selected high school students will present a poster in the exhibit hall during a poster competition at the Expo and prizes will be awarded to the top winners. The program is supported by funding through the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation BMES Minority Network.
NIH Funding Panel Session
Thursday, October 17, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM - PCC, Room 108B  

The session will provide an overview of NIH funding opportunities and resources particularly well-suited to the BME research community. NIH Program Officers and awardees will offer insights and “lessons learned” from the perspective of winning these NIH awards as well as in serving on NIH review panels. The session will explore how researchers may develop strategies to align their research interests with NIH opportunities and priorities. Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13EB026960 from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
Chair: Zeynep Erim (National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), National Institutes of Health)
Bioengineering in Women's Health
Thursday, October 17, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM - PCC, Room 108A

This session is part of a group of special sessions under the theme Bioengineering for Underserved Populations. Women's health is an important and understudied area of research. While there is a long history of engineers working with medical practitioners, particularly in the orthopedic and cardiovascular fields, the field of biomedical engineering has a potential role to create solutions specific to women's health issues. This proposed Special Session aims to address these recent
developments in women’s health, including normal physiology, pathology, and pregnancy. This includes topics such as women's cancers like ovarian, cervical, and breast (predominantly), diseases that affect women at higher rates like osteoporosis, and hormone-related disorders associated with puberty and menopause; and pregnancy, the uterus and placenta, post-pregnancy pelvic floor disorders, and breastfeeding. The need for bioengineering approaches in this broad area will be discussed and special opportunities for collaborations presented. Research presented will include a variety of experimental and computational approaches, including biomechanics, tissue engineering, biomaterials, imaging, to highlight the growth and continuing interest in this emerging field. This perspective will encourage and inspire future researchers, while engaging current researchers to think about redirecting their skills to problems in women's health.
Chairs: Michelle Oyen (East Carolina University), Kristin Miller (East Carolina University), and Jennifer Munson (Virginia Tech)
ABET Criteria Workshop Panel
Thursday, October 17,  1:30 PM -3:00 PM - PPC, Room 111B

a panel of experienced BME ABET program evaluators present and discuss the current status and trends in BME undergraduate program accreditation. Topics will include the accreditation process and BME-specific program criteria, challenges, and experiences. And while in 2019-2020 revised ABET EAC criteria are being introduced, the focus of the workshop will be on BME-specific program criteria. The target audience includes current and new program evaluators, faculty members in departments preparing for or considering an ABET evaluation, and educators, industry and government representatives interested in the BME accreditation process. Questions, comments, and observations will be encouraged from attendees. This workshop is organized by the Accreditation Activities Committee of BMES.
Chair: Benjamin S. Kelley (Baylor University)
7th US-Korea Joint BMES Workshop on Biomedical Engineering
Thursday, October 17, 2:00 PM 5:00 PM - PCC, Room 113A 
The goal of the 7th Annual US-Korea Joint Workshop on Biomedical Engineering is to promote cooperation, collaboration, and networking between the members of the Korean Society of Medical and Biological Engineering (KOSOMBE) and Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). In the past six years, this annual Workshop has become increasingly well-known among biomedical engineers in both the US and Korea, attracting >~100 PIs and trainees from both countries as part of the Annual BMES meeting. The workshop covered topics on various convergent technologies to better understand and improve human health via different approaches in multi-disciplines including biomaterials, tissue engineering, mechanobiology, biotransport, neuro-engineering, exosome, and immunotherapies, drug delivery, medical imaging, immune cancer therapy, stem cell therapy, and bionanotechnology.
Chairs: Jennifer Shin (KAIST) and Ester Kwon (UCSD)
DEBUT Winner Presentations and Award Ceremony
Thursday, October 17, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM - PCC, Room 108B 

