2022 ExCom Election Nominees
Thomas Penzel, Charité University Hospital
Dr. Thomas Penzel is an IEEE senior member. He graduated from physics (1986), human biology (1991), and physiology (1995) at the University Marburg, Germany. Since 1982 he installed the first sleep lab in a Department for Internal Medicine in Germany. This lab started many medical and technical initiatives (sleep center and physician certification, home sleep testing, cardiopulmonary interactions monitoring) spearheading sleep medicine in Germany and Europe. In 1997 he received a certificate for sleep medicine and a certificate for medical informatics. In 2001 he became Professor at the University of Marburg, Germany. In 2006 he moved to Berlin and joined the interdisciplinary sleep medicine center at the Charité University hospital. He serves as scientific director of the sleep center and faculty member. In 2001 he received the Bial award for clinical medicine in Portugal, 2008 the Bill Gruen Award for Innovations in Sleep Research by the Sleep Research Society, 2012 the Somnus Award by Sleep apnea patient groups in Germany, and 2014 the distinguished development award by the Chinese sleep research society. Currently he is president of the German Sleep Society (DGSM). He was board member of the German Society on Biomedical Engineering, IEEE EMB 2019 conference chair, is EMB Adcome member, and EMB distinguished lecturer. He authored more than 400 papers in Pubmed. He is an editorial board member on IEEE T-BME, IEEE TEHM and more journals in biomedical engineering and sleep research. His research bridges sleep research and biomedical engineering.
My name is Thomas Penzel and I am a Physicist and Physiologist and Medical Informatics person.
In the past I served for IEEE EMB as chair of the Germany chapter, TC Cardiopulmonary systems, chair of EMBC 2019 in Berlin.
I have built one of the first sleep labs in internal medicine with digital sleep recording and computer based sleep analysis. With that I made a career as the technical guy in sleep medicine and sleep research. My main achievement is bridging between physicians and engineers; developing and providing solutions to medical problems. This is what our discipline, engineering in medicine and biology is for. To continue on this path, to inspire engineers I like to become president of our society. Based on my work, I learned that listening to people, listening to physicians and to engineers is most important when finding solutions to problems. This does only work if we work together as a team. I believe in team work, in finding the strengths of people and in working together, to achieve something bigger and more successful than a single person could reach. This will be my dedication as EMB president. Together with all of you I want to master the challenging times and make use of this opportunity to make engineering in medicine and biology stronger. We can grow with the problems of today and I believe that the future lies in combining medicine with engineering for our societies worldwide.
Paul Sajda, Columbia University
Paul Sajda is the Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Radiology (Physics) at Columbia University. He is also a Member of Columbia’s Data Science Institute and an Affiliate of the Zuckerman Institute of Mind, Brain and Behavior. He received a BS in electrical engineering from MIT in 1989 and an MSE and PhD in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, in 1992 and 1994, respectively. Professor Sajda is interested in what happens in our brains when we make a rapid decision and, conversely, what processes and representations in our brains drive our underlying preferences and choices, particularly when we are under time pressure. His work in understanding the basic principles of rapid decision-making in the human brain relies on measuring human subject behavior simultaneously with cognitive and physiological state. Professor Sajda applies the basic principles he uncovers to construct real-time brain-computer interfaces that are aimed at improving interactions between humans and machines. He is also applying his methodology to understand how deficits in rapid decision-making may underlie and be diagnostic of many types of psychiatric diseases and mental illnesses. Professor Sajda is a co-founder of several neurotechnology companies and works closely with a range of scientists and engineers, including neuroscientists, psychologists, computer scientists, and clinicians. He is a fellow of the IEEE, AMBIE and AAAS and Chair of the IEEE Brain Initiative. He is also a recipient of the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF) which is the DoD’s most prestigious single-investigator award.
