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A Letter
From Our President

Dr. Jedlicka

When I was asked in February of 2020 by the then IBE President, Prof. Mark Eiteman, to consider the 2021 IBE Presidency, I was both honored and apprehensive. The Institute of Biological Engineering is my professional home, and this role is one that I never expected to fill. My immense respect for colleagues such as Prof. Brahm Verma, made me think that I was insufficient for the task ahead. But, I overcame my hesitation (with a little encouragement) and decided to take on this important role. Little did we know, in 2020, a pandemic would change everything we thought we knew.  We were forced to cancel our 2020 meeting and hold our 2021 meeting virtually.  We have lost touch with colleagues in that time period, and many organizations have failed to survive.  The last several months of my tenure as President have been chaotic, as we have tried to identify an annual meeting location for 2022 and rebuild a few committees to manage major initiatives.  Thanks to a strong partnership with our leadership team, and a productive working relationship with our President Elect, Prof. Raj Rao, I am happy to say that we are taking strides to increase our membership and our engagement with fellow biology-inspired engineers.  This newsletter is one example of the amazing group of students and faculty I get to work with here at IBE.  A big thanks to the student team who initiated it, and if they are any indication, the upcoming months for IBE are going to be amazing!



The Institute of Biological Engineering announces the Call for Abstracts for the 2022 Annual Conference is open.

2022 Annual Meeting
April 7 – 9, 2022  |  Athens, GA 
ABSTRACT DEADLINE: December 10, 2021
Submit your abstract (500 words or less) using IBE’s online form:  

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