Ye honored as Biomedical Engineering Society fellow

The chair of Watson School's biomedical engineering department won recognition at the BMES conference in October

Kaiming Ye, chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Image Credit: Jonathan Cohen.
Kaiming Ye, chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.
Kaiming Ye, chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Photography: Jonathan Cohen.

Kaiming Ye, professor and department chair for biomedical engineering at Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, was named a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society in August.

In October, Ye was voted the chair-elect of the BMES’s Council of Chairs (CoC), effective Jan. 1, 2020. The CoC includes all biomedical engineering department heads, chairs and program directors from throughout the U.S.

Being named a fellow is a level of professional distinction conferred by the BMES board of directors to a society member. It means that the honoree has demonstrated exceptional achievements and made significant contributions within the biomedical engineering field, as well as providing extensive leadership within the field and the society. Only 14 fellows were selected this year; BMES has 278 fellows in total.

“The BMES designation of fellow is an honor given to the most accomplished leaders in the BME field,” said K. Jane Grande-Allen, the Isabel C. Cameron Professor and chair of Rice University’s Department of Bioengineering, who leads the BMES Fellows selection committee.

“Fellows have not only reached a pinnacle in their career, but have also demonstrated their commitment to strengthening the society and the field of biomedical engineering as a whole.”

Ye and other members of the 2019 BMES Class of Fellows will be honored at the BMES annual meeting from Oct. 16-19 in Philadelphia.

“Being named a BMES fellow is a quite an honor to me, and a milestone in my academic career,” Ye said. “This also is a recognition for Binghamton University and the groundbreaking biomedical engineering research we do here every day.”

Watson School Dean Krishnaswami (Hari) Srihari agreed that recognition as a BMES fellow is “a milestone achievement” for Ye.

“This is wonderful news,” Srihari said. “It is an excellent tribute to Professor Kaiming Ye’s accomplishments as a world-renowned academician in biomedical engineering.”

In addition to serving as a professor and the Watson School’s BME chair, Ye also is the director of Binghamton’s Center of Biomanufacturing for Regenerative Medicine. He is fellow of AIMBE and senior member of IEEE.

His scholarly contributions to the biomedical engineering field include his leadership role in promoting and growing the field of the advanced biomanufacturing. He is well-known for his work in bioprinting and tissue biofabrication, in particular the biofabrication of human pancreatic islets from stem cells. He has invented fluorescent nanosensors for continuous glucose monitoring for type-1 diabetic patients, and he invented recombinant yeast-based influenza vaccines.

His current work includes the development of cancer immune therapeutic vaccines. His research has been continuously supported by National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, JDRF and industry partners.

Ye has chaired and co-chaired a number of international conferences, and he has delivered keynote speeches at many international and national conferences. He serves as editor-in-chief, executive editor, associate editor and member of editorial boards for 13 journals.