2024 Women in Biomedical Engineering (WIBME) Forum

IEEE EMBS Hosts 2024 Women in Biomedical Engineering Forum in Orlando, Florida to Promote Diversity and Inclusion Across STEM Fields

The 2024 WiEMB Forum at EMBC 2024 is the second iteration of what is now an annual event. This year’s forum is another step in this commitment and is a headline feature of the 46th Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS in Orlando, Florida USA. The forum is structured as four talks over two days and includes a reception and networking luncheon – world-renowned women in biomedical engineering.

Details of the 2024 WiEMB Forum are listed below

Wednesday, 17 July 2024

  • 4:00 Welcome
  • 4:00–4:30 Keynote: Meike Herget, Ph.D.
  • 4:30–5:00 Keynote: Christine Edwards, Ph.D.
  • 5:00–6:00 Networking Reception (Open to all – pre-registration required)

Thursday, 18 July 2024

  • Noon Welcome
  • 12:00–12:30 Keynote: Vanessa E. Wyche
  • 12:30–1:00 Keynote: Jennifer L. West, Ph.D.
  • 1:00–2:00 Networking Luncheon (Limited Seating)

Location: Disney’s Coronado Springs, Orlando, Florida, USA

Keynote Speakers:

  • Vanessa E. Wyche: Vanessa E. Wyche is the director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, managing over 11,000 employees and overseeing human spaceflight activities, including the Artemis missions to the Moon and Mars. She previously served as deputy director and held other key leadership positions at NASA. Wyche earned her B.S. and M.S. in Bioengineering from Clemson University and is a passionate STEM advocate, serving on multiple advisory boards. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering.
  • Jennifer L. West, PhD: Dr. Jennifer L. West is the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at UVA and a National Academies of Engineering, Medicine, and Inventors member. Her research includes nanoparticle-based therapeutics and diagnostics. She founded Nanospectra Biosciences Inc., which is developing AuroLase cancer therapy. Dr. West has authored over 200 research articles and holds 20 patents. She has received numerous accolades for her contributions to bioengineering.
  • Meike Herget, PhD: Dr. Meike Herget is the CTO and Co-founder of Avails Medical Inc., a startup focused on infectious disease diagnostics. She leads the development of electronic biosensor technology. Dr. Herget holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Goethe University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford. She has 36 patents and ten peer-reviewed publications and has secured significant funding for Avails Medical.
  • Christine Edwards, PhD: Dr. Christine Edwards is an electrical and biomedical engineer with over 28 years of experience at the Department of Defense. She has held various roles in research, technical advisory, and leadership. Her research focuses on artificial intelligence and neuroscience to develop innovative solutions in multiple domains.

For more details about the 46th Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS or the 2024 WiEMB Forum, please visit wibme.embs.org/2024