Aileen Huang-Saad

Associate Professor,  Bioengineering
Director of Life Science and Engineering Programs,  Roux Institute



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Research Focus

Entrepreneurship education microenvironments and their impact on the engagement of diverse populations, the influence of I-Corps on university ecosystems, and transforming BME education through instructional design


In February 2021 Dr. Huang-Saad joined the Bioengineering faculty at Northeastern University and became the Director of Life Sciences and Engineering Programs at The Roux Institute (Portland, Maine).  Dr. Huang-Saad has a fourteen-year history of bringing about organizational change in higher education, leveraging evidence-based practices at the University of Michigan. She created the U-M BME graduate design program, co-founded the U-M College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship, launched the U-M National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Node, and developed the U-M BME Instructional Incubator. She is a canonical instructor for both the NSF and National Institute of Health (NIH) I-Corps Programs. Dr. Huang-Saad has received numerous awards for her teaching and student advising, including the 1938E College of Engineering Award, the Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award, the U-M ASEE Outstanding Professor Award, the International Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award, and the College of Engineering Outstanding Student Advisor Award.  She is also Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s Biomedical Engineering and Division Chair for the American Society of Engineering Education’s Biomedical Engineering Division.

Dr. Huang-Saad’s current research areas are entrepreneurship, innovation, and transforming higher education.  She is funded by the NSF to explore the influence of the microenvironment of entrepreneurship education on minoritized populations, entrepreneurial ecosystems, and fostering graduate student professional development.

Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Huang-Saad worked in industry gaining experience in new venture biotech, the defense industry, and medical device testing.


  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • MBA, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
  • BSE, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Honors & Awards

  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow

Leadership Positions

  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Biomