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BME’s Tammy Haut Donahue Elected to AIMBE College of Fellows

Tammy Haut Donahue

Tammy Haut Donahue

Research Professor Tammy Haut Donahue of the UMass Amherst Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows, comprised of more than 2,000 individuals who have made significant contributions to the medical and biological engineering community in academia, industry, government, and education that have transformed the world. As AIMBE wrote to Haut Donahue, “You have been peer-nominated, peer-reviewed, and peer-elected into this prestigious group.”

AIMBE is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., and representing, as the organization said, “the most accomplished individuals in the fields of medical and biological engineering.”

According to Haut Donahue’s AIMBE election letter, “Your election to the College of Fellows is more than just another accolade. Being part of the AIMBE College of Fellows enables intimate networking and public policy engagement among trailblazers at the pinnacle of their careers. As a leader in the field, AIMBE provides opportunities for you to give back to the community that has shaped your transformative career.”

AIMBE also wrote to Haut Donahue that “You will become a Fellow of an elite group of prestigious medical and biological engineers that includes Nobel laureates, Presidential Medal winners, and members of the National Academies.”

Haut Donahue’s research work is in the area of analytical and experimental biomechanics, with a focus on the musculoskeletal system. As a principal investigator, Haut Donahue has been awarded approximately $14 million in research funding, including $1.4 million in current support.

Haut Donahue is the head of the BME’s Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory, which, as she explained, “integrates biology and engineering, leading to a better understanding of the mechanical behavior and cellular responses of biological tissues; namely the knee joint meniscus. Research in the laboratory aims to find ways of preventing the onset of diseases, such as osteoarthritis, a painful and debilitating disease caused by bone-on-bone wear on the knee joint surface. A multiscale approach utilizing experimental techniques is employed.”

Haut Donahue earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, and her M.S. (Mechanical Engineering) and Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering) from the University of California, Davis.

As AIMBE’s website has described the organization: “AIMBE is a non-profit, honorific society of the most accomplished individuals in the fields of medical and biological engineering. AIMBE's mission is to advocate for biomedical engineering innovation through public policy initiatives. No other organization brings together academia, industry, government, and scientific societies into a highly influential community in medical and biological engineering.” (April 2020)