The IMechE has launched a new association for engineers working in one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors.
Worth some £16bn annually, biomedical engineering, which covers the intersection between engineering and the human body, includes many engineering disciplines, ranging from electronic applications to mechanical, software or materials engineering.
“It is hugely exciting that the Institution is going to be able to provide a home for engineers working in this increasingly valuable sector,” said Stephen Tetlow, chief executive of the IMechE.
“This new Association will represent biomedical engineers from academia, industry, the NHS and government, and will work together with other engineering bodies to advance UK biomedical engineering.”
Until now, there has been no professional development path or professional organisation recognising the unique position of biomedical engineering.
“Biomedical engineering is a subject with a huge scope – from pacemakers and surgery robots through to sports technology and equipment to help elderly people live independent lives,” said Patrick Finlay, the newly-appointed chairman of the newly-formed Biomedical Engineering Association at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
According to estimates, 70,000 people are currently working in biomedical engineering in the UK with additional 1,200 students graduating every year from universities across the country.