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(Boston, Mass.) –Herbert F. Voigt, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University, was recently elected president of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), an interdisciplinary engineering organization with more than 2,000 members nationwide, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. He succeeds to the presidency at the organization’s annual meeting in October, 1999.
As president-elect and chairman of the BMES Long-term Planning Committee, Voigt worked with Eric Guilbeau, current BMES president, and James Bassingthwaighte, editor-in-chief of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering, on a successful proposal to the Whitaker Foundation for $1 million in funding to support the organization’s programs over the next five years.
The proceeds from the Whitaker Foundation will help fund numerous programs including a job fair and the Society’s continuing education programs. It will also support an industry exhibition, focusing on the $51 billion biomedical device industry, at the Society’s annual meeting and an extensive awards program for exceptional students and for young and distinguished investigators.
The funding from the Whitaker Foundation will also support ABME’s bimonthly scientific publication, the Annals of Biomedical Engineering. It will enable the publication to continue to be available free on-line and to become a monthly by the year 2000. It will also support free subscriptions to the Annals for graduating undergraduate honor students and new M.S. and Ph.D. recipients in biomedical engineering. The Annals presents original research in tissue and cellular engineering and biotechnology; biomaterials and biological interfaces; biological signal processing and instrumentation; biomechanics, rheology, and molecular motion; dynamical, regulatory, and integrative biology; transport phenomena, systems analysis and electro-physiology; and imaging.
Voigt is associate chairman of undergraduate studies at Boston University’s College of Engineering and associate research professor of otolaryngology at the Boston University School of Medicine. He holds a B.E. in electrical engineering from the City College of New York, and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. His own research centers on hearing – how neurons and networks of neurons in the cochlear nucleus respond to acoustic stimulation.
Voigt, his wife Ronit, and their two children, Justin and Emily, live on Hinckley Road in Milton.