Michele Grimm named to AIMBE College of Fellows for contributions to bioengineering


The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has elected Michele Grimm, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Wayne State University, to its College of Fellows, a distinguished group of outstanding bioengineers in academia, industry, clinical practice and government who have made significant contributions in research, industrial practice or education.

According to AIMBE, the organization’s fellows represent the top two percent of the medical and biological engineering community. Since AIMBE’s inception in 1991, over 1,500 individuals have been inducted into the College of Fellows.

“It is an honor to be nominated and elected by other leaders in the field of biomedical engineering to join them as a fellow of AIMBE,” said Grimm. “I appreciate the mentorship and camaraderie that many of the fellows have provided to me over the past 30 years, and I hope that I am able to pass that along to others in BME moving forward.”

A faculty member at Wayne State since 1994 after earning her Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Grimm is an expert in the biomechanics of neonatal injury as well as tissue characterization using ultrasound.

Grimm’s contributions to Wayne State University include serving as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering from 2003 through 2010, establishing an ABET accredited undergraduate program in biomedical engineering and working with the Office of the Provost to launch the Transfer Student Success Center in 2013. She has also been a faculty advisor for various student organizations, including the WSU Formula SAE team.

Grimm was named to the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission in 2015, and accepted a two-year appointment as program director for biomedical engineering in the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems division of the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. in 2016.

The AIMBE College of Fellows induction ceremony was held April 9, during the organization’s annual conference at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

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