About The AAMI Foundation Scholarship Program

The AAMI Foundation Scholarship Program was created in 2009 in honor of AAMI past president Michael J. Miller to provide financial support to students who are pursuing an education in healthcare technology. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the AAMI Foundation awarded 7 scholarships.

Healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals are vital members of any world-class healthcare delivery team. Biomedical equipment technicians and clinical engineers play a vital role in healthcare by working to ensure that medical devices and related systems are safe and reliable—and always ready for use in life-saving situations. (For more information on the HTM profession see click here)

Every year, the AAMI Foundation awards scholarships to students aspiring to become biomedical equipment technicians, clinical engineers, and health systems engineers. These scholarships expand access to students who have demonstrated academic excellence, technical aptitude, and a commitment to healthcare technology and patient safety.

Please consider making a contribution to support our Scholarship Program

By supporting this program, you are helping more students enter the healthcare technology field. At a time of when technology is changing rapidly and the workforce is aging, this scholarship program is vitally important to ensure that healthcare technology continues to be both safe and effective in the future.

Your donation is tax-deductible under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. IRS Tax Code.

Scholarship FAQs

Application Check List
  1. Short essay, 500-700 words (see application check list step 2)
  2. Most recent transcript (see application check list step 3)
  3. Two letters of recommendation from professional contacts (see application check list step 3)
  4. Use the online application forms as shown above.

Admission to an educational program can be pending at the time of application for the scholarship. To be considered for the AAMI Scholarship, applicants must submit all materials noted above to the AAMI Foundation by January 18, 2019. The HSEA Scholarship deadline is January 18, 2019.

AAMI Foundation
Attn: MaryJane Thomas
4301 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 301
Arlington, VA 22203

Important Notes for Scholarship Applicants
  • Scholarship recipients will be asked to provide proof of course registration before the check is granted.
  • Recipients will be selected by the AAMI Awards Committee, whose decisions are final. Deliberations of the AAMI Awards committee are confidential.
  • Scholarship recipients will be notified in writing, by June 1, or earlier.
  • Scholarship recipients will be announced in AAMI publications, on AAMI’s website, and are invited to the AAMI Exchange.
  • If the scholarship recipient drops out of college, is removed from college, or moves out of the program, the award recipient is required to return the award funding to the AAMI Foundation.
  • Applicants are eligible to apply and receive a scholarship in successive years.
  • The AAMI scholarship is awarded without regard to race, color, ancestry, sex, religion, age, handicap, or veteran status.

2018 Scholarship Winners

  • Montana Rae Delk, who is studying healthcare engineering technology management at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis in Indiana.
  • Benjamin Hebel, who is studying biomedical engineering technology at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.
  • Alexis Henry, who is earning a master’s degree in biomedical/clinical engineer at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.
  • Bradley Klauss, who is studying biomedical equipment technology at Penn State University.
  • Christopher Moreau, who is earning a master’s degree in engineering/healthcare engineering at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.
  • Baily Williams, who is studying biomedical electronics at Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI.

In 2017, the AAMI Foundation established an annual scholarship in partnership with the Health Systems Engineering Alliance to help support the adoption of a systems approach to healthcare technology. The recipient of this year’s scholarship is:

  • Kahkashan Afrin, who is studying industrial and systems engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

Spotlight on Victor Makwinja, 2016 Scholarship Recipient

What is your current occupation?

I am currently working as a technical director for Likana Healthcare Technology Consulting in Malawi. This is a firm I founded to respond to the need of well-trained Biomedical Equipment Technologist in my country. I have helped and continue to repair and maintain equipment for hospitals in my country.

Did the AAMI Foundation Scholarship help you in your education? If so, how?

The scholarship helped a lot as that was the only money that I used to pay for my tuition at the University of Cape Town. Again, the scholarship had offered me an opportunity to attend AAMI annual conference in Tampa Florida.

Aside from the scholarship funds, did getting the scholarship award have any additional meaning to you?

