2012 BMES Conference October 24-27

We have successfully obtained funding from SAO to subsidize the cost of the trip to the Annual BMES Conference in Atlanta. We have four slots available for BMES members (not including the e-board) and need to know who is interested immediately; bookings and registration need to be made by September!! Please read the details below if you are interested and respond.

The conference is an awesome way to meet fellow BME students, professors, and industry members. There are a number of lectures, workshops, and other events. We are also planning to volunteer to save more money; this means we will help out with things like registration and collecting tickets. You can learn more about it at:


Here’s a breakdown of the funding:

Estimated trip cost: $1,000/person
SAO Funding: – $250/person
BMES Volunteer Opportunity: -$125/person
Expected ENG/BME Funding: -$200/person
Self contribution: $425/person

If this sounds like something you are interested in, please let us know as soon as possible – it is not a commitment yet until we have the bookings. Our email is bmes@bu.edu.


Spring 2012 Events Update!

Hey guys!! It’s E-Week from the 21st of February and the Engineering community at BU has all sorts of exciting events planned out!Visit the College of Engineering website for a full list of events!! With regards to the BMES events during this period, we have the following:

Dinner and Lecture Series: AEMB and BMES invite you to to listen to their guest speaker and enjoy a meal this Wednesday, 22nd of February!

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Terrace Lounge, GSU 2nd Floor

Faculty-Student Basketball Game
BMES and ENG GOV invite you to the annual Faculty-Student Basketball game!! This event will be held on the 24th of February, from 6-11 PM in the SAC gym. Participating teams can have up to 8 members. All members must be engineering students at BU, though teams are allowed to have one ENG alumnus. So whether you choose to play or just cheer or to your favorite team and enjoy the food, we hope to see you there!!

Time: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: SAC Gym (1 University Road)

BMES Annual Conference

The annual conference for BMES was held in Hartford CT from the 12th to the 15th of October 2011. This year, all six board members for the BU chapter were able to attend the Friday and Saturday sessions. It provided us with exposure to current research being conducted in various areas of biomedical engineering, such as novel drug delivery technologies, optics and imaging and tissue engineering to name a few. All in all, it was a very enlightening experience that provided us with a great opportunity to learn what’s going on in the real world and to see how it relates to what we might have studied here at BU.

Spring 2011 Update!

Tuesday, February 22rd Dinner and Lecture Series (7-9pm PHO 9th Floor West Lounge)- AEMB (the BME honor society) has invited us to listen to their guest speaker at their induction ceremony. Tickets are $5 and will be on sale in ERB107, it will include a delicious catered dinner as well, yum! Get your ticket and go listen to “Medical Devices: Technology Development to Product Approval” with Michael Eppihimer, the Director of Preclinical Sciences at Boston Scientific. BMES member are excused after the lecture and will not be required to stay for AEMB’s induction ceremony.
Friday, February 25th Annual BMES/ENG-GOV Student/Faculty Basketball Game! (6:30 – 9:30pm SAC Gym – 1 University Rd) Sign up your team (5-8 people), sign up as an individual (for our free-agent team) or just come, enjoy some pizza and cheer on your friends and professors! We encourage all students to come, it’s usually a great time, but remember, all teams must be made of ENG students only! Sign-up by emailing bmes@bu.edu with the Team Name, Captain/Contact Person, and the Names and Year of all the players on the team.

Monday, February 28th AEMB/BMES Lecture Series (6-7pm PHO203) Come listen to Professor Tyrone Porter speak about his education, and past experiences that brought him to his research and teaching at BU. Pizza will be served, feel free to bring guests.

2nd General Meeting!

On Thursday, November 4th at 6pm in PHO203 we will be having our 2nd General Meeting of the year.  We encourage you to get involved, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send us an email.

