New Health and Medicine Division for IMechE

Prof Peter Brett
Prof Peter Brett

18th June, 2009

A new Research Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) has been launched, to help address the increasing need for engineering solutions towards health and well being issues.

Jointly with the President of the Institution and Dr Glenn Wells of the Dept of Health, Peter Brett, Professor of Medical Engineering at Aston University launched the Engineering in Medicine and Health Division (EMHD) in his capacity as Divisional Chairman, at IMechE headquarters in Westminster.

The aim of the EMHD research group, which replaces the former Medical Engineering Division, is to promote opportunities for engineering and business in this industrial sector, to facilitate networking of medical, health and engineering professionals to identify new opportunities and discuss the latest advances and issues. Through its work, EMHD will also and to help professional engineers to develop careers in Medicine and Health.

Focusing on both medical engineering and health engineering the newly named EMHD, will expand expertise and discussion into a range of new health and health related activities, including study into ageing, food and water, sports exercise and rehabilitation and a buildings’ environment.  This will add to the Division’s former and ongoing successes, on leading events in robotic surgery, orthopaedics and incontinence technology.

Professor Brett, who is Chairman of the newly created EMHD, and chaired its predecessor for the previous two years, said; “Maintaining and preserving good health is of great interest to everyone and, if handled appropriately, will have a significant impact on requirements for healthcare provision and new opportunities for business.”

“Under our new name, we will be looking at promoting engineering opportunities in this sector. This will include discussing ways to assist wellbeing in our everyday routines, be this at work, travelling or in the home.”

Areas of work currently found in the area of Medical Engineering, include hip replacements, pacemakers, artificial limbs, rehabilitation devices and robotic surgery.


For further information and/or to arrange an interview with Professor Peter Brett, contact Alex Earnshaw, Press Officer, Aston University on 0121 204 4549

Notes to Editors;

The IMechE has eight Industrial Divisions and ten Technology Groups, each of which provides opportunities for engineers to develop their knowledge, status and professionalism in a wide variety of technical areas, and act as a source of high quality information and advice to individuals, academia, industry and Government. It is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK, with over 80,000 members.

Medical Engineering, also known as Bioengineering or Biomedical Engineering is a diverse, exciting and relatively new area within the field of engineering.
The discipline spans a whole range of activities, integrating professional engineering with medical knowledge of mechanisms and processes of the body. Examples of work in this area are hip replacements, pacemakers, computer simulations, artificial limbs, rehabilitation devices and robotic surgery. The field is rapidly evolving.

IMechE Industrial Divisions are:
Construction and Building Services
Engineering in Medicine and Health
IMechE Technology Groups are:
Combustion Engines and Fuels 
Energy, Environment and Sustainability 
Fluid Machinery 
Mechatronics, Informatics and Control 
Pressure Systems 
Safety and Reliability 
Structural Technology and Materials