Biomedical Technology Veteran Mike Hess Joins IEEE Pulse as Editor-in-Chief

Biomedical Technology Veteran Mike Hess Joins IEEE Pulse as Editor-in-Chief

Biomedical Technology Veteran Mike Hess Joins IEEE Pulse as Editor-in-Chief

PISCATAWAY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), today announced the appointment of biomedical technology veteran Mike Hess as editor-in-chief of IEEE Pulse.

Mr. Hess is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Earlier in 2023, he retired from his position as vice president of Corporate Technology and Innovation at Medtronic – a medical device company he had been with for more than 32 years.

At Medtronic, Mr. Hess had overseen R&D management, clinical research, program management, upstream marketing, and general management for the company’s bradycardia and mechanical circulatory support divisions. He has 36 issued patents and numerous publications to his credit.

“Meeting EMBS’ goals of fostering innovation and connections in our field begins with access to quality and timely information,” said Paul Sajda, Ph.D., president of the IEEE EMBS. “IEEE Pulse is an essential pillar of this mission, and I believe that Mr. Hess is the ideal person to lead the magazine because of the depth and breadth of his experience within the MedTech industry, and his vast knowledge of how both well-tested and cutting-edge biomedical technologies impact and reach patients.”

“My goal is to make IEEE Pulse the premier place for the global biomedical community to stay informed about advancements in healthcare, research, ethical considerations, and beyond,” stated Mr. Hess. “As editor-in-chief, I want to ensure that our readers are aware of the impact our industry’s work has on the health and well-being of millions of patients around the world. Given how fast healthcare applications and other technologies – such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, wearable sensors, and big data – are evolving, there will be much to share and learn.”

“One of our society’s missions is to increase public awareness about healthcare innovations, entrepreneurship, analytics, delivery, outcomes, policy, and the integration of these innovations with education. I believe that IEEE Pulse is indeed the ideal publication to fulfill this mission,” commented Metin Akay, Ph.D., IEEE EMBS Ambassador. “The magazine should be a platform to inform and update the public about advances in the healthcare field, exchange ideas, and share knowledge and data. I am confident that Mr. Hess will lead the magazine to complete these goals and bring this publication to the next level.”

Mr. Hess earned his M.S. in software engineering from the University of St. Thomas, and his B.S. in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Aside from his career in biomedical engineering and medical technology, Mr. Hess volunteers his services in the areas of education and mentorship for organizations such as FIRST Robotics and the Boy Scouts of America, and serves on various academic advisory boards.

IEEE Pulse is the flagship magazine for IEEE EMBS, which reports on a broad variety of topics related to biomedical engineering. The magazine publishes articles suited for general and technical audiences on the latest biomedical technologies and methods, as well as their societal and ethical implications. The digital version of the magazine can be found at

About the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) is the world’s largest international society of biomedical engineers. With more than 9,500 members residing in some 97 countries around the world, IEEE EMBS is a true global connection, fostering fellowship and providing access to the most fascinating people, best practices, new information, innovative ideas and a variety of expert opinions from one of science’s fastest growing fields: biomedical engineering. From formalized mathematical theory through experimental science, and from technological development to practical clinical applications, IEEE EMBS members support scientific, technological and educational activities as they apply to the concepts and methods of the physical and engineering sciences in biology and medicine. By working together, we can transform and revolutionize the future of medicine and healthcare. For more information about the IEEE EMBS, please visit


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