BMES 50th Anniversary Time Capsule Celebration


Welcome to this historical event – the closing
of a time capsule celebrating achievements of the field that is transforming patient
healthcare through technology and innovation. The field of biomedical engineering.
We are at Clemson University in the heart of the Rhodes Annex, which in itself was designed
for innovation in education and the foundation exemplifying bioengineering mindset and mission.
With this capsule, we are celebrating 50 years of the Biomedical Engineering Society.
It was founded in 1968. I was born in 1968. [Laughter]
In its 50th year, the Biomedical Engineering Society is recognized worldwide as the birthplace
and the home of the field of biomedical engineering, and Is the premier society for education,
research, and innovation for our field. Initially, the membership of the Biomedical
Engineering Society was 171 founding members with 89 chartered members.
Today, 50 years later, we have over 7,000 members, 7 industry chapters, three special
interest groups, three scientific journals, and 146 Student Chapters representing universities
from around the world. It is also the place where accreditation for
our field takes place. We’re gathered here today to reflect upon
the founders and the leaders, the events and the celebration through which Biomedical Engineering
Society has shaped our discipline over the last 50 years. This time capsule represents
50 years of biomedical device technology and innovation.
It will contain the artifacts that represent the current state-of-the-art in the biomedical
field. The time capsule has been donated by leading
biomedical device companies and the BMES. It has been an effort – a team effort – and
participants from the 2019 Biomedical Engineering Society Conference have met in Atlanta and
wrote notes to themselves to the future that will go in here, as well as photos from the
conference. The five sides of the capsule represent sponsors
– each donating between $200 and $1500 to support the project. They include individuals,
academic institutions, departments, companies, and foundations. And the proceeds will be
used by the Biomedical Engineering Society to support student activities in the future.
It will be opened in 2068: a 100 years of biomedical engineering society. We can only
imagine what they will think when they open this time capsule and reflect on the promise
and the vision that these devices represent, as well as the success and the progress that
our field has when it’s opened. As part of this time capsule ceremony, we’d
like to thank those that contributed to the planning and the organization of this amazing
project. They include BMES staff and leadership: Martine LaBerge, Lori Sutton, Doug Beizer,
Paul Fagette, and special guest with us here today, Jenn Novesky. As well as the builders
of this time capsule from our Machining and Technical Services division: Jeff, Nathan,
Sam, Dustin, Truman, Bill, Dock, Scott, Jacob, Josh, Charlie, and Tim. We had many student
assistants assist with the printing and organization of this project, including Maddie, Helen,
O’Connell, Joey, and Zach. And, our student leaders from our BMES chapter, who are Meredith,
Timmy, Nardine, Jesse, and Tiffany. [Music] I invite the students to come forward, take
a biomedical device that’s been donated for the time capsule, begin the wrapping,
and placement in the capsule. [Music] Great! So, this time capsule, once sealed,
will be shipped to Washington, D.C. and hopefully housed in one of their national museums – anticipation
of the National Museum of Health and Medicine – so please go visit it in your professional
career; say hello to it and remember what you put in it. Appreciate that! And, we look
as a society – we look with great anticipation of the successes and the innovations to come.
Thank you all for coming. [Applause]

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