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Reid Bush is Among Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

Reid Bush talking to two students.

Tamara Reid Bush of Michigan State University has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), joining the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers in the country recognized for their contributions in teaching, research, and innovation.

Headshot of Tammy Reid Bush she has shoulder length blond hair and is wearing a red floral shirt and a pearl necklace.

2018, Michigan State University, College of Engineering, Tammy  Reid Bush
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Reid Bush is the interim chairperson and an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She was named an AIMBE Fellow for her success in translating fundamental tissue biomechanics to applications in rehabilitation engineering. The honor also recognizes her continuous support of women in STEM.

She will be inducted as a Fellow during AIMBE’s 2021 Annual Event on March 26.

“I am extremely honored to be named a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Becoming an AIMBE Fellow opens up many new opportunities, not only for research collaboration, but also for influencing government policy and work related to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Engineering Dean Leo Kempel said the College of Engineering is proud of Reid Bush’s accomplishments.

“Personal recognition, such as election to a highly selective professional Fellows program in your professional society, is one of the distinguishing features of a high impact faculty member. Her professional integrity and esteem of her peers is an inspiration for all Spartan Engineers,” he added.

Reid Bush becomes the fifth person at MSU to be named an AIMBE Fellow. Others include Wielenga Creative Engineering Endowed Professor Michele Grimm, University Distinguished Professors Christina Chan and Bruce Dale, and Provost Teresa Woodruff.

Reid Bush has been enhancing the College of Engineering’s biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering program since joining the faculty in 2009. She was awarded an NSF grant for her work in the area of tissue biomechanics and is Co-PI on an NIH funded project related to rehabilitation.

In addition to her biomechanics research, she was a co-principal investigator on the NSF ADVANCE grant that among other changes at MSU, established the position of Faculty Excellence Advocate and fostered diversity, equity and inclusion at MSU.

In 2018, she was awarded the “Inspirational Woman of the Year” honor by the MSU Center for Gender in the Global Context. Most recently, she received a 2020 Founders Award from the American Society of Biomechanics in recognition of her significant research contributions in the area of biomechanics.

Reid Bush smiling looking at a child.

The AIMBE’s Fellow honor also recognizes Tamara Reid Bush’s continuous advocacy of women in STEM.

She was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2017.

Reid Bush is the founding director of the Michigan State University Biomechanical Design Research Laboratory, where she and her students apply engineering techniques and principles to the human body.

Specifically, they study soft tissue mechanics related to pressure injuries, which are common in wheelchair users, as well as osteoarthritis of the hand.

Her broader research interests include biomedical, mechanics of seating, hand function, device design, pressure injuries, and soft tissue responses to loading.

She has mentored more than 50 students. Her active mentorship of women in engineering provides additional confirmation of her leadership skills.

She is the past treasurer for the American Society of Biomechanics Executive Board and is an associate editor for the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. She is also the past chair of ASME’s Design, Dynamics and Rehabilitation Technical Committee. Reid Bush is also a two-time winner of the Withrow Teaching Excellence Award from MSU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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• Named ASME Fellow.

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Patricia Mroczek via College of Engineering

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