AAMI Honors 2020 Award and Scholarship Winners

July 1, 2020

Categories: AAMI News, Clinical, Health Technology Management, HTM Professionals, Information Technology, Medical Device Manufacturers, Medical Device Manufacturing, Sterilization Professionals

Each year, AAMI and the AAMI Foundation recognize health technology’s best and brightest for their leadership, dedication, and contributions to healthcare technology. Since we cannot meet in person to recognize their achievements and innovative ideas, AAMI would like to recognize this extraordinary group of individuals front and center in AAMI News.

“Together, these clinicians, healthcare technicians, engineers, standards volunteers, young professionals, and students are advancing the field of healthcare technology and improving patient outcomes,” said AAMI President and CEO Rob Jensen. “It’s the honor of AAMI and the AAMI Foundation to celebrate these individuals for their achievements and to thank them for inspiring us all to push harder for safe and effective health technology.”

The AAMI Foundation’s Laufman-Greatbatch Award

Michael H. Scholla, PhD, retired global director, regulatory standards, at DuPont Medical Packaging in Elkton, MD

Michael H. Scholla, PhD

Michael H. Scholla, PhD

AAMI’s most prestigious award is named after two pioneers in the field—Harold Laufman, MD, and Wilson Greatbatch, PhD. It honors an individual or group that has made a unique and significant contribution to the advancement of healthcare technology and systems, service, patient care, or patient safety. This year’s award will be presented to Michael H. Scholla.

Scholla has made important contributions to the global development of state-of-the-art sterile packaging practices and to the protection of patients who rely on sterile medical devices. He is recognized for his work promoting the adoption of ISO 11607, the internationally accepted standard for medical packaging—one of the best-known standards in the medical device industry.

The AAMI Foundation & ACCE’s Robert L. Morris Humanitarian Award

Frank Painter, retired clinical engineering internship program director and adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT

Frank Painter

Frank Painter

This award—honoring the late Robert Morris, a longtime AAMI member, cofounder of ACCE, and humanitarian— recognizes an individual or organization that has leveraged healthcare technology to improve global human conditions. This year’s winner, Frank Painter, has been described by his colleagues as “the finest kind of individual who exemplifies our industry and its people to the highest degree.”

Painter reflects the spirit of Robert L. Morris’s vision and the necessary elements of making that vision a reality. His dedication to the healthcare technology management (HTM) field is evident through his educational and humanitarian work spanning decades for various organizations.

The AAMI Foundation & Institute for Technology in Health Care’s Clinical Solution Award

Samuel Gurmu, clinical engineer system architect at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD

Samuel Gurmu

Samuel Gurmu

This award honors a healthcare technology professional or group that has applied innovative practices or principles to solve a significant patient care problem or challenge facing a patient population or community.

This year’s winner, Samuel Gurmu, engineered a clinical morbidity platform for the University of Maryland Medical Center to ensure rapid and reliable communication between two interrelated hospital units: the neonatal intensive care unit and the labor and delivery unit.

The AAMI Foundation & TRIMEDX John D. Hughes Iconoclast Award

George Mills, director of operations at Jones Lang & LaSalle in Plainfield, IL

George Mills

George Mills

Throughout his career, Mills has tirelessly championed clinical engineering and HTM professionals everywhere. During his 14 years with The Joint Commission, Mills helped to revise and enhance accreditation standards that resulted in improvement of technology management in healthcare organizations.

While working at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Mills demonstrated to other healthcare professionals the value of clinical engineering and HTM services and the field’s commitment to patient safety. His leadership in improving clinical alarm management has probably saved dozens if not hundreds of patient lives.

AAMI & Becton Dickinson’s Patient Safety Award Michelle Jump,

Michelle Jump, global regulatory advisor, medical device cybersecurity, at MedSec in Miami Beach, FL

Michelle Jump

Michelle Jump

This award recognizes outstanding achievements by a healthcare technology professional who has made a significant advancement toward improving patient safety. AAMI & Becton Dickinson’s 2020 Patient Safety Award will be presented to Michelle Jump for her dedication to improving patient safety by tackling the ever-challenging risk of cybersecurity of medical devices.

Jump has a track record of success for changing the culture around cybersecurity risk to improve patient safety. She played an invaluable role at Stryker and CareFusion by incorporating cybersecurity into their product development life cycles.

AAMI’s HTM Leadership Award

Kurt Finke, director of the Office of HTM at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Eagan, MN

Kurt Finke

Kurt Finke

This award, which honors individual excellence, achievement, and leadership in the HTM field, will be presented to Kurt Finke for his commitment to ensuring that HTM professionals not only add value to their organizations but are recognized for that value.

Finke has been in the HTM field for 35 years, leading the Department of Veterans Affairs clinical engineering program through many changes. He has oversight and management of $6.5 billion worth of medical technology across 21 Veterans Integrated Service Networks.

