Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

The EMBS field of interest is the development and application of engineering concepts and methods to biology, medicine and health sciences to provide effective solutions to biological, medical and healthcare problems. The field encompasses the development of mathematical theories, physical, biological and chemical principles, computational models and algorithms, devices and systems for clinical, industrial and educational applications.

Mission – The Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society of the IEEE advances the application of engineering sciences and technology to medicine and biology, promotes the profession, and provides global leadership for the benefit of its members and humanity by disseminating knowledge, setting standards, fostering professional development, and recognizing excellence.

Story – In 1952, a group of electronics engineers, members of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE), established an organization within the IRE to consider “problems in biology and medicine which might be aided in solution by use of electronic engineering principles and devices.” This Professional Group on Medical Electronics, as it was called, grew steadily and expanded its area of interest. In 1963, the IRE and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) merged to form the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the IRE Professional Group on Medical Electronics merged with the AIEE Committee on Electrical Techniques in Medicine and Biology to create the current IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. In the years since, EMBS has grown into the largest international, member-based society of biomedical engineers and has made—through its meetings, publications and other activities—invaluable contributions to the advancement of biomedical and healthcare engineering.


Interested in joining the society? Join the slack server at or email one of the officers for information.

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Officers

Narali Patel
Vice Chair
Kaitlyn Nussberger
Colleen Bailey PhD