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Biomedical Engineering Advisory Council
Celebrating 50 years of biomedical engineering at Texas A&M University, the biomedical engineering external advisory board created the Biomedical Engineering Advisory Council 50th Anniversary Endowed Scholarship to support Aggie biomedical engineering students. | Image: Courtesy of Maria Lyons

In 1972, Texas A&M University launched the first bioengineering program in the state. Fifty years later, the program has grown and evolved into the Department of Biomedical Engineering. To mark this anniversary, in alignment with the 50 for 50 Scholarship Campaign, the department’s external advisory board announced the establishment of an endowed scholarship in the department to support future Aggie biomedical engineers.

“The incredible values and traditions and the quality of our incredible biomedical engineering faculty and students make it an easy decision to establish this gift,” said advisory board chair, Jacqueline Havelka ’87.

The biomedical engineering external advisory board, composed of former students and professionals from industry and academia who share the Aggie core values, understands the exceptional characteristics that distinguish the Department of Biomedical Engineering as an example of excellence. As part of a campus rich in tradition, the council wanted to “pass it back” through the Biomedical Engineering Advisory Council 50th Anniversary Endowed Scholarship.

Department head and James J. Cain Professor II Dr. Mike McShane updates the board regularly to bring awareness of activities within the department and the need for continuous support. The board works closely with the department to create curriculum-enriching student experiences, such as internships and shadowing programs. Members provide knowledge and experience to aid the department in fulfilling their objective to develop high-quality graduates who will make significant contributions in the biomedical industries, medicine and other sectors.

“The ability to give back resonates with everyone, regardless of whether they had an experience at Texas A&M or another university,” said Havelka. “All of us can see the incredible quality of education our biomedical engineering students receive and we are glad to be a small part of that education.”

Driven by selfless service, the board is excited to create a lasting impact within the department. The board’s vision is to ensure that biomedical engineering students are supported throughout their time at Texas A&M and prepared to reach their highest aspirations. Their generosity and continued support will allow biomedical engineering students to wholeheartedly pursue their education and become leaders in their field.

How To Give

Endowments supporting students in the college have an immeasurable impact on their education. If you are interested in supporting the College of Engineering and its departments or would like more information on how you can give, please contact one of our development officers.