I have been an IEEE EMB member since I was a graduate student and I have always considered EMB my primary professional society. I began taking an active leadership role 10 years ago when I was elected EiC of TNSRE, for which I served two terms and doubled the size of the journal. In 2015 IEEE EMB leadership recommended me as the founding Chair of the IEEE Brain Initiative. IEEE Brain is an IEEE wide initiative focused on aggregating, across Societies and Councils, neuroengineering and neurotechnology expertise we represent and to engage and promote ourselves as thought leaders in neurotech with outside organizations, including government, academia, industry and philanthropy. The experience of leading IEEE Brain over the past 6 years has provided me with experience working with IEEE TAB, where I have had direct interaction with Presidents of other Societies and Councils, and also provided me insight into the organizational structure and politics of IEEE. As President, my vision for IEEE EMB can be summarized as three foci, namely 1) to build linkages and integrate with biomedical and clinical activities and societies within and outside of IEEE, 2) to make EMB more proactive, rather than reactive, to the changing environments in academic publishing and conference and 3) to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, particularly within IEEE EMB leadership. This last focus is most important to me, and if there is a qualified yet underrepresented candidate for President than me, I urge you to vote for them rather than me.
YT Zhang, City University, Hong Kong
Dr. Yuan-Ting Zhang is currently Chairman and Director of Hong Kong Center for Cerebro-cardiovascular Health Engineering (COCHE) and Chair Professor of BME of City University of Hong Kong. He is a LRG Member of Karolinska Institutet MWLC. He was the Sensing System Architect in Health Technology and Sensing Hardware Divisions at Apple Inc., California, the founding Director of the Key Lab for Health Informatics of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and the founding Director of CAS-SIAT Institute of Biomedical and Health Engineering. Dr. Zhang dedicated his service to the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1994 to 2015, where he served as the first Head of the BME Division and developed the Bachelor, Master and PhD degree Programmes in Biomedical Engineering.
Dr. Zhang serves as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE R-BME, the WG Chair for the development of IEEE 1708 Standard, Organizer of the 14 editions of IEEE-MDBS summer school series, and a member of IEEE Medal Panel for Healthcare Technology Award. He was the EiC for IEEE T-ITB, and the first EiC of IEEE J-BHI. He served as Vice President of IEEE EMBS, Technical Program Chair of EMBC’98, Conference Chair of EMBC’05, and Chair of 2016-2018 IEEE Award Committee in Biomedical Engineering.
Dr. Zhang’s main research interests include unobtrusive sensing, wearable technologies, and neurophysiological modeling. He was selected as a Most Cited Researcher by Elsevier for 6 consecutive years and among the top 2% of the world’s most highly cited scientists according to metrics compiled by Stanford University. He won a number of awards including two IEEE-EMBS Best Journal Paper Awards, IEEE-EMBS Outstanding Service Award, and IEEE-SA 2014 Emerging Technology Award. He is elected to be IAMBE Fellow, IEEE Fellow, AIMBE Fellow and SigmaXi.
EMBS has been an integral part of my life for over three decades, starting as a student member. I feel honored and privileged to have had the opportunity to work with so many EMBS colleagues and serve EMBS in multiple capacities, from being a reviewer, AE and Editor-in-Chief, to being a SS organizer, conference chair and VP-conferences. I view EMBS as my professional home, treat my EMBS colleagues as my professional family members, and handle EMBS service as my personal obligation and responsibility.
No doubt, BME is an extremely important field and EMBS has contributed enormously to its advancement globally. However, in the aftermath of the pandemic and in the face of rapid social, economic, and technological changes, there are challenges and exciting opportunities to make our society even better. If elected, I’ll work closely with the ExCom, AdCom and all the dedicated staff and volunteers to bring our international BME community together to advance EMBS to new levels of visibility and impact in this new era. Some specific strategic initiatives I would focus on include:
- Strengthening and broadening member engagement,
- Enhancing industrial and medical partnerships,
- Increasing participation of life science professionals and diverse groups, and
- Providing greater value to our members through new services and products.
I know we have many dedicated and talented colleagues in EMBS. I firmly believe, by working together, we will make EMBS even better and more impactful. I look forward to the opportunity to serve our society and make a difference.
