Professors Maynard and Valentine Elected to American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

BioPACIFIC MIP Leads Receive National Recognition

February 17, 2021
Profs. Maynard and Valentine
Profs. Maynard and Valentine

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the election of BioPACIFIC MIP leads Heather Maynard, Dr. Myung Ki Hong Professor in Polymer Science, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA, and Megan Valentine, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB, to its College of Fellows.

Dr. Maynard was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for paradigm-shifting contributions to the synthesis of protein-polymer conjugates, protein stabilization, and protein drug delivery for disease treatment. Dr. Valentine was elected for outstanding contributions to the microscale analysis of biomaterials, fundamental science of cellular mechanics, and generation of novel bioinspired materials.

Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers. College membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering and medicine research, practice, or education” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of medical and biological engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to bioengineering education.”

AIMBE Fellows are among the most distinguished medical and biological engineers including 3 Nobel Prize laureates, 18 Fellows having received the Presidential Medal of Science and/or Technology and Innovation, and 195 also inducted to the National Academy of Engineering, 94 inducted to the National Academy of Medicine and 43 inducted to the National Academy of Sciences.