The winners of the DEBUT (Design by Undergraduate Biomedical Teams) jointly sponsored by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell, will present their projects and receive their awards. The session will conclude with a talk on “Next steps in the path to commercialization” by Colin J.H. Brenan, Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of HiFiBiO BV, Editor-in-Chief of IEEE PULSE Magazine.
Chairs: Zeynep Erim (NIH/NIBIB) and Phil Weilerstein (VentureWell)
Engineering Solutions to Health Care Disparities
Thursday, October 17, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM - PCC, Room 108A
This session is part of a group of special sessions under the theme Bioengineering for Underserved Populations. Health and health care disparities remain a costly and burdensome challenge in the U.S. and pose a serious threat to continued improvement in overall quality of care and population health. Biomedical engineers are well positioned to employ novel biodesign strategies toward the elimination of these disparities. This session will explore approaches for research and education related to the application of biomedical technologies and engineering designs to solve health disparities. The session will also feature outstanding designs developed in the 2019 BMES Coulter College.
Chairs: Gilda Barabino (Columbia University) and Cato Laurencin (University of Connecticut)
BMES Graduate Medical Innovation Program Workshop Part IV: Preparing Students for Careers in Industry
Thursday, October 17, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
The process of bringing new medical technologies to market requires contributions from individuals with seemingly disparate professional preparations, such as engineers, scientists, clinicians, and entrepreneurs. In recent years, graduate medical innovation (GMI) programs have emerged to provide pathways such individuals learn to amplify each other’s efforts and accelerate the development of new innovations in health care and medicine. As the number of these programs expands, the BMES annual meeting has become a focal point for our growing community of practice.
A series of GMI workshops at BMES meetings over the past three years have gathered together representatives from more than 50 institutions for discussion about common challenges among diverse programs. The 2017 and 2018 Meetings built on the early momentum by looking at various ways to integrate engineering and medicine in clinical education and seeking to define the archetype(s) of prospective students with the potential for success in this style of program.
The proposed 2019 Workshop is a chance to refine the GMI community’s role as a training ground for industry. Premeeting, we will distribute a survey to representatives in the medical technology industry, seeking to define key attributes that make GMI program alumni valuable employees. Workshop participants will then evaluate the manner in which GMI programs currently provide their students with these skills and attributes and identify best practices for doing so. These workshops at BMES will continue their role as the cornerstone of the GMI community as this burgeoning field matures.
Chairs: Jennifer Amos (University of Illinois at Urbana) and Gilda Barabino (The City College of New York)

Friday, October 18

Black Women in Biomedical Engineering: Cultivating a Community for Success and Longevity
Friday, October 18, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM - PCC, Room 108B
This event is targeted to black women in biomedical engineering and those interested in the retention and career advancement of underrepresented and underserved populations in BME. The event will facilitate the retention of black women in the field. Numerous research-based methods to aid in the retention of black women rely on peer mentoring groups. During this session, we will establish mentoring groups for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. We will also outline a mentoring agenda to address topics such as grantsmanship, publishing, work/life balance, and career advancement.
Chairs: C. LaShan Simpson (Mississippi State University), Princess Imoukhuede (Washington University at St. Louis), and Gilda Barabino (The City College of New York)
Forensic Biomechanics
Friday, October 18, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM - PCC. Room 111B

A panel of biomechanical engineers that are involved in litigation consulting will discuss different aspects of their work and interactively communicate with students about their experiences as expert witnesses.
Chairs: Kevin Toosi (University of Pittsburg), Ruth Ochia (Temple University), and Rouzbeh Amini (The University of Akron)
BMES-NSF Special Sessions on CAREER ad UNSOLICITED Awards
Friday, October 18, 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM - PCC, Room 108B