Vice-President-Elect, Conferences Nominees
Gert Cauwenberghs, University of California, San Diego
Gert Cauwenberghs is Professor of Bioengineering and Co-Director of the Institute for Neural Computation at UC San Diego, La Jolla CA. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena in 1994, and was previously Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, and Visiting Professor of Brain and Cognitive Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. He co-founded Cognionics Inc. and chairs its Scientific Advisory Board. His research focuses on micropower biomedical instrumentation, neuron-silicon and brain-machine interfaces, neuromorphic engineering, and adaptive intelligent systems. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings with an h-index of 58, and holds 16 US patents. He received the NSF Career Award in 1997, ONR Young Investigator Award in 1999, and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2000. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, as well as Francqui Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation. He served IEEE in a variety of roles including as Distinguished Lecturer, as General Chair of the IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS 2011, San Diego), as Program Chair of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC 2012, San Diego), as Founding Chair of the IEEE EMBS Symposium and Workshop on Brain, Mind and Body (BMB 2019, San Diego), and as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems.
Conferences, symposia, workshops and other technical meetings sponsored by EMBS provide unique opportunities for dissemination of latest advances and for networking between members. As VP for Conferences I will strive towards continued excellence and impact of EMBS technical meetings, focusing on broadening participation and improving quality of live interactions and content. I will work with EMBS leadership mainly on three objectives: 1) Greater flexibility for live participation in meetings and asynchronous access to content by providing hybrid on-site and remote online experiences, allowing live interaction between all participants, and archiving all content available anytime to the EMBS community; 2) Greater participation by students and young professionals by engaging EMBS student chapters and other broader interest groups in the technical program such as by organizing special sessions, design competitions, and industry forums; and 3) Greater reach and impact by expanding the portfolio of technical meetings with new offerings in emerging areas of interest that resonate with timely opportunities for developments contributing to greater global health and wellness.
Michelle Khine, University of California, Irvine
Michelle Khine, Ph.D. is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education at UC Irvine. She co-founded and co-chaired the Micro and Nanotechnology in Medicine Conference (MNMC) in 2012 and co-chaired it again in 2014. MNM continues to thrive biannually as one of IEEE EMBS’ successful conference offerings. She served as TC Chair for BioMEMS Committee (2010-2016) and then as an AdCom Member (2017-2020). She was the co-Chair of the highly successful 2018 EMB Hawaii conference.
Michelle was the founding Director of Faculty Innovation at the Samueli School of Engineering and founding Director of BioENGINE (BioEngineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship) at UC Irvine. Prior to joining UC Irvine, she was an Assistant & Founding Professor at UC Merced. Michelle received her BS and MS from UC Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering and her PhD in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley and UCSF. Her research spans point of care diagnostics to wearable technologies for continuous physiological monitoring. She is the scientific founder of 6 start-up companies. Michelle was the recipient of the TR35 Award. She was named Innovator of the Year 2017 for the Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine. Michelle is a Fellow of AIMBE (American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering) and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Michelle’s reach expands beyond her technical focus. She has been profiled in popular magazines including Marie-Claire, Forbes, Fast Company, Oprah, and Scientific America. She was recently featured in the Netflix Documentary ‘The Creative Brain’ and highlighted in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
My formative experiences attending IEEE EMBC conferences as a student was one of the reasons I fell in love with academia. Traveling to Capri, Italy for a Special Topic Conference on Neural Engineering in 2003 and the Microtechnologies in Medicine and Biology Conference in Oahu, Hawaii in 2005 as a young graduate student was simply mind-blowing. I got to travel to the most beautiful places on Earth to learn from and debate with legendary thought-leaders. Over the course of several days and evenings, these icons became mentors. Over years of meetings at these conferences, these mentors became friends. This sense of community is what I love best about academia and is still what drives me to a large degree as a professor now myself. Having founded and co-chaired the MNM conference as well as coChaired the EMBC annual conference, I now have the perspective of both sides. For all the ‘magic’ I saw as a student, I also experienced the challenges and hard work required to make it look so seamless.
One of the first challenges we need to address is a sustainable, scalable approach to operationalizing conferences. Given faculty’s limited time and bandwidth, relying on them to execute on laborious tasks necessary to ensure a conference’s success has repeatedly led to strife, difficulties in retaining volunteers, and a lack of new conference offerings. Therefore, I propose a strategy that has worked well for me as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education at UC Irvine: leverage the students!
