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50th Anniversary, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium

May 3, 2013

50th Anniversary, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium
UW College of Engineering & Applied Science

This April marked the 50th anniversary of the Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium.  The symposium was held at the Embassy Suites in Colorado Springs.  This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Richard Gowen, former President of IEEE, former President of Dakota State College, and former Vice President and Dean of Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines.  Gowen was also a member of the NASA astronaut medical launch recovery team for six capsule space flights.

NSF Fellow and graduate electrical engineering student, Rob Streeter received this year’s Contest Chairs’ Award for his presentation entitled “Changes, Adaptations, and Applications of a Bio-inspired Machine Vision Sensor.” 

Jonathan Barrett, MS of Psychology, MBA, of the Dean’s office was named to the RMBS Board of Directors.

This year’s program chairs included Drs. Cam Wright, Jeff Anderson, and Steve Barrett, all from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  In 2014, RMBS will be held in Denver, CO with program chairs coming from both Jackson State University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

UW’s Jeff Anderson will once again be Program Chair of the 2015 symposium being held in Salt Lake City, UT.  He will Co-Chair with Dr. Amanda Brooks of the University of Utah, and Dr. Sri Kumar of the Safety Research Institute in Hoschton, GA.

The symposium for 2016 is scheduled for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terra Haute, IN.  Co-Chairs will include Dr. Lee Waite of Rose-Hulman, and Drs. Cam Wright and Steve Barrett of UW. 

The RMBS had been held annually since 1963. This began as a two-day meeting at the US Air Force Academy to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of faculty from Colorado and Wyoming to share interests in the then new area of bioengineering.  Initially at sites in and around the Rocky Mountain area, the conference has grown to become a regional symposium with meeting sites throughout the region.  Attendees come from locations spanning the globe. Attendance and professional paper presentations by individuals from all bioengineering disciplines are encouraged and welcome. Accepted papers are published in the nationally distributed Conference Proceedings through the International Society of Automation (ISA), which is also archived in online databases such as MEDLINE and PubMed.

Fundamental topics emphasized at the symposium include: bioinstrumentation, biomaterials, and biomechanics; biomedical signal processing; cell and tissue engineering; medical informatics; and biomedical modeling. 

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Photo: Rob Streeter, NSF Fellow and electrical engineering graduate student was the recipient of the 2013 RMBS Contest Chairs’ Award.

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