BMES and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have partnered to convene a special session focused on innovative research in biomedical engineering and grant writing. The session will bring together NSF Bioengineering and Engineering Healthcare grantees, young investigators, junior and senior faculty, and post-doctoral fellows for idea exchange and networking related to conducting and funding cutting-edge research in BME. The session will showcase NSF funded research and researchers, foster collaboration and idea exchange, familiarize participants with NSF funding mechanisms, and provide strategies for preparing competitive grant proposals, in particular, NSF CAREER and unsolicited grant applications. The session is funded through the National Science Foundation. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CBET – 1922459. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.  
Athanasiou Annals of Biomedical Engineering Student Award Session
Friday, October 18. 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM - Room 111B 
In 2017 the Kyriacos and Kiley Athanasiou Endowment was established within the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) to promote graduate students and post-doctoral scholars through their publications in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering (ABME). This session will include up to six speakers selected by the ABME Editorial Board based on their outstanding publications in ABME during the past year. Each award recipient will present a 10-minute summary of their paper followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. A plaque and award of $500 will be presented to each winner.
Chair: Stefan Duma (Virginia Tech)
Physical Sciences Oncology Networking
Friday, October 18, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM - PCC, Room 111B
The NIH’s National Cancer Institute has been supporting research and training for a decade within a Physical
Sciences Oncology Network and related programs (e.g. Cancer Systems Biology Centers). The engineers and
physical scientists in the network often take reductionist approaches to the more physical and mathematical aspects of basic cancer science. However, various efforts are also bridging to Tissue Engineering, Immunoengineering, Systems Engineering, and Drug/Gene Delivery, as well as various Omics, approaches. This Special Session will highlight some of these activities and its broader intersections.
Chair: Dennis Discher (University of Pennsylvania)
Saturday, October 19
BMES-NSF Special Session on Graduate Research Fellowships Program
Saturday, October 19, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM - PCC, Room 108B 
BMES and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have partnered to convene a special session focused on NSF’s Graduate research Fellowships Program (GRFP). The goal of the session is to bring together program officers, grantees, reviewers, and graduate students to highlight the NSF GRFP and inform undergraduate and graduate students on GFRP guidelines and strategies to develop winning GRFP grant proposals. The session is funded through the National Science Foundation. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CBET – 1922459. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
WORKSHOP Multi-Cellular Engineered Living Systems: Ethics and Societal Impacts
Saturday, October 19,  8:00 AM - 9:30 AM - PCC, Room 113A 
As with previous work in regenerative medicine, stem cell research, and tissue engineering, the creation of multi-cellular engineered living systems (M-CELS) poses ethical and societal challenges. Researchers working on M-CELS are obligated to address these aspects of their work, which require input from society at large because of the potential for wide-ranging societal impacts. These impacts include the need for biosecurity and the question of who benefits from the research, as well as the need to provide M-CELS with moral consideration and protection from pain, harm, or misuse. In response, this workshop will identify social and ethical challenges and present a draft set of commitments and strategies that attendees can consider adopting to facilitate the development of a proactively responsible research community. The workshop will translate best practices and approaches from bioethics, social science, and public engagement to the field of biomedical engineering. To frame the discussion, Drs. Insoo Hyun and Rashid Bashir will present on the current state of ethics in M-CELS research and report on the outcomes of a workshop on M-CELS held in 2018. Then, Dr. Karmella Haynes will reflect on opportunities and difficulties in integrating these ethical insights into biomedical engineering practice. Finally, to demonstrate the commitment to public engagement, the workshop will end with small-group
discussions where attendees can express their own perspectives to add to the framework, which will be collected, compiled, and shared online by the organizers.
Chairs: Roger Kamm (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Matthew Sample (McGill University) and Caroline Lowenthal (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
BlazeDesign Workshop
*pre-registration required
Saturday, October 19, 1:30 PM - 4:45 PM - PCC, Room 108A
The program will begin with an introduction to Design Thinking in the context of a clinical environment, where multiple unsolved clinical problems are presented by local clinicians and entered into Solution Studios. The students/faculty will then meet with the clinicians who will instruct them about their problems and needs.  The program will emphasize Empathy & Problem Definition, with a brief literature/patent/commercial solutions search. Once the problem is clear and the teams understand the limitations of existing solutions, the teams will then begin a brainstorming session with the clinician. They will evaluate potential solutions using a Pugh matrix approach and focus on the need for continued communication with the client. The students/faculty will divide into teams of engineers, researchers, and marketers. Teams will then create a prototype of their solution. The student/faculty teams will be given a brief introduction to pitching their designs, and the program will conclude with a shark tank that incorporates industry representatives. 
Student and Early Career Program

