Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community in Duke BME

Duke University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering is committed to being a diverse community of people with ideas and approaches that make a difference locally, nationally and globally. 

BME faculty, students and staff during the annual PhD retreat


The Biomedical Engineering Department’s DEI Mission is to include and engage the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community partners in the department’s research, service and educational programs.

Building an environment where all individuals are included, supported, and feel valued will ensure that the Duke BME community is composed of a broad spectrum of identities through recruitment, retention, and ongoing professional development. By purposefully integrating diversity, inclusion and justice into our research, outreach programs and teaching curriculum, we can ensure that we create a more equitable department and community.

These efforts are supported by the Pratt School of Engineering DEIC Committee. Duke Engineering is proud to be part of the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Deans Diversity Initiative. We have earned the Bronze Award from the ASEE Diversity Recognition Program, and its recommendation as a national exemplar.


Aaron Kyle

Aaron Kyle

Director of Duke BME DEI


As the director of DEI efforts in Duke BME, Kyle will ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion are at the forefront of all all educational, outreach and research efforts across the department.


The Duke BME DEIC Committee

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The guiding mission of the BME Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community (DEIC) Committee is to create a sense of belonging and empowerment for those who are under-represented in and/or historically excluded from our community, be it on the basis of gender, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic status, citizenship, or affiliation in the department.

The Duke BME DEIC Committee organizes and supports initiatives to improve recruitment efforts, mentorship opportunities, activities to promote inclusion across the department and community outreach programs.

Questions, comments or ideas for the committee?



Aaron Kyle walks across the Design POD explaining an ODE Hackathon Project

DEIC Across Duke BME

Duke BME is dedicated to incorporating diversity, equality and inclusivity and community into all aspects of the department, including our educational curriculum,  research pursuits and outreach programs. 

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