2020 Annual Conference



March 19-21, 2020
University of Georgia Conference Center
Athens, Georgia

25 YEARS: 1995-2020


Come for the Content. Stay for the Networking.

The IBE Annual Conference is a gathering of the world’s leading researchers and educators in biological engineering, who share a passion for building a better future.

The intimate setting and diverse makeup of the conference are catalysts for multidisciplinary interactions with attendees who actively participate in shaping the biological engineering profession. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to attend. The conference is an excellent opportunity to develop professional skills and network with peers and professionals in the industry through activities such as poster sessions, the bioethics essay competition and social activities.

IBE was established in 1995 to form a nexus of engineers and scientists in industry and academia to promote a new discipline of engineering focused on the remarkable features of living systems. IBE is bringing Engineering to Life through Biology-Inspired Engineering.

Hotel Rooms

A group rate has been established for IBE at the University of Georgia Center. Click here to register. The group code is 92229. The rate is $164 per night plus tax. Reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-884-1381 or 706-542-2134


Keynote Speakers

Friday, March 20, 2020: The Interdisciplinarity of Innovation
Dr. Karen Burg, Harbor Lights Chair in Biomedical Research and Professor of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia

Dr. Karen Burg (BS, Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University; MS, PhD, Bioengineering, Clemson University; Postdoctorate Tissue Engineering, Carolinas Medical Center) is the Harbor Lights Chair in Biomedical Research and Professor of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia (UGA). She has given over 200 invited presentations, authored over 200 publications, and edited three books detailing biomaterials and engineered tissues. Karen was selected by the Department of State to serve as a member of the US delegation to the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India, and alumni GES ambassador to the 2019 Summit in the Netherlands. She currently serves as the United States delegate to the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering and she is a member of the National Academy of Inventors Board of Directors. Technologies from her team's research serve as the basis for a cancer diagnostics spin-off company which has garnered multiple economic development awards for impact in facilitating personalized cancer therapies through 3D cellular systems. Honors to Karen include the inaugural Swiss AO Research Prize, recognition as an MIT TR Young Innovator, an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, a National Academy of Inventors Fellow, an International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering Fellow, and an American Association for the Advancement of Science-Lemelson Invention Ambassador.



Saturday, March 21, 2020: Designing Bioengineering Tools to Understand Small-Scale Biological Interactions and Address Healthcare Needs
Dr. Delphine Dean, Ron and Jane Lindsay Family Innovation Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University

Dr. Delphine Dean earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is currently the Ron and Jane Lindsay Family Innovation Professor of Bioengineering at Clemson University. Her lab leads a wide range of studies focused on understanding mechanics and interactions of biological systems across length scales. Her expertise is in nano- to micro-scale characterization of biological tissues including experimental techniques such as atomic force microscopy and mathematical modeling such as finite element analysis. In addition to the basic science work in the lab, Dr. Dean works on several applied translational design projects primarily aimed at enabling healthcare in low-resource areas. In 2014, she co-founded Accessible Diagnostics LLC, a company working to develop new mobile device enabled at home health monitoring technologies. She is the recipient of the 2011 Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry for her work in mentoring undergraduates at Clemson, where she currently mentors over 50 undergraduate students in creative inquiry research and design teams. These student teams work on a variety of projects from understanding the effect of ionizing radiation on tissue to developing medical technology for the developing world.