Voigt to Lead International Organization
By Katelyn Boller
Herbert F. Voigt, a professor in the biomedical engineering department, was recently voted president-elect of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering.
IFMBE is a non-governmental agency that brings together national and international medical and biological engineering organizations to encourage research and collaboration.
While Voigt will not be inducted as president until the 2009 World Congress in Munich, Germany, he will act as vice president under the current president, Makoto Kikuchi of Japan.
“My role is to support his vision for the next three years while I hone my vision,” said Voigt.
He will be serving on several committees and traveling across the globe for officer meetings, including a trip to Venezuela next year.
While working with an international organization is new to Voigt, he has many similar experiences in the United States. He is president of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering; Alpha Eta Mu Beta, the biomedical engineering honor society; and has been president of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Serving as president for all of these organizations may be unprecedented in the field, according to Kenneth Lutchen, dean of the College, who also serves as a vice president at-large for AIMBE.
“These types of leadership positions bring much pride to us here at Boston University. They are yet another recognition and reflection of the respect that the outside community has for our excellent faculty,” said Lutchen. “Dr. Voigt has been actively engaged in taking on leadership positions in the bioengineering community for over 15 years now. He is passionate about the discipline and highly dedicated and effective in these organizations.”
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