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Guillermo Aguilar posing with a certificate in front of an American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering backdrop.
Dr. Guillermo Aguilar attended the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Annual Event held in Arlington, Virginia, on March 27. | Image: Courtesy of Dr. Guillermo Aguilar

Dr. Guillermo Aguilar is joining the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows, an organization comprised of members elected in recognition of outstanding contributions to engineering and medicine research, practice or education.

Aguilar and his peers in the latest class of fellows were formally inducted during the AIMBE Annual Event held in Arlington, Virginia, on March 27.

According to AIMBE, Aguilar was elected to the 2023 class “for outstanding reputation in research, development and education, providing exemplary stewardship as department chair and leadership in professional communities.”

“It is a great honor to be recognized by such a prestigious organization and to be counted among fellows who comprise the AIMBE,” said Aguilar, who serves as department head and James and Ada Forsyth Professor in the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University.

“For many years, I have been fortunate to work at the intersection of mechanical and biomedical engineering, helping understand the bioheat transfer processes in a diverse set of biological systems from cells to tissues and organs. Likewise, I have been fortunate to combine my passion for engineering education with academic leadership, which has enabled me to support the professional development of students and fellow engineers. I am very grateful to all my students, colleagues and close family members, who have not only helped me shape my vision but have also motivated me and entrusted me with their support to continue doing what I love."

Aguilar’s main areas of research include cryogenic spray cooling, laser-tissue interactions, biomedical optics and medical lasers. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery and a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Mexico.

Fellows of AIMBE represent 30 different countries and are employed throughout industry, academia and government. Several fellows hold additional distinctions, including three Nobel Prize laureates, 17 Presidential Medal of Science and/or Technology and Innovation recipients and more than 200 National Academy of Engineering members.