National recognition from ASME

Sept. 13, 2021

Spartan Engineers are helping advance diversity in ASME

Michele Grimm and Tammy Reid Bush
Michele Grimm and Tammy Reid Bush earn national recognition for their dedicated support of diversity and inclusion.

Two Spartan Engineers are among those sharing a national medal for their ongoing commitment in helping the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) develop and implement diversity and inclusiveness practices.

Tammy Reid Bush, Michele Grimm and the members of the ASME Bioengineering Division’s Women’s Networking Group were awarded the ASME Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies Inc. Medal this summer. The award recognized their national leadership in strategically improving gender diversity and inclusiveness within the bioengineering division.

Both Bush and Grimm are faculty members in the MSU Department of Mechanical Engineering. Bush is a professor and the current interim chair of the ME department. Grimm is the Wielenga Creative Engineering Endowed Professor.

“We were honored that our efforts to broaden workplace diversity initiatives received this prestigious medal,” Grimm said.

Bush noted that women in the Bioengineering Women’s Networking Group have been developing diverse leaders for almost two decades.

“The fact that the number of women receiving ASME honors is in the rise helps increase the visibility of female role models and encourages even more opportunity,” she added.

ASME has been supporting an annual summer bioengineering conference since 1993. Since 2015, the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference has provided a forum for bioengineering researchers and educators that includes workshops, poster sessions, exhibits, a career fair and paper competitions.