By having the Chairs of conferences nominate their best graduate students to work closely with our staff to execute on the more nuanced tasks of the conference, we can better leverage the reputation and network of the faculty to attract attendance without being held up by their relatively limited availability. The students serve as good liaisons to communicate between our staff and their advisors, and the experience and prestige for the students is invaluable. With this added workforce (for the price of just waived registration), we will be able to:
- Launch new and timely conference offerings.
– Launch 1 new special topics conference/year
– Engage industry (students would love to work on this and will benefit from these connections)
– Engage physicians (having started the BioENGINE program at UC Irvine and co-founded 6 medtech companies, I understand the importance of collaborating with physicians and I have a network to draw from.
- Create more sustained engagement.
– Students are savvy with the latest social media/technologies to drive marketing and sustained engagement so we can leverage this.
- Incorporate innovative career and skills development aspects into the programs. This would be especially interesting and a particular draw for the regional conferences. Students can inform us what new aspects of conference programming they would like to see and can help implement them.
I very much appreciated the opportunity to attend these EMBS conferences as a student and I would like nothing better than to pay it forward, by enabling more students to not only attend, but to get involved for life.
May Wang, Georgia Tech University
May Dongmei Wang, Ph.D. (SM’11) is a Wallace H Coulter Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Professor at Depts. of BME and ECE at Georgia Institute of Technology (GT) and Emory University (EU). USA. She is Director of Biomedical Big Data Initiative, a Kavli Fellow, a Georgia Distinguished Cancer Scholar, a Petit Institute Faculty Fellow, FAIMBE, FIAMBE, and Board of Directors in American Board of AI in Medicine. She received BEng from Tsinghua University China, and MS & PhD degrees from GT. Her research is Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) focusing on Biomedical Big Data Analytics and AI for predictive, personalized, and precision health (pHealth). She published 260+ referred journal and conference articles with ~13K citations and delivered 240+ invited and keynote lectures. She received GT Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, and EU MilliPub Award (for a high-impact paper over 1,000 citations). In 2021, She is selected GT Provost’s Emerging Leaders Program and IAMBE Executive Committee.
Dr. Wang has served EMBS in various roles as BHI-TC Chair, BHI Conf. Co-Chair, IEEE J-BHI Senior Editor, IEEE-TBME AE, IEEE-RBME AE now, and was 2017-EMBS VP, 2016-EMBC Co-Chair, 2015-EMBS Distinguished Lecturer. She is a standing panelist in NIH CDMA, NSF Smart and Connect Health, and Brain Canada. She was AIMBE Bioinformatics Nomination Chair, GT BMI Co-Director in Atlanta CTSA, a PNAS Emerging Area Editor, Co-Director of GT Center of Mass Spec Bioimaging, and NIH/NCI-sponsored U54 CCNE Bioinformatics and Biocomputing Core Director, Her research was supported by NIH, NSF, CDC, GRA, GCC, SHC, CHOA, Microsoft, HP, UCB, and Amazon.
Over 19 years, I have served as a reviewer, a theme chair, a workshop chair, a technical program co-chair, a conference co-chair (EMBC-2016, and STCs), a steering committee member and chair (2014-2020), and a conference committee member (2017-2020) for many EMBS conferences, and I have gained valuable experience. Biomedical engineering has grown rapidly in novel technologies and applications. The COVID-19 pandemic challenges the entire humanity to accelerate biomedical discovery, development, and delivery to save lives.
Thus, if I will be elected, I would like to focus on the following few aspects:
- To continue VP-Conference existing best practice by working closely with EMBS Executive Office staff to comply with IEEE policy, and with conference organizing team to produce positive technical and financial outcome;
- To organize emerging topic series in EMBC and STCs, by working with VP-TA and TC-Chairs, to share society’s major technical advances for societal impacts;
- To increase conference publication quality, by working closely with VP-Publications on reviewer training, to increase EMBS branding;
- To get more industrial sponsorships, by working with EMBS EO team and existing EMBS industrial members, to offer tutorials for practicing professionals (e.g. standards), and to establish young professional resume database for recruiting etc.; and
- To recruit more medical professionals by offering tutorials (e.g. AI & robotics); and to get travel fund to support URM young professionals (e.g. EMBC-2016) by working with NSF etc.
