Parent Organization: University of Wisconsin - Madison

In order to meet the needs of its members, BMES provides opportunities for development in several major areas: academic, personal, professional, outreach and social.

General Meetings

To achieve the goal of professional development, BMES hosts bi-weekly lectures on a variety of topics by faculty, staff, graduate students, and representatives from industry. These topics include biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, biomechanics, medical imaging and biocomputing. Speakers have also discussed intellectual property, entrepreneurship and scientific and engineering consulting as well as genetics, microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology and professional development.

Industry & Medical School Trips

In an effort to increase members' exposure to opportunites after graduation, BMES plans both an industry trip and a medical school trip each semester. Industry trips are centered on tours of nearby engineering firms, specifically those that are directly related to medicine. Past trips include Biomet, GE Healthcare, 3M, Epic Systems and Medtronic. Medical school trips include tours of nearby medical schools as well as admission seminars at those schools. Past medical school trips include University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, Northwestern, University of Chicago, and Michigan State.

Social Events

BMES is an excellent social outlet, and a great way for students to get to know each other in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. BMES social events help students make the connections and friendships which help them succeed academically and professionally. Recurring social events include football tailgate parties, rock climbing outings, ski trips, ice skating, and the annual trip to a Milwaukee Brewers game.


BMES encourages a high level of participation in volunteer activities. The organization seeks to improve the Madison community by donating time to local community outreach programs. Outreach programs include Science Olympiad (mentoring middle school students), Special Olympics, and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Members also volunteer at a local food pantry. Additionally, over winter break BMES sends a group of 20-30 students to build homes with Habitat for Humanity.


CRUISE (Counseling and Resources for Undergraduates in Science and Engineering) is a program where upperclass BMES members become actively involved in mentoring underclassmen. CRUISE events include registration counseling, study nights, and career fair preparation workshops. The CRUISE program encourages underclassmen to succeed both as students and professionals.

Membership Requirements (for example: GPA requirements, membership fees)

Any person who is a registered student enrolled in an undergraduate college or gradate school curriculum in engineering, engineering technology, or pre-medicine, who is also a student member of BMES is eligible for membership in the student chapter. All members of the student chapter are subject to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Additionally, any general member must pay a $35 membership fee to be considered a paid member.

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John Puccinelli

Address 3107 Engineering Centers Building
1550 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706
United States
Phone Number P:(608) 262-7807
Fax Number F:(608) 265-9239