The fact that I was the first non-USA citizen to be given that scholarship will remain the source of joy and pride the rest of my life.

Would you urge students to consider a career in healthcare technology management? If so, why?

I have already done so to my nephew to do Biomedical Engineering. And he is doing that course at the university and so far so good. I will continue to encourage others to take a step into HTM.

If you are employed in healthcare technology management (HTM), what fires you up your career? Why do you like about the career?

Its one way I can contribute to the improvement of health service delivery by ensuring that technology is being used cost-effectively and safely.

Is there a moment in your career when you said to yourself “wow, I’m glad I picked HTM?” What was that moment?

Oooh yeah! That was when I was approached by a nurse from one of the district hospitals in my country, to assist in repairing infant warmers, incubators and oxygen concentrators belonging to the maternity ward. These pieces of equipment had been nonfictional for over five years. I finally got most of them back to working status. And the few are just waiting for spares which when I get them I will finish the repair work. I did this work free of any charge. What motivated me was the fact that these pieces of equipment are now helping infants who would have otherwise been lost due to lack of equipment to help with conditions.

Is there anything else you want to add?

One of the challenge facing the field of HTM like in my case is lack of tools that I can use to service the various equipment that are available. Tools used to calibrate various equipment in order to meet the manufacturer requirements are not available. And if it were possible to get donations of such it would help a great deal to do my work.

Spotlight on our 2018 Scholarship Recipient Alexis Henry

Alexis Henry, 2018 Recipient, Clinical Engineer at Massachusetts General Hospital

Did the AAMI Foundation Scholarship help you in your education?

I received the AAMI scholarship the second year of my Master’s Program at the University of Connecticut.  The scholarship definitely helped me financially- living on a stipend isn’t always easy, especially as I was planning to relocate to Boston for my first job.  It really helped me to become settled in Boston prior to starting my career.

Aside from the scholarship funds, did getting the scholarship award have any additional meaning to you?

The scholarship motivated me.  I knew I wanted to stay in the HTM field.  I was honored to be awarded the scholarship amongst a very talented group of people.

Would you urge students to consider a career in healthcare technology management?

Yes.  I love being in HTM management because it is very rewarding.  I am able to see how my work improves patient safety and healthcare.  Additionally, it is always evolving and improving.  I am able to work with state-of-the-art equipment, as well as ancient equipment, and it is so cool to use my biomedical engineering skills to make both as effective as possible.

Is there a moment in your career when you said to yourself “wow, I’m glad I picked HTM?” What was that moment?

Honestly, every day!  There is always a project or goal at hand and working with so many people from different areas with the same goal makes me enjoy going to work every day.

