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Career And Professional Development In Bioengineering: Translation Of A Conference Initiative To Education And Training

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Careers and Professional Development in BME

Tagged Division

Biomedical

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

13.277.1 - 13.277.9

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https://peer.asee.org/3335

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Guruprasad Madhavan State University of New York-Binghamton

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Guruprasad Madhavan received his B.E. degree (Honors with Distinction) in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from the University of Madras, Chennai, India (2001), and M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York (2002). Following his medical device industry experience as a Research Scientist at AFx, Inc. and Guidant Corporation in Fremont, California, Madhavan completed his M.B.A. in Leadership and Healthcare Management from the State University of New York at Binghamton, New York (2007), where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering. He is a co-editor of "Career Development in Bioengineering and Biotechnology" (Springer, New York; 2008).

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Aimee Betker University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Jennifer Flexman University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

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Barbara Oakley Oakland University

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Career and Professional Development in Bioengineering: Translation of a Conference Initiative to Education and Training

Abstract

The Student Activities Committee of the annual conferences of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) has developed a unique career and professional development track for undergraduate and graduate students in bioengineering. This initiative debuted at the 2005 IEEE/EMBS conference and has since developed as an integral part of the annual conference. In the 2006 annual conference, approximately 320 student members participated in the student activity sessions—one third of the thousand students who attended the conference. The sessions in this track provide extraordinary opportunities for students to network with leaders and practitioners from both industry and academia. The track has also led to increases in student volunteerism and the creation of innovative sessions. For instance, in 2004 there were no student activities at the annual conference aside from the traditional student paper and design competitions, whereas in 2007 there were about half-a-dozen activities, led by more than 15 student and faculty volunteers. Subject areas in the student activity sessions that are continually featured and well- liked include (1) traditional and non-traditional career opportunities, (2) life strategies for career growth and renewal, (3) leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurial development, and (4) social, ethical, and political stewardship in bioengineering. In this work, we describe our best practices and outcomes in developing these student activity sessions. We also share our experiences on incorporating facets of this initiative into a sample bioengineering educational curriculum and present its relevance to visionary frameworks that include the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology’s Criterion 3, the National Academies’ Engineer of 2020 and the National Science Foundation’s Strategic Plan.

Introduction

There is lively ongoing debate about the essential underpinnings of an engineering education. With growing disparity between technological progress on the one hand, and existing limitations in educational and socioeconomic resources on the other, a varied number of visionary frameworks and strategic plans have been put forth by commissions of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET)1, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)2, and the National Science Foundation (NSF)3. A strong, consistent recommendation in these reports is the need for engineering graduates to have professional development, or “soft” skills. The visions of these reports have particular relevance to bioengineering, a discipline whose explosive international growth is generating abundant career development, professional development, and humanitarian development opportunities that require engineers to be poised in terms of both technical and soft skills4.

Correspondingly, the Student Activities Committee of the annual conferences of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE)5 Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS)6 has developed a unique career and professional development track for undergraduate and graduate students in bioengineering. Initiated in 2005 as part of the annual

Madhavan, G., & Betker, A., & Flexman, J., & Oakley, B. (2008, June), Career And Professional Development In Bioengineering: Translation Of A Conference Initiative To Education And Training Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3335

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