It is an honor and privilege to serve our society and you all. Thank you for your support!
Vice-President-Elect, Members & Student Activities
Laura Astolfi, Sapienza University of Rome
Laura Astolfi (MS, Electronic Engineering, University of Rome Sapienza; PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Bologna) is an Associate Professor at Sapienza University of Rome, where she heads the Laboratory of Bioengineering and Bioinformatics, and a Technical Manager at Fondazione Santa Lucia Hospital, Rome, Italy. Her research activity includes modeling of brain activity and connectivity, EEG applications to neurorehabilitation, hyperscanning, consciousness, cognition, and social Neuroscience.
She served EMBS as AdCom Member (2017-2019), Chair of the TC in Biomedical Signal Processing (2016-2017), Theme Chair for EMBC13/17/19, AE for Theme 6 (2010-present), Editorial Board Member for EMBC19/20 and Member of the SPC Committee for EMBC and NER (2013-present). She is a Fellow of the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering Sciences (EAMBES) and a Member of the Scientific Board of the International Society for Brain Electromagnetic Topography (ISBET). She serves in a number of projects to foster inclusion and diversity in STEM. Laura received several national and international awards, among which the Best Under-40 Researcher IBM Award at Sapienza University, the Trainee Travel Award by the Human Brain Mapping Society, the Young Investigator Competition by the ISBET Society, the Young Investigator Award by the Brain Connectivity Society, the Young Investigator Award by the International Society for Functional Source Imaging. She was PI/Co-PI of several national, European (FP7, Horizon2020) and US (NSF, NIH) funded research projects. She is an Associate Editor for Brain Topography and Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing. She authored 174 papers (9182 citations, total IF: 246.936, H-index: 45).
I have been an active member of IEEE-EMBS since my student days, and I always felt I belonged to this community, which I was happy to serve in different roles and at different levels during my career. I am therefore greatly honored to be nominated to serve on IEEE EMBS Ex-Com as VP for Member & Student Activities.
I feel that Scientific Societies can play a crucial role in this particular moment in history, by offering their members a sense of belonging to a community, providing role models and recognition, helping them to shape their careers, giving them access to quality resources, and connecting them with colleagues with different backgrounds and expertise to create and enhance their personal, multidisciplinary network. I think that our society can provide its members the instruments, the support, and the inspiration to reach scientific and professional excellence.
I am aware of the huge dedication and commitment required by the role of VP for Member & Student Activities. Should I have the honor to be elected for this position, I will work in close synergy with the representatives for different Members categories, with the TCs, with WIE and the EMBS Diversity and Inclusion Committee, with the other VPs, and with the Executive Office to develop and implement specific strategies to improve the involvement of current and prospective members in the Society’s activities, to create links with other Societies within and beyond IEEE and to prioritize inclusion and diversity.
Roberto Lavarello, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Roberto Lavarello (B.Sc. Electronics Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2000. M.Sc. and Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005 and 2009, respectively) is currently a full professor at the Department of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and the director of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering from the same institution. His research is primarily focused on the reconstruction and processing of images for the non-invasive assessment of pathological conditions. He is a senior member of IEEE and a former Fulbright scholarship recipient. He served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (2010-2012) and is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control and the IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, and an editorial board member for the IEEE Open Access Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology. He has served as IEEE EMBS Peru Section Chapter chair (2014-2016) and is currently the R9 representative at the IEEE EMBS AdCom, the chair-of the IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging Steering Committee, the chair of the the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging Steering Committee, the co-chair of the backscatter coefficient group of the the AIUM/QIBA Pulse-Echo Quantitative Ultrasound Biomarker committee. and a member of the IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on Biomedical Imaging and Image Processing, the IEEE SPS Technical Committee on Bio Imaging and Signal Processing, and the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium.
