Two VCU School of Engineering Faculty Members Will Be Inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows

Richmond, VA (February 10, 2017) - The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the upcoming induction of two VCU School of Engineering faculty members to its College of Fellows.

“Election to AIMBE’s College of Fellows is a great honor,” said Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Engineering. “Members of the College represent the top two percent of the medical and biological engineering community. AIMBE Fellows work with government agencies and industry to advance the innovation that improves human health.”

AIMBE’s College consists of clinicians, industry professionals, academics and scientists who have distinguished themselves through their contributions in research, industrial practice and education. The common goal of embracing innovation to improve the health care and safety of society is fundamental to their achievements.

L. Franklin Bost, M.B.A., who is professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, executive associate dean of innovation and outreach of the VCU School of Engineering and director of the VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine, was nominated, reviewed and elected by members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to design and development of novel medical devices and educating the innovators of the future. Bost is a recognized leader in development and commercialization of medical devices, consumer and industrial products.

“It’s an amazing honor to be be nominated and accepted into AIMBE. The majority of my career has been focused on working with medical professionals to develop and commercialize medical devices that address unmet needs for patient diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation. I look forward to connecting with all the innovators in AIMBE,” Bost said.

Krzysztof J. Cios, Ph.D., D.Sc., M.B.A., professor and chair in the VCU School of Engineering Department of Computer Science, was elected as an AIMBE Fellow for his seminal contributions to biomedical data mining research and education. He co-authored the first book on data mining on the U.S. market in 1998 and edited another on medical data mining; his chapter in the latter is widely cited. Cios’ lab develops efficient learning algorithms that range from clustering inductive machine learning through discretization, to artificial neural networks, with a focus on networks of spiking neurons. The latter are used to model processes including brain organization, multisensory processing and image recognition. Cios also serves as director of enterprise informatics for VCU’s C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

“To be inducted as an AIMBE Fellow is a rare distinction in one’s profession. It signifies recognition by one’s peers for some essential intellectual contributions with long-lasting effects. I am grateful for this honor, and for the supportive environment that exists at VCU,” Cios said.

Bost and Cios will be inducted at AIMBE’s 2017 Future of Engineering Medicine and Innovation Annual Event held March 19 - 20 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

With the inductions of Bost and Cios, the VCU School of Engineering will now have 10 faculty members in the AIMBE College of Fellows.