With his election to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows, biomedical engineering professor Kristen L. Billiar hopes to bring more attention to the work he and his WPI students are doing in the field of micro-mechanics of cardiovascular tissues–both in society at large and on Capitol Hill.
Billiar was inducted April 4 in Washington, D.C., along with 160 colleagues in the medical and biological field. According to the AIMBE’s website, the College of Fellows includes more than 1,500 individuals who are “the outstanding leaders, engineers, entrepreneurs, and innovators in medical and biological engineering.” AIMBE is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., representing 50,000 individuals and the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers.
“Personally, it’s a great honor to be considered amongst the top in my field. Walking across the stage with people I immensely respect was truly one of the highlights of my career,” says Billiar, Head of the Biomedical Engineering Department.