UF BME professors elected as AIMBE Fellows


Congratulations to UF BME professors, Drs. Kevin Otto, Lakiesha Williams, Carlos Rinaldi and Wesley Bolch, who were elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows!


Representing a select group of the top two percent of medical and biological engineering professionals, the College of Fellows is comprised of outstanding bioengineers in academia, industry and government.The inductees, who were nominated by their peers, were screened by committees of Fellows within their specialty and were finally elected by the full College as the official Class of 2020. 


Dr. Kevin Otto, professor, was elected for his outstanding contributions in the area of neural engineering with specific regard for brain-machine interfaces, neural coding, and electrical stimulation for neural plasticity. Otto’s research is focused on engineering neural interfaces for both research purposes as well as treatment options in neurological injuries or disease. 


Dr. Lakiesha Williams, associate professor, was elected for her outstanding contributions in traumatic brain injury research, and tireless advocacy of biomedical engineering to underrepresented communities. Williams’ research focuses on characterizing the structure and property relationships of biological tissues for implementation into physics-based constitutive models.


Dr. Carlos Rinaldi, Dean’s Leadership Professor & Chemical Engineering Department Chair, was elected for his outstanding contributions to applications of magnetic nanoparticles and broadening participation of women and minorities in medical and biological engineering. Rinaldi’s research is focused on advancing the understanding and biomedical applications of suspensions of magnetic nanoparticles.


Dr. Wesley Bolch, professor, was elected for his internationally recognized work on anatomic models of patients for assessment of radiation doses received in medical imaging and radiotherapy. Bolch’s research seeks to develop rapid and clinically accessible computational tools to assess radiation organ dose to patients following diagnostic imaging or radiation therapy.


AIMBE is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., representing the most accomplished individuals in the fields of medical and biological engineering. In addition to representing the most accomplished in the top 2% of medical and biological engineers, AIMBE represents academic institutions, private industry, and professional engineering societies.