Perfecting First-time Student and Early Career Attendees Experience
Wednesday, October 16, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - PCC, Nutter Theater
Welcome to your first BMES Annual Meeting!  You are about to embark on a wonderful experience.  Attend this special session designed for the First Time Student and Early Career Attendee, and hear how to take advantage of all that is offered.  This session will provide you with information and insight to easily navigate the annual meeting in order for you to make the most out of your time in Philadelphia. 

Making the Most of Your Academic Experience 
Thursday, October 17, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - PCC, Nutter Theater

Hear from professionals in industry and academia as they share insight and tips on how to optimize your time in school.  Speakers will also discuss how to identify and connect with mentors, develop skills that will strengthen your path to employment, and have an active plan for achieving your career goals.
BME Careers in Industry and Government  I
Thursday, October 17,  1:30 PM - 2:45 PM - PCC, Nutter Theater
Explore the various industry and government options for BME professionals.  Representatives from industry and the government share their career paths, educational training, insight into the hiring market, and suggestions for current students and recent graduates.
Speak Easy Workshop for Graduate Students
Thursday, October 17, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM - PCC, Room 110AB

Speak Easy is an interactive workshop on impromptu research communication.  Participants will practice unscripted communication that successfully crosses disciplinary barriers by formulating and distilling their message appropriately for the audience, while faithfully communicating their findings. To continue to develop their communication skills beyond the workshop, attendees will take away the materials and skills needed to host a Speak Easy workshop at their school.   
Rapid Resume Review -- Members Only
Thursday, October 17, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM - PCC, Exhibit Hall
Experienced BME professionals will review an electronic or hard copy of your resume and work with you to make improvements. 
BME Careers in Academia
Thursday, October 17, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - PCC, Nutter Theater
Hear about the various career paths and opportunities in academia. 
Representatives from academia share their career paths, educational training, and suggestions for current students and recent graduates who wish to pursue post-graduate training and academic careers. 
BMES Special Interest Groups: Medical Devices
Thursday, October 17, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - PCC, Room 113C

The BMES Medical Devices Special Interest Group (SIG) promotes collaboration and knowledge sharing between partners from academia, government, industry, and the clinic. Join us to learn about the Medical Devices SIG annual meeting that’s in collaboration with the FDA (BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference), the Medical Devices SIG webinars, careers in the medical device field, the Medical Devices SIG goals, and how you can become a member of the BMES Medical Devices SIG. 
Job Search Tips from Industry Recruiters
Thursday, October 17, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM - PPC, Nutter Theater

Professionals from industry share tips and insight into the hiring process, how to conduct a successful job search, and how to engage employers.
BMES Medtronic Student Design Competition
Friday, October 18, 8 AM - 9:30 AM - PCC, Room 113C

The theme of this year’s competition is Digital Imagining, with a focus on new and innovative ways to view the body. This year we chose to bring together the top four of many fine design submissions; University of Florida, Arizona State University, California State - Los Angeles, and George Washington University. This competition will allow each design team to present their projects, followed by a short Q&A session to explore the design’s underdeveloped territory.  Upon completion of all presentations, the judges will deliberate and announce the First, Second, and Third place winners, along with an Honorary mention. The announcement and the presentation of awards will be held at the BMES booth on Friday, October 18th, at 11:00 am.
The Path to Graduate School
Friday, October 18,  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - PCC, Nutter Theater
Professionals from academia will discuss how to select the best graduate school, captivate professors, how to position yourself to be competitive for fellowships/financing, how to be a competitive applicant, and how to engage with the department beyond your application.
BMES Student Think Tank *Invitation Only
Friday, October 18, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - PCC, Room 108A

