PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES in USA.
1. American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
The United States has the largest biomedical engineering community in the world. Major professional organizations that address various cross sections of the field and serve biomedical engineering professionals include:
(1) the American College of Clinical Engineering,
(2) the American Institute of Chemical Engineers,
(3) the American Medical Informatics Association,
(4) the American Society of Agricultural Engineers,
(5) the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs,
(6) the American Society of Mechanical Engineers,
(7) the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation,
(8) the Biomedical Engineering Society,
(9) the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society,
(10) an interdisciplinary Association for the Advance- ment of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies, and
(11) the Society for Biomaterials. In an effort to unify all the disparate components of the biomedical engineering community in the United States as represented by these various societies, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) was created in 1992. The primary goal of AIMBE is to serve as an umbrella organization in the United States for the purpose of unifying the bioengineering community, addressing public policy issues, and promoting the engineering approach in society’s effort to enhance health and quality of life through the judicious use of technology. For information, contact AIMBE, 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Suite 401, Washington, D.C.20006
(http://aimbe.org/; Email: email@example.com).
2. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is the largest international professional organization in the world, and it accommodates 37 societies and councils under its umbrella structure. Of these 37, the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) represents the foremost international ogannization serving the needs of over 8000 biomedical engineering members around the world. The major interest of the EMBS encompasses the application of concepts and methods from the physical and engineering sciences to biology and medicine. Each year the society sponsors a major international conference while cosponsoring a number of theme-oriented regional conferences throughout the world. Premier publications consist of a monthly journal (Transactions on Biomedical Engineering), three quarterly journals (Transac- tions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, and Transactions on Nanobioscience), and a bimonthly magazine (IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine). Secondary publica- tions,authored in collaboration with other societies, include Transactions on Medical Imaging, Transactions on Neural Networks, Transactions on Pattern Analysis,and Machine Intelligence. For more information, contact the IEEE EMBS Executive Office, IEEE, 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ, 08855–1331 USA
Established in 1968, the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) was founded to address a need for a society that afforded equal status to representatives of both biomedical and engineering interests. With that in mind, the primary goal of the BMES, as stated in their Articles of Incorporation, is ‘‘to promote the increase of biomedical engineering knowledge and its utilization.’’ Regular meetings are sched- uled biannually in both the spring and fall. Additionally, special interest meetings are interspersed throughout the year, and are promoted in conjunction with other bio- medical engineering societies such as AIMBE and EMBS. The primary publications associated with the BMES include: Annals of Biomedical Engineering, a monthly journal presenting original research in several biomedical fields; BMES Bulletin, a quarterly newsletter presenting a wider array of subject matter relating both to biomedical engineering and BMES news and events; and the BMES Membership Directory, an annual publication listing the contact information of the society’s
individual constituents. For more information, contact the BMES directly: BMES,8401 Corporate Drive, Suite 225, Landover, MD 20785–2224, USA
(http://www.bmes.org/default.asp; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The activities of these biomedical engineering societies are critical to the continued advancement of the professional status of biomedical engineers. Therefore, all bio- medical engineers, including students in the profession, are encouraged to become members of these societies and engage in the activities of true professionals
Source: “Introduction to Biomedical Engineering.”,”John D.Enderle et al.”
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