Biomedical Engineering: A Platform for STEM Outreach

Our mission is to facilitate partnerships, communication, and cooperation, and to proactively seek and effectively develop biomedical engineering talent from all groups in our society, especially the underrepresented populations.


 Thank you to the following organizations that are sponsoring teacher participation:


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 Interactive Event Map (Venue, Hotel, Parking)

Venue Layout

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National Science Foundation INCLUDES Initiative

Keynote Speakers

March 9th:

  • Andrea Johnson, J.D. – “Intergenerational Interdisciplinary Collaboration Using Technology”
  • Jill L. McNitt-Gray, Ph.D. – “Sports Biomechanics as a Model System for K-12 STEAM Outreach”

March 10th:

  • Frank Douglas, M.D., Ph.D. – “Lessons learned along the path from Guyana to CEO in the Pharmaceutical Industry”

“The power of possibilities can only be realized if
we embrace the best of each other.” Andrea L. Johnson, J.D., Executive Director



“A key determinant of a successful school is a culture that promotes safe and effective learning. Strong, vibrant markswaimfox-facing-historyclassroom and school cultures make an enormous difference in students’ well-being and academic performance. A Facing History classroom is in many ways a microcosm of a strong democracy—a place where explicit rules and implicit norms protect everyone’s right to speak; where multiple perspectives can be heard and discussed; where members take responsibility for themselves, each other, and the group as a whole; and where each member has a stake and a voice in collective decisions.” Mark Swaim-Fox, Executive Director, Cleveland Region, Facing History


“Workforce diversity and inclusion is imperative for optimizing the strength of the NIH research enterprise. Indeed, diversity is now well understood to be fundamental to innovation. Inclusion of creativity and talent from all sectors of our society is essential to realize the full potential that our Nation has to offer.”  Roderic Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., Director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

“I am excited for the diversity conference. It will be a great experience for underrepresented students to gain a better understanding of the different careers they can have. The University of Akron hosting this conference is setting them apart from other schools and it makes me proud to be a Zip!”  AlRitia Gore, President of UA’s NSBE Chapter