The Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University is committed to the diversity, equity, and inclusion of all persons in our community regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, disability, and country of origin.
Biomedical Engineering, as a discipline, strives to acquire knowledge and find solutions that are capable of positive change in the lives of people. Understanding and inclusion of diversity in ethnicity, race, gender, culture, thought and ability are necessary to find solutions that will allow us to act as agents of change and impact all of humanity. Creating an educational environment that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion will allow us a department to achieve our goals of educating the next generation of biomedical engineers from all backgrounds and with a broad set of personal experiences, values and global views, seek knowledge, and find innovative solutions that impact the health and well-being of all of humanity.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering was formed in 2003. Currently it enrolls 411 students (345 undergraduate and 66 graduate). Of these 57.3% are Hispanic/Latino, 16.5% are non-resident alien, 8.7% are White, 8.5% are Black/African-American, 5.5% are Asian and 3.4% are of two or more ethnicities. 40.8% are female (42.4% undergraduate, 40.4% graduate). 13.6% of the undergraduate students are the first generation to go to college, and 43.8% have financial need that makes them eligible for Pell grants.
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Women in BME
BME Diversity Advocacy Committee
College-Wide Student Societies Promoting Diversity
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), with more than 35,700 members, is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the country. Founded in 1975, NSBE now includes more than 450 College, Pre-College, and Technical Professional/Alumni chapters in the United States and abroad. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”
The student chapter at Florida International University is dedicated to fulfill our founding fathers’ dreams to promote and encourage Hispanic participation in engineering and science. Since 1982, SHPE-FIU has been committed to thedevelopment and implementation of programs aimed at successfully recruiting and retaining Hispanic students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.
FIU Office to Advance Women, Equity, and Diversity
AWED aims to achieve and sustain faculty equity and diversity as an essential element of FIU’s academic excellence. AWED develops and manages a wide range of programs to promote faculty equity, diversity and inclusion, including workshops and trainings to improve faculty hiring and promotion processes, faculty mentoring, and interdisciplinary networking. Click here to learn more.
AIMBE Diversity and Advocacy
Biomedical Engineering workforce diversity, capitalizing on the full spectrum of skills, talents, and viewpoints, is essential for solving complex human health challenges. The participation of underrepresented individuals in engineering and medicine is a critical issue affecting our nation’s health and the future of research. The urgent national challenge to diversify the scientific workforce calls for research universities, academic medical centers, and national stakeholders to take action. Click here to learn more.