Official ASME Group

Biotransport & Heat and Mass Transfer In Biotechnology

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The mission of the committee is to promote the exchange and dissemination of the latest information concerning heat and mass transfer in bioengineering and biotechnology to the scientific and engineering communities. This is done primarily through the dissemination of information at annual meetings, conferences, and courses. The committee, as interest dictates, will also organize sessions at appropriate ASME sponsored meetings.

Click here to view the the education initiative of the Biotransport Technical Committee (BIOT).


The effectiveness of this committee depends upon the dynamic and enthusiastic participation of its members. The members' research and teaching interests should represent all important subtopics in the field of biotransport. In addition, the membership should form, as much as possible, a balanced representation from academic institutions, industries, research laboratories and government agencies. The committee integrates its activities with the Bioengineering and Heat Transfer Divisions and the membership should well represent these two divisions. Attention to the ethnic and gender diversity among committee members will be the responsibility of the Chair. The size of the committee and the selection criteria of its members and their commitment towards BIOT and K-17 are included in the attached by-laws.


The Officers are nominated by committee members and elected by majority vote of the committee, generally at the annual meeting. The Officers are formally appointed by rotation by the Heat Transfer and the Bioengineering Divisions. The term of the Officers is three years. Officers must be members of ASME. The Officers shall include:

    1. Chair – Responsible for supervising the activities of the committee, convening annual business meetings and communicating with the division and society officers. The Chair is also responsible for providing a written agenda as well asmaintaining and disseminating meeting minutes.
    2. Co-Chair – Assists the Chair in the supervision of the committee and convenes the committee meetings in the absence of the Chair. The Co-Chair is automatically nominated to become chair, pending approval of either the Heat Transfer or Bioengineering Division. If the Co-Chair is unable or unwilling to take on the post of Chair, the Chair will be elected by the committee membership.


    1. The committee submits a list of select topics, number of sessions and the names of the organizers to the Program Committee for inclusion in the Call for Papers, and eventually, the Conference Program.
    2.Once the abstracts for a particular Conference are received, the committee is responsible for reviewing them for appropriateness and quality and then forming final Sessions to be presented at the Conference.
    3.Every year, the committee works with the Program Committee of the Summer Bioengineering Conference to promote and organize that program as well as supporting any special activities associated with it.
    4.A Program Planning subcommittee makes recommendations to the full committee at each regular meeting on topics of interest to the membership for inclusion at future conferences.


The criteria for judging the success of the committee's efforts will be as follows:

    1.Number of papers presented at biotransport and joint sessions.
    2.Number of sessions organized at conferences.
    3.Number of attendees at biotransport and joint sessions.
    4.Number of papers related to biotransport published by our membership.
    5.The number of papers selected for oral presentations.

The Chair is responsible for acquiring this data or delegating it to another committee member.

Educational Initiative of the Biotransport Technical Committee (BIOT) MISSION

The primary mission of the educational initiative of the Biotransport Technical Committee (BIOT) is to improve undergraduate and graduate-level education in US universities in the field of Biotransport. In conjunction with its primary mission, the BIOT committee aims to broadly disseminate successfully proven methods of teaching among faculty while introducing and applying newer interdisciplinary topics, thus extending its focus in improving future research in the area of Biotransport.

This initiative intends to focus on the integration of experimental and computational techniques that couple multi-domain and multi-scale processes in cells, tissues and organs involving biological systems. It is expected to improve the understanding of areas of application such as thermal comfort and environmental heat transfer, biopreservation of molecular, cellular, and tissue storage/banking, thermal therapies(e.g., ablation, sub-ablative therapies, hyperthermia, and cryosurgery) drug delivery, oxygenation, and thermoregulation.

In order to achieve its mission, the Educational Initiative of the BIOT Committee intends to provide following Biotransport educational material to its faculty through a secured web-site (soon to be developed.)

  • Conference presentations on Biotransport education.
  • Syllabi of the Biotransport course adopted by various universities.
  • Sample quizzes and tests
  • Lecture materials shared by faculty.
  • Relevant journal and conference publications on Biotransport education.
  • Records of meeting minutes of meeting, discussion, and emails on Biotransport education