AAMI & GE Healthcare’s BMET of the Year Award

Nicholas Grecco, CBET, team lead of Clinical Engineering Services at BayCare Health, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey, FL

Nicholas Grecco

Nicholas Grecco

This award recognizes a biomedical equipment technician’s (BMET’s) dedication, achievement, and excellence in the HTM field.

Nicholas Grecco will receive the award this year for his dedication to the profession and for his performance as an outstanding team member with an impressive work ethic. He spearheaded an ambitious hospital-wide electrocardiogram pad conversion across the entire hospital.

AAMI’s Young Professional Award

Angela Bennett, HTM leader and clinical engineering director at TRIMEDX/Ascension Borgess Health in Kalamazoo, MI

Angela Bennet

Angela Bennet

This award is presented to an HTM professional under the age of 35 who has a history of exemplary accomplishments and a strong commitment to the field. This year’s winner, Angela Bennett, is an emerging leader in the field, serving as an advocate for military HTM professionals and inspiring other leaders to find their passion in their career.

Bennett founded a local BMET society, the West Michigan Biomed Society, because she wanted to learn more about her profession and provide networking opportunities for colleagues in the area.

The Spirit of AAMI Award

Steven D. Baker, PhD, clinical assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR


Steven D. Baker, PhD

This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of an AAMI member in volunteer efforts within the association. Steven D. Baker has been selected to receive the Spirit of AAMI Award for the active role he has played in the association over the last several decades.

Most recently, Baker was instrumental in developing The Medical Connectivity FAQs (available in the AAMI Store). Baker’s colleagues say he exemplifies what it is to be a standardsmotivated individual, with his enthusiasm, dependability, solid judgment, good humor, and willingness to fight for what is right.

AAMI HTM Association of the Year Award


New England Society of Clinical Engineering (NESCE)

This year’s HTM Association of the Year, the New England Society of Clinical Engineering (NESCE), exemplifies all the qualities this award seeks to promote, including outstanding society operations and meetings, as well as a commitment to elevating the HTM field on a local level.

NESCE has been a well-established HTM association for over 43 years, with more than 450 members in the New England area and surrounding regions.

The AAMI–HSEA Health Systems Engineering Scholarship

Rima Viradia, clinical engineering intern at Baystate Medical Center, University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT

Rima Viradia

Rima Viradia

The AAMI-Health Systems Engineering Alliance Engineering Scholarship aims to encourage upper-level undergraduate and graduate students to enter the profession of health systems engineering and to foster excellence in the field.

Viradia has a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, and is currently interning at Baystate Health in the clinical engineering department. She will use the scholarship to pursue certification in clinical engineering.

AAMI Standards Award

This award recognizes major contributions to the development or revision of a specific AAMI or international standard. This year’s recipients are:

Daniel J. Cooke, research and development senior fellow with Boston Scientific, for the significant energy and resources he dedicated to his work as cochair of PC/WG 1 in developing a new comprehensive standard for implantable cardioverter defibrillators and transvenous leads for cardiac pacemakers.

Theodore Heise, PhD, vice president of regulatory and clinical services at the MED Institute, and Dennis Jenke, PhD, chief executive scientist at Triad Scientific Solutions, cochairs of BE 194/WG 14, for their tireless work over the past five years on a complete revision of ISO 10993-18:2020.

Changfu Wu,, PhD, scientific reviewer for the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, for his leadership and outstanding contributions to ISO/TC 150/SC 2/ WG 1 in the revision and development of ANSI/AAMI/ISO 5840- 1, 5840-2, and 5840-3, and ISO 5910.

AAMI Honors 2020 Award and Scholarship Winners
AAMI Foundation Scholarships

Since 2009, the AAMI Foundation has awarded scholarships to outstanding students aspiring to become HTM professionals. This year’s winners are:

Isha Arora, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Cornell University in New York, NY.

Mutegki Baguma, who is a graduate of South Hills High School in Fort Worth, TX, and will pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology and biophysics.

Jacqueline Bertan, who is pursuing a master’s degree in clinical engineering at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.

Taylor Dade, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Columbia University in New York, NY.

Shelby Johns, who is pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering with a concentration in clinical engineering at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.

Jonathan Low, who is pursuing an associate degree in biomedical engineering technology at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, FL.

Darian Napolean, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.

Joseph Rowan, who is pursuing an associate degree in biomedical equipment technology and medical imaging technology at Texas State Technical College in Waco, TX.

Emily Sizemore, who is pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering with a focus on clinical engineering from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.

Rudolph Wagner, who is pursuing an associate degree in biomedical equipment technology at Texas State Technical College in Waco, TX.

Isha Arora Mutegki Baguma Jacqueline Bertan Taylor Dade
  • Isha Arora
  • Mutegki Bagumar
  • Jacqueline Bertan
  • Taylor Dade
Shelby Johns Jonathan Low Darien Napolean Joseph Rowan
  • Shelby Johns
  • Jonathan Low
  • Darien Napolean
  • Joseph Rowan
Emily Sizemore Rudolph Wagner
  • Emily Sizemore
  • Rudolph Wagner

More information about the AAMI Awards Program can be found at www.aami.org/awards.