BMES student members assemble for a unique roundtable program that will directly help forge BMES's future.
BMES Student Chapter Practices Presentation
Friday, October 18, 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM - PCC, Room 113A
During this workshop, this year’s student chapter awardees will present on their chapter’s accomplishments in the areas of mentoring, community outreach, and chapter-industry relationships. Following each chapter's presentation, the Chair of the Student Affairs Subcommittee, Kyle Allen, will present the chapter with their award. This year’s award winners are;
Ohio State University, winning the Outstanding Chapter Award;
University of California – Los Angeles, winning the Commendable Achievement Award;
Florida International University, winning the Outstanding Outreach Award;
University of California – Davis, winning the Outstanding Mentoring Award;
University of Texas-San Antonio, winning the Outstanding Chapter-Industry Award
BME Careers in Industry and Government II
Friday, October 18, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM - PCC, Nutter Theater
Explore the various industry and government options for BME professionals.  Representatives from industry and the government share their career paths, educational training, insight into the hiring market, and suggestions for current students and recent graduates.  Panelists are different from Careers in Industry/Government I
Speak Easy Workshop for Graduate Students
Friday, October 18, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM - PCC, Room 110AB

Speak Easy is an interactive workshop on impromptu research communication.  Participants will practice unscripted communication that successfully crosses disciplinary barriers by formulating and distilling their message appropriately for the audience, while faithfully communicating their findings. To continue to develop their communication skills beyond the workshop, attendees will take away the materials and skills needed to host a Speak Easy workshop at their school.  
BME Entrepreneurship
Friday, October 18, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM - PCC, Nutter Theater
Entrepreneurs discuss the translational path; how to take an idea from concept to commercial product, resources available to students interested in translating their technologies both within and outside the university, and licensing and start-up options. 
BMES Special Interest Group: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE)
Friday, October 18, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, PCC, Room 115C

The CMBE-SIG brings together researchers with diverse backgrounds in scientific and clinical interests with a common goal of understanding how physical forces control biological processes and a desire to improve the practice of medicine, human and veterinary, through the results of their research.  Join us to learn about the annual CMBE SIG Conference, the CMBE SIG awards (Shu Chien Achievement, Christopher Jacobs Award for Excellence, Rising Stars, and), Shooting Stars), and how to become a BMES CMBE SIG member. 
BMES Q&A Panel with Students and Chapter Leaders
Friday, October 18, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, PCC, Room 113A

This new session will allow students the opportunity to question chapter leaders in all manner of topics, including overcoming strife, how to successfully implement chapter goals, pitfalls of mentoring programs, fundraising opportunities, etc. This session is designed to be interactive and will be a great opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas, and learn new workarounds to chapter problems. Eight student chapter leaders will sit on this panel, and our audience will leave with a greater understanding of the Do’s and Don’t’s of chapter leadership.
BMES Special Interest Group: Advanced Biomanufacturing (ABioM)
Friday, October 18, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM, PCC, Room 113C
The ABioM SIG is an emerging field in biomedical engineering. This SIG brings academia and industrial leaders together to promote the development of advanced biomanufacturing, foster collaborations among investigators in the field, and create a new mode of educating and training the next generation leaders and workforce in advanced biomanufacturing. Join us to learn more about the ABioM SIG annual conference, and how you can become an ABioM SIG member. 
Industry Programs

Clinical Innovators Spotlight
Thursday, October 17th, 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM - PPC, Room 113B

A detailed view from leading clinical innovators on how real-world problems in such areas as cardiology, oncology, organ transplantation, and orthopedics can be addressed with biomedical engineering solutions.
How Biomedical Engineering Faculty and Advisors Can Better Prepare Students for Life in Industry
Friday, October 18th, 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM - PCC, Room 113B

Explore ways in which academic faculty, mentors and advisors can better prepare their students for careers in industry.  Topics to be addressed include:
  • Incentives and roadblocks to targeted coursework that aims to prepare students for industry roles;
  • Specific mentoring that academic faculty can provide to industry-minded students
  • Skill sets that entry-level biomedical engineers need for an initial industry position