The vision of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is to serve as the world's leading society of professionals devoted to developing and using engineering and technology to advance human health and well-being.



The mission of the BMES is to build and support the biomedical engineering community, locally, nationally and internationally, with activities designed to communicate recent advances, discoveries, and inventions; promote education and professional development; and integrate the perspectives of the academic, medical, governmental, and business sectors.






A Glimpse of Pitt BMES

Volunteering for Scitech at the Carnegie Science Center

Dinner with Professors feat. Dr. Stuckenholz

The 2017 board at the BMES Annual Meeting in Phoenix

Volunteering with Dr. Kolarcik at the Walk to Defeat ALS

Some of the players on our BMES IM soccer team that made it to the second round of playoffs last fall

Our expert panel at the Pitt Med School Tour

Smashing things at Break Room for our stress-relieving social event

Our Spooky GBM on Halloween included a scavenger hunt around Benedum

Eric grilling up some burgers for the end-of-year BioE cookout

Minute to Win It games for our first Mentorship event

Design in a Box with Dr. Davidson, Dr. Mahboobin, and Dr. Loughlin

Upcoming Events

See our calendar for all upcoming events!

Note to BMESers: While the majority of our events are considered walk-in and do not require registration, the golden events are limited to those who sign up on a first come first serve basis. 


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Welcome to Pitt Biomedical Engineering Society! 


Take a look around our website and keep up to date with our events by following our social media outlets at the top of the page. We hope our students are studying hard this fall semester. Check out our calendar to see all the fun events we have planned!


   — Jake Meadows and Kenzie Sicke, Webmasters

The Officers

Tyler Bray

Tyler is a senior Bioengineering student on the Medical Product Engineering track. He has done research with 3D printed prosthetics through UPMC and also with stroke rehabilitation devices while in Israel. He has studied abroad in Singapore and co-oped at Philips Respironics. Tyler enjoys traveling, watching football, and being outdoors.

Hannah Geisler

Vice President

Hannah is a senior bioengineering student pursuing the cellular engineering track. She performed research in a regenerative medicine lab for 2 years and recently transitioned into a cancer lab. She also has co-oped as a Human Factors engineer at ZOLL LifeVest. Hannah is a hardcore foodie who loves cooking, gardening, and also music. During her adult life, she hopes to try her hand at baking fancy breads.

Max Lohss
Business Manager

Max is a 5th year senior coming back from designing heart monitoring equipment in California. He enjoys volunteering as a ski patroller and is currently applying to medical school. As a self-proclaimed granola bar, Max brews his own kombucha and enjoys biking around Oakland.

Kate Rohde


Kate is a senior Bioengineering student pursuing a concentration in Cellular Engineering. She currently does research in the Systems Neuroscience Center under Dr. Kolarcik focusing on the neural circuitry of ALS. After graduation, Kate hopes to pursue a career in modernizing public health and health care policy. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going on hikes, and bandwagon-ing onto the nearest available sports team. Go Pens!

Marlo Garrison

Mentorship Chair

Marlo is a senior on the cellular engineering track going into biotech industry after graduation. She has worked as an R&D intern at Orasure Technologies, as an Operational Excellence intern at Cook Myosite, and as a Chemical/Bioengineering intern at Illumina. She loves to travel, hike, and cook. As the mentorship chair, she loves talking to students, so feel free to reach out!

Jake Meadows
PR Chair

Jake is a senior Bioengineering student minoring in chemistry and concentrating in medical product engineering. He just finished co-op at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories as a design engineer. He enjoys photography, puns, and technology.

Claire Tushak

Development Chair

Claire is a junior on the MPE track, and hopes to work in industry after graduation. She does research at the Human Movement and Balance Lab as well as tutors at the MAC, and is excited to begin a co-op at MSA in the spring. She likes to cook, listen to music, watch movies, and explore Pittsburgh. She's looking forward to a great year!

Dani Krahe

Social Chair

Dani is a junior on the cellular track. She's done research studying the biomechanics of glaucoma and vascular stent alternatives in Dr. Vande Geest’s lab and inflammation caused by implanted neural electrodes in Dr. Cui’s lab. She loves playing volleyball and just being social in general! When she graduates she's taking a gap year before med school to become a paramedic and is hoping to eventually end up in pediatric emergency medicine or trauma surgery. She's super excited to plan some fun social events and loves hearing new ideas!

Robert Kwiat

Outreach Chair


Robert is a junior bioengineering student studying on the Cellular Engineering track and minoring in chemistry. He is currently researching thymus transplantations at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He also volunteers at UPMC Presbyterian in the ER and OR, and he teaches elementary and middle school students STEAM focused lessons. Robert enjoys piano, running, lifting, movies, and musicals. After graduation, Robert plans to attend medical school.

Kenzie Sicke

Publicity Chair

Kenzie is a senior on the Cellullar Engineering track. She researches under Dr. Bryan Brown on polypropylene mesh implants, runs training sessions in the BioE makerspace, and loves to teach. After graduation she plans to work or do a Masters abroad before attending med school. Her favorite things to do are play IM soccer, make Spotify playlists, and explore parks and coffee shops.

Noah Ziemba

Sophomore Representative

Noah is a sophomore bioengineer student concentrating in Bioimaging and Signals with a minor in neuroscience. He has done research on traumatic brain injury and neurogenesis. After graduation he plans to attend medical school and go into neurlogy. He loves playing soccer (with BMES' legendary intramural team), hiking, and listening to music.


Freshman Representative

Our Freshman Representative will be voted on later this fall!



Whether you're having issues with this website, want to make a suggestion, or want to contact us directly about Undergraduate Pitt BMES and our goals for this academic year, shoot us an email


The board will be more than willing to assist you!


You can also use the blog page to gain further insight on bioengineering and to interact with BMES as a whole.







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Eric grilling up some burgers for the end-of-year BioE cookout