Chesler Recognized for Professional Impact in Mentoring

Naomi Chesler is given Professional Impact Award for mentoring from the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

April 2, 2021 - Naomi Chesler, Samueli School professor of biomedical engineering, received a Professional Impact Award from the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) at its virtual Annual Event on March 26, 2021.

Chesler was one of six AIMBE Fellows to be recognized with Professional Impact Awards, which are given in four categories: mentoring, diversity, leadership and education. Chesler received the mentoring award and was acknowledged for “national leadership in mentoring of women faculty in engineering.”  Since arriving at UC Irvine in July 2020, she has initiated a peer faculty mentoring group for women faculty in biomedical engineering.

Chesler is the director of UCI’s Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology where she works to improve cardiovascular health through the integration of mechanical engineering, vascular biology and imaging tools, and to educate the next generation of leaders in cardiovascular engineering and science. Her published, NSF-funded education research promotes mentoring and curricular change strategies for improving recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented minorities in engineering. In addition to her cardiovascular and engineering education research, she is well known in the biomedical engineering community as an activist for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.

”I’m honored to be recognized for my work to promote the careers of women faculty in biomedical engineering,” said Chesler. “We know that diversity drives innovation. Recruiting and retaining women faculty of all races and ethnicities in our discipline is critical to finding solutions to the health and health care challenges facing our country.”

The AIMBE is an honorific society of the top medical and biological engineers responsible for medical discovery and innovation.

– Lori Brandt