It is an honor to be considered for the role of VP Member and Student Activities. I have many years of service to EMBS in different roles, including R9 representative. During my tenure, we surpassed 1000 members in R9 for the first time in EMBS history, growing more than 50% compared to 2016 while exhibiting the largest female (32%) and student (48%) representation of all IEEE regions worldwide. The key factor in this success was setting up a connected EMBS community – establishing channels for regular communication, actively requesting feedback from members, and setting up a R9 council structure that allowed discovering areas of common interest to many countries of the region. Similarly, I would like to help discover common areas of interest around all the other geographical regions of the IEEE.
EMBS maintains technical excellence reflected in outstanding publications and conferences portfolios, certainly a legacy worth sustaining. However, these products are not necessarily appealing to potential members that do not match the typical profile of a current EMBS member. If we want EMBS to grow and attract a wider demographic, we need to try different things based on what people actually want from EMBS (and not what we think they want). The key areas that I will focus on if elected are (1) establishing organizational models in all IEEE regions that support both top-down and bottom-up communication between volunteers and members, (2) promoting activities that provide added value to EMBS membership with feedback from our members, (3) developing regional-based activities that allow a sustainable membership growth while paying attention to the needs of both developed and developing nations, and (4) promoting diversity and inclusion in the widest sense at all levels at EMBS.
Lei Ding, University of Oklahoma
Dr. Lei Ding is Presidential Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Neuroscience, and Director of Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Technology (IBEST) at the University of Oklahoma, and adjunct faculty member at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa. His research interests include functional neuroimaging, noninvasive neuromodulation, brain-computer interface, and imaging biomarkers for neuropsychiatric disorders. He received B.E. degree (Highest Honors) from Zhejiang University, China (2000), and Ph.D. degree (Dissertation Fellow) from the University of Minnesota (2007), both in biomedical engineering. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and Early Career Achievement Award of 2016 from IEEE EMBS. He has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers in areas of neuroimaging and neural engineering. He serves as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and IEEE Access, on editorial boards for several other biomedical journals, Associate Editor at EMBC Editorial Board since 2008, and as a reviewer for over 30 biomedical-related journals. He had served as EMBS AdCom member and Young Professionals Representative, 2014-2017, Chair of EMBS Student Paper Competition Committee, 2010-2015, Chair of the Education Committee, 2016-2020, and served on the Member and Student Activities Committee, 2010-2020. He has served as Program Chair/Co-Chair, Theme Chair/Co-Chair, Track Chair/Co-Chair or Session Chair/Co-Chair on EMBC and/or other special topic conferences at EMBS since 2007, and chaired the EMBS chapter at IEEE OKC section in 2010-2011. He currently serves as the chair of IEEE-EMBS Technical Committees on Biomedical Signal Processing since 2020.
In the past ten+ years, I have served on multiple positions at EMBS Member and Student Activities (MSA) Committee. I started with Chair of Student Paper Competition (SPC) Committee in 2010, then Young Professional Representative and an AdCom member from 2014, and Chair of Education Committee since 2016. In these positions, I have been promoting membership, student activities, and young professionals within the Society, including more SPCs (expanding from EMBC to special-topic conferences), more summer schools and new international student conferences (expanding into regions previously less represented, e.g., Southern and Central America, Africa, and Southern Asia), and engagements of young professionals in technical committees of our Society. If elected as the VP for MSA, I will dedicate my efforts in following areas:
- Commit to improve the visibility and delivery of our memberships, exemplary conferences, and prestigious journals to diverse groups of members; commit to promote the diversity in biomedical engineering educations.
- Focus on identifying and implementing new means to shape our products and services, and dedicating our resources to advancements and changes of research and educational programs.
- Foster global partnerships, link engineers with scientists, strengthen connectivity between academia and industry, and engage with policy-makers and clinical practitioners to create new challenges and opportunities for our members in areas that are of strategic interests to the Society.
- Continue supporting the “grass roots” development at Chapters and promote new international training opportunities to engage students becoming future young professionals and STEM workforce, and to engage our volunteers for successful operations of our Society.