Structure, Governance and Resources


The Bioengineering Institute of California (BIC) has a Steering Committee and an Advisory Board. The Administrative Office and Director of the multi-campus research unit switch between Northern and Southern California for each three year term. Currently, it is located at UC Davis with Dr. Scott Simon as Director.

The Steering Committee is composed of the chairs of the Bioengineering Departments/Programs of ten UC campuses, with a second faculty member as an alternate for each campus. The Steering Committee makes collective decision on the directions and priorities of the BIC, provides support, guidance and oversight of progress, and ensures the delivery and achievement of the goals. The Steering Committee meets face-to-face at least once a year and periodically by teleconferencing. 

The Advisory Board is currently composed of the Vice Chancellors of Research of each of the ten campuses. The Advisory Board provides strategic guidance and knowledgeable counsel, offers advice and perspectives (especially in relation to university administration), and assesses program effectiveness.

The Director is elected by the Steering Committee, with a term of three years. The Steering Committee also elects the Director-elect, who serves as an Associate Director and assists the Director in implementing the functions of the BIC. The Steering Committee works with the Director of the BIC to ensure the effective cooperation of all campuses in fulfilling the mission of the BIC.