Scholarship Donors

  • AAMIF Scholarship Benefactors – $10,000 or more
  • Becton Dickinson & Co.
    Crothall Healthcare
    Healthmark Industries Company Inc.
    Japanese Society of Medical Instrumentation
    Medtronic Inc.
    Sodexo Clinical Technology Management
    UL LLC
  • AAMIF Scholarship Sponsors – $5,000-$9,999
  • Trabue D. Bryans, BryKor LLC
    Phoenix Data Systems, Inc.
    Replacement Parts Industries, Inc.
  • AAMIF Patrons – $2,500 – $4,999
  • Pat Baird, MBA, Philips
    Eurofins Medical Device Testing
    Medical Specialties Distributors LLC
    Marcy Petrini, PhD, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • AAMIF Champions – $1,000 – $2,499
  • Delcor Technology Solutions Inc.
    DESCO – Diagnostic Equipment Service Corporation
    Donald Armstrong, CBET, CHTM
    CEAVCO Audio Visual
    Alan Gresch, Accruent LLC
    Eamonn V. Hoxey, PhD, E V Hoxey Ltd
    Innovative Sterilization Technologies, LLC
    Integrity Biomedical Services
    Kailash S. Purohit, PhD, Process Tek
    Pacific Medical LLC
    Sue Schade, MBA, StarBridge Advisors
    Virginia Biomedical Association
  • AAMIF Advocates – $500 – $999
  • Ampronix Medical Imaging Technology
    David Braeutigam, MBA, CBET, CHTM
    Design Science
    Richard Eliason, CBET, Crothall Healthcare
    Georgia Biomedical Instrumentation Society
    HIGHPOWER Validation Testing & Lab Services Inc.
    Annette Hillring, Hillring & Associates
    Wayne Jenkins, CBET, Carroll Hospital Center
    Christine Krenc, KTA Compliance Consulting
    KTA Compliance
    Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Kenneth Maddock, Aramark Healthcare Technologies
    Medical Systems Technologies, LLC
    Malcolm Ridgway, CCE
    Vickie Snyder, Booz Allen Hamilton
    Steve Yelton, PE, CHTM, Cincinnati State Technical Community College
  • AAMIF Friends – $100 – $499
  • John R. Armstrong, CBET-E, VA Central; Iowa Healthcare System
    Angela Baltz, CBET, Oregon Health and Science University
    Emanuel Furst, Improvement Technologies, LLC
    W. Kirk Goebel, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Diego Gomez-Morales, CBET, US Army Medical Materiel Agency
    Stephen M. Kovach, Healthmark Industries Co.
    Ed Kimmelman, BME JD, Kimmelman Consultancy
    Hector Montes, Biomedica De Baja California
    Gerry A. O’Dell, MS, Gerry O’Dell Consulting
    Daniel Rubery, NxStage Medical Inc.
    Curtis Sponberg, Medtronic Rice Creek Campus
    David Stiles, CBET, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
    Robert B. Strother, Jr., NDI Medical LLC
    Laurence Tanner, Capital Area Health Consortium
    Donald G. Tucker, Jr., MBA, CBET, Crothall Healthcare
    Daniel Vukelich, Association of Medical Device Reprocessors
    Timothy D. Williams, CBET, Baycare Health Systems
  • AAMIF Boosters – $25-$99
  • Paul Anger
    Scott N. Barton, MBA, BSID, Regeneron Pharmceuticals Inc.
    Lauruby Benz
    Loren Bernard
    Miriam Colon, Center for Drug Evaluation
    Ismael T. Cordero, Gardian Health Systems
    Dynamic Healthcare Innovations
    Janna Harris, CRST, Houston Hospital Services Inc.
    James A. Flanders, US Army
    Bhaskar Iduri, MS, Renovo Solutions LLC
    Nazrul Islam, Hansen Medical Inc.
    Michael Wayne Jackson, Jr., Children’s Health
    Debra S. Lukan, CBET, Cheshire Medical Center
    Beth Ann Mayfield, Monongalia General Hospital
    Juan A. Melendez, Florida Hospital
    Abey Mekonnen
    Michele L. Moore, CBET, GBMC
    Sudhakar Nagavalli, MS, SunagMED LLC
    Brian Newton, Parametrik LLC
    Mark Plough, CBET, Texas State Technical College
    Renee-Candace Privette, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center
    Allace Sander
    Louis Schonder, Jr., CBET, Philadelphia Area Medical Instrumentation Association
    Thapelo Sebikiri, Lenmed Health Bokamoso Private Hospital
    Steven M. Simon, CBET, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    Chi Wah Tai, CHTM, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital
    Jose Zambrano, Kaiser Permanente

Sponsorship Levels

Interested individuals may make a gift of any amount. Corporate sponsorship levels begin at annual contributions of $5,000 or more.

Individual Giving:

  • AAMIF Booster ($25-$99)
  • AAMIF Friend ($100-$499)
  • AAMI Advocate ($500-$999)
  • AAMIF Champion ($1,000-$2,499)
  • AAMIF Patron ($2,500-$4,999)

Corporate Sponsorship

  • AAMIF Scholarship Sponsor ($5,000-$9,999)
  • AAMIF Scholarship Benefactor ($10,000 or more)