The purpose of the Biomedical Engineering Society is to bring knowledge to its members concerning the advancement of biomedical research and technology in the medical field. The Biomedical Engineering Society shall also exist as a forum for discussion among the MIT community who would like share ideas or opinions. Meetings shall promote interests through activities such as lectures, presentations, tours, and social activities.Membership
Society membership is not restricted to students minoring in biomedical engineering. Our members are generally undergraduate students majoring in biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, aeronautics/astronautics, physics, and economics; they span nearly all academic majors available at MIT, and are brought together by one common interest – solving problems in biomedicine through the application of science and engineering. Student members are interested in research, industry, and premedical fields.
Creating a Foundation, Establishing a Legacy: President’s Letter Fall 2004
This year will be momentous in BMES history. We will celebrate our 10th anniversary as an MIT chapter, at the same time that we will oversee, with great excitement, the birth of a new Biological Engineering major. This year, BMES will serve not only as the nexus of communication between students and faculty regarding the new undergraduate degree in BE, but will be the first to hear about the latest course offerings and possible implementation of the degree into the curriculum. In this role, BMES will become a foundational part of history in shaping the future of engineering at MIT and in the world.
For this reason, it is important that this year the BMES builds a strong foundation for the future and current students of the biological engineering department. We must prepare for membership growth and increased student interest, but we must also foresee and implement the programs that will directly benefit the students who will enroll in the new major, such as a tutoring program for biological engineering classes. It will be important to develop programs that will leave a lasting effect on the MIT community and to give BMES the momentum it needs to become the strongest undergraduate organization at MIT. We must continue the effort to better define “what a biomedical engineer is and what we can do for the world.” As the President of the National BMES, Kyriacos Athanasiou says, “when people realize what we, the members of BMES, are capable of doing in helping humankind, BME will reach a level of unprecedented admiration and its concomitant benefits.”
The BMES at MIT already is a solid program, which the National Organization has recognized as one of the leading college chapters. We have worked towards our founders’ goal of providing students with research, employment and educational opportunities in biomedical engineering through maintaining the monthly lecture series, the Johnson & Johnson award for excellent student research in biomedical engineering, the big-little sibling program, and the quarterly newsletter, the BioTECH among others. But our success in achieving these goals depends on you, on your active involvement and your input.
It is for that reason that in this first issue of the BioTECH for this academic year, I would like to encourage you to join us, the MIT BMES. It is a prime time to become involved in the fastest growing industry in the nation, and in a new and exciting major at MIT. Regardless of your major or career interests, join BMES to become informed about an industry that will only continue to lead biomedical developments in the business world. Whether directly or not, progress in biomedical engineering will affect you as new therapies are produced and new drugs are discovered. As a member of the MIT BMES you will not only be at the forefront of biomedical engineering research, learning from faculty who are leaders in the field, but you will be setting the stage for the future of the undergraduate curriculum and programs at MIT, and ultimately the nation. MIT’s biological engineering program forges new ground in the field by emphasizing the connection between engineering and biology, rather than engineering and medicine. As biological engineering continues to grow worldwide, other universities will look to us, the members of the top engineering campus in the world, to set a precedent for how biological engineering programs should be run and what issues biological engineering can best address.
I urge you to join us and secure your place in the biological and biomedical engineering world today. I hope you will look through this issue of the BioTECH to see just some of the things that BMES can offer you.
Please feel free to contact me at any point with questions or suggestions. I look forward to your active participation next year!
The MIT BMES Constitution
The National BMES Code of Ethics