  • Interested in being a freshman or sophomore representative? We’re picking 2 per grade. Email us your name and class and be prepared to talk to the group at the 2nd meeting and tell them why they should vote for you!
  • JUNIORS! We’re voting for our Junior President and Vice-President at the 2nd meeting, you’ll return as the President and Vice-President your senior year! Send us your name and be prepared to give a speech at the meeting.
  • We’re now accepting BME themed sweatshirt designs to be voted during the 2nd meeting, email us yours now (jpeg or image file please!) Remember, the winner submission gets a free sweatshirt
  • BME T-shirts: The design is still being ironed out but it looks promising! Place your order at the 2nd meeting (we’re estimating $13 a shirt)
  • CLUB DUES: You can pay your student due of $5 to our treasurer at the 2nd general meeting! It supplies snacks at our events and plus, you get a $5 discount on your sweatshirt order compared to nonBMES members

Invite your friends to our 2nd General Meeting, ask them to join and take part in the voting too. We’ll see you on November 4th!

1st General Meeting and Bloomberg Info Session!

We will be having our 1st general meeting on Thursday, September 30th from 6-8pm in Morse Auditorium! Please come and join us, you can learn about the events we will be holding this year and our goals as BU’s Student Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Pizza will be served.

The second half of our meeting will be an information session from a Bloomberg representative, their company is looking for Financial Software Developers and think BMEs are perfectly qualified! You don’t have to have a background in computer science for this position and Bloomberg is coming back a week after our meeting to host interviews!! Seniors get your resumes together!

Any questions or comments can be emailed to: bmes@bu.edu

Fall 2010 – Welcome Back!

As we’re gearing up for another semester BMES already has some dates to look out for! We will be participating at the:

Commonwealth Ave Fair – August 31st (Tuesday) from 1-4pm at the Morse Auditorium Parking Lot – We invite you to come and learn about what BMES has to offer and the events to come this year!

ENG Students Organization Fair – September 17th (Friday) from 3:15 – 5pm  at Photonics’ 1st and 2nd Floors – Stop by to learn about getting involved and sign up for our emailing list!

We will be having our first general meeting (date TBD) sometime in the couple of weeks shortly following these fairs. We encourage new members as well as returning students to come by and see what we’ve got planned for the upcoming semester and how BMES can help you! If you have any questions feel free to post them or email: bmes@bu.edu

Summer 2010!

Will you be around campus June 28th? The Biomedical Engineering Society invites you to join Boston’s BMES Industry Chapter as they speak about engineering and physician collaboration. Please see the details below. If you are a student at Boston University, please rsvp by contacting the student chapter’s president, Kristen Lee at kllee@bu.edu


Biomedical Engineering-Physician Collaboration: A Key Resource for Innovation
Monday, June 28th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Event Sponsored by Boston University

Innovation can take place in many scenarios, but in the greater Boston area, many early stage concepts are formed and evaluated at the interface between biomedical engineers and physician-scientists. The Biomedical Engineering Professional Chapter of Greater Boston will discuss this key resource for biomedical innovation during this Forum.
When:    Monday, June 28th 
Time:      6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where:  Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary Street
The Colloquium Room, 9th Floor
6:00 – 6:30pm –                     Registration/Networking/ Appetizers
6:30 – 7:00 pm –                    Opening Remarks, BMES Leadership Team
7:00 – 8:00 pm –                    Panel: “Biomedical Engineering-Physician Collaboration”
8:00- 9:00 pm –                    Networking/Refreshments/Desserts
Karen Kullas, Senior Development Engineer, CR Bard
Dr. Atul Malhotra, Associate Professor of Medicine , Harvard Medical School
Stephen Pittman, Senior Manager, Philips Home Healthcare Solutions
Event Fee:
All those who wish to attend should contact: Kristen Lee kllee@bu.edu
 About our Panelists:

