The RIT Student Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) began in the fall of 2012 with the official chapter title earned in the winter of 2012. Our mission is to bring together those in the biomedical community to work towards a common goal – advancement of human health. The society was established in 1968 with 171 members and has grown to over 80 student chapters and over 5,500 members. National members of BMES enjoy access to three scholarly journals, a monthly newsletter, special interest groups, members-only online content (including career assistance), discounted regional and annual meetings, and much more.
In addition to the benefits and mission listed above, we have our own chapter specific goals. Working in collaboration with the Bioengineering Club on campus, we encourage students to go beyond classroom learning to enhance their future. We also hope to connect with professionals, such as the Vice President of iCardiac Technologies Inc. and an RIT alum, Jaimie Cole, by inviting them to speak at RIT. In the future, we would like to bring more guest speakers, as well as possibly go on plant/company tours. In order to fulfill this goal for spring quarter, we held a successful fundraiser at Five Guys Burgers and Fries in January.
Additionally, we wish to inspire others through community service and connect with our members in a social setting. We have had our first opportunity to do so at our Christmas Party before break in December. Students enjoyed refreshments and helped decorate gift tags for the Golisano Children's Hospital, which would be attached to donated gifts for the children.
We also have regular volunteering at St. Mary's Place Community Outreach Center, a place where refugees of all faiths or nationalities in the Northwest Rochester area can go for counseling services, English tutoring, and food and clothing assistance. Our time there is spent doing fun activities with the children and helping them pack to move into a larger facility.
Below are the 2012-2013 executive officers and their contact information:
President, Geni Giannotti firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President, Nathan Burrell email@example.com
Secretary, Melissa Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer, Andrea Mazzocchi email@example.com
Student Affairs Representative, August Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
Freshman Representative, Maria Romero email@example.com
Chapter Advisor, Dr. Behnaz Ghoraani firstname.lastname@example.org
Apr. 19, 2013 Bausch and Lomb Guest Speaker (1:00 – 2:00 PM, Institute Hall Room 1140): Hear from a board-certified toxicologist who has experience with medical devices and pharmaceuticals!
Apr. 10, 2013 Ice Cream Social: Members will enjoy each other's company (and some free ice cream) while planning the exhibit for Imagine RIT.
Apr. 5, 2013 Imagine RIT Planning Meeting : All student members were invited to help come up with ideas to better the Imagine RIT Exhibit.
Mar. 27, 2013 First Committee Meeting: Students discussed various topics to better the organization and get more involved.
Mar. 13, 2013 Resume Review: Four professors from a variety of expertise offered their time to sit one-on-one with members and review and help improve student resumes, just in time for the Spring Career Fair. A special thank you to Dr. Daniel Phillips, Dr. Behnaz Ghoraani, Dr. Thomas Gaborski, and Dr. Reginald Rogers for their time and commitment to their students!
Feb. 11, 2013 Co-op Experiences: While enjoying some pizza, our third year Biomedical Engineering students shared what a co-op was really like with second and first year students.
Jan. 23, 2013 Five Guys Burgers and Fries Fundraiser Night: Prior to the event, members advertised the event to friends and faculty, encouraging them all to attend for the organization's future success. A special thank you to everyone who participated and made our fundraiser a success!
Jan. 14, 2013 I-Cardiac Technologies Guest Speaker: An RIT alum in Computer Engineering, Jaimie Cole, also Vice President of I-Cardiac, spoke about interesting careers that the medical industry has to offer.
Dec. 17, 2013 Holiday Party: Students gave back by creating gift tags for patients at the Golisano Children's Hospital and discussed future biomedical engineering project ideas.
Dec. 3, 2013 First Official Meeting: The organization was introduced as well as the executive officers. Students were asked what they hoped to obtain from membership.