BMED Student Clubs

Biomedical Engineering Society
Medical Design Club
Endeavors to Move People Onward With Engineered Results
Society of Women Engineers

Our Society

BMES is a professional organization that strives to connect students with other students, faculty, and industry. Our major contributes to the design, development, and advancement of medical technology including, but not limited to medical imaging, cardiovascular devices, implants, and prostheses. Our goal is to provide professional skills and advice in a fun environment.

Our Chapter

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, our chapter is a student-run organization whose main purposes are:

  • Promote interaction between students and industry
  • Facilitating and supporting student-run research and development projects
  • Promote and support the development of the new biomedical engineering major at Cal Poly.

Meetings Times

Every other Thursday starting the second week of each quarter at 11:10 am. Building 14 room 249.


Industry speakers, outreach, career services speakers, socials and panels with faculty, Open House, and WOW Club showcase!

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A view towards developing technologies based on nature’s designs.

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CURE Slo of Cal Poly was started in August of 2012. The University so far has a complete executive board and has put on one event that raised over $5,000.

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About EWH

The developing world constantly faces two major medical issues – low accessibility and quality of treatment. To address these conflicts, Dr. Bob Malkin and Dr. Mohammad Kiani, two University of Memphis professors, launched Engineering World Health (EWH) in 2001. EWH is a non-governmental organization that aims to address medical issues on a global scale. EWH focuses on technical solutions, with an emphasis on improving the quality of healthcare in resource-restrained communities of the developing world.

Cal Poly EWH’s Mission Statement

The Cal Poly chapter of EWH aims to support the national-level mission by making global impacts in health care by emphasizing an active, hands-on education and engaging students in a multidisciplinary, collaborative design process.

The Cal Poly chapter of EWH will achieve this mission by:

  • Enhancing the student learning experience with ‘The Engineer’s Toolbox’. The Engineer’s Toolbox will be a set of workshops designed to give students practical, hands-on knowledge about design and engineering.

  • Giving industry exposure to different types of science, engineering, and technology with industry tours and speakers.

  • Getting students directly involved in and dedicated to increasing the quality of healthcare through the design of appropriate medical devices suited towards the specific needs of medical communities around the world. Design will emphasize low-cost and sustainability.

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EMPOWER Student AssociationEMPOWER (formerly Quality of Life Plus Student Association) was established to improve the quality of life for individuals facing physical challenges. The EMPOWER (Endeavors to Move People Onward with Engineered Results) club’s newly stated goal is to “create better everyday life through engineering and innovation.”

The club is associated with the TECHE Lab (Transforming Engineer Through Community Hands-on Engagement).  The center will leverage Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing approach to have a wide impact, addressing both individual and society needs.

EMPOWER members work directly with individuals who have needs, then design and manufacture devices that can help.  In the past, EMPOWER members have constructed prosthetic arms, legs, hands and other devices to help “challengers” improve their quality of life. The club provides learn by doing and teamwork skills to students outside the classroom while engaging in rewarding, real-world work.

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What Do We Strive For?

Recognized as an instructionally related activity at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Medical Design aims to contribute to human welfare, alleviate pain, restore health, extend life, and better the quality of life through using our interdisciplinary skills to develop, research, design, and manufacture quality of life-improving technology.

  • We enable club members to pursue their passions and develop themselves and their skill sets in a favorable environment.
  • We strive for the greatest quality and to be recognized as a club and people of dedication, honesty, integrity, and service to improve our community.

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The Society of Women Engineers of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, strives to provide a voice for women that will encourage them to achieve their full potential as engineers and as leaders. It is our mission to create engineering opportunities, provide career and scholastic resources, and demonstrate the value of teamwork to all students of this university and of the community.

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