Karen Kullas currently works at Bard – Davol, Inc, a subsidiary of C.R. Bard, Inc, an international medical device manufacturer.  She has worked in various capacities (presently Senior Development Engineer), in new product development. Karen holds 12 U.S. patents with several pending on medical devices, in the mechanical/biomedical engineering field ranging from a gastric balloon and insertion/removal device as a bariatric treatment, to irrigation and debridement devices and accessories for arthroscopy, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, orthopedics and wound care devices, and lastly to a device to insert/protect soft tissue prosthesis for delivery into the abdominal cavity. 
Dr. Atul Malhotra is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a board-certified physician in Internal, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, and serves as the Medical Director for the Sleep Disorders Program and Clinical Chief for the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. The two major research foci for Dr. Malhotra are the pathogenesis of sleep apnea and the metabolic/cardiovascular complications of sleep disorders. The pathogenesis studies include anatomical ones using imaging, upper airway physiology, and control of breathing. These studies are ultimately designed to define the various contributors to apnea in different individuals. Dr. Malhotra’s lab has developed multivariate statistical models, computational finite element computational models, and an intact rat model to assess the various factors that are important in apnea pathogenesis. The ultimate goal is to define specific therapeutic targets for OSA patients of varying phenotypes. The rat studies are exploring the neurochemistry of the various components of upper airway reflexes with an eventual goal of defining potential pharmacological targets for OSA therapy. The metabolic/cardiovascular studies seek to separate obesity effects from OSA influences by assessing a host of autonomic, microcirculatory, inflammatory, hemostatic, metabolic, and hemodynamic variables. These studies include a cross sectional study comparing OSA patients with weight matched controls, an interventional study to assess the changes in the various biomarkers with OSA therapy, and the impact of weight loss on these biomarkers following gastric bypass surgery. The ultimate goal of these studies is to improve our understanding of apnea complications and to lay the groundwork for a multicenter clinical trial to determine the impact of treatment on OSA outcome. Dr. Malhotra’s lab also participates in industry-related science focused on the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies in OSA.
Dr. Malhotra completed medical school at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine in Canada, residency training in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and fellowship training in Pulmonary Disease and Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Stephen Pittman is the Senior Manager for the Circadian Rhythm Professional Business in the Home Healthcare Solutions business group of Philips Healthcare in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to his current position, he led Advanced Research Strategy within the same business group at Philips and previously managed product research & development in the Sleep Disorders Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. These efforts helped produce a number of commercial medical devices/technologies to diagnose  and treat sleep-related breathing disorders and automate the analysis of neurophysiologic/respiratory data. Stephen has also worked as a consultant in the reconstructive orthopedic device industry specializing in joint replacement/sports medicine. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where he was also a Saints fan when the “S” was silent long before the recent Super Bowl Championship.

Winter Update!

Happy Holidays everybody! Hope finals went well for all of you!

Here’s an update on what’ve got coming up next semester:

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010, 6pm PHO211
What: AEMB/BMES BU Faculty/Student Lecture Series
First lecture of the series featuring Professor Michael Smith.  Opportunity for students to hear professor’s career path (education, past employments, etc.) and research interests in an intimate setting.  Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Later dates in the series in early Feb, mid March, and early April TBA…

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010, 6pm, 9th Floor Photonics
What: AEMB/BMES Lecture/Dinner and AEMB induction ceremony.  Speaker TBA.
Dinner and Lecture Begin at 6pm.  AEMB Induction at end of dinner!  Event held during E-week!
Students, Faculty, and Alumni all encouraged to attend.  Great time to share interests and network with professors and alumni for our students. Also get an amazing catered meal!

Thursday, February 18th, 2010, 6pm
What: Student/Faculty Basketball Classic!  Student Activities Center Gym. 1 University Road
Professors Colburn, Collins, Damaino, Smith, Unlu will be there…will you?

Thursday, February 25th, 2010, 6pm
What: Second Annual ENG Pub Trivia Night!  Sponsored by TBP, ENGGOV, and BMES.  9th Floor PHO.  Food and Beverages included.
Great success last year!  Please join us this year!

Be on the look out:

Late March
Second annual ENG Hard Rock Cafe Night! Faneuil Hall  Hard Rock Cafe
Sponsored by ENGGOV, BMES, TBP, and several other student groups…
Again, great success last year! Please join us this year!

Early April
Junior BMEs / Faculty Annual Dinner!
Fire and Ice
Date and time TBA


2nd Meeting, Wednesday October 7th!!!

Hey guys,

Our 2nd meeting of the year will be tommorrow, Wednesday October 7th.  We will be focusing on the elections of underclass representatives and Junior Class President and Vice-President as well as the hoodie design contest.

If you are interested in a position or have a BMES hoodie design to submit email us at bmes@bu.edu by TONIGHT, Tuesday October 6th.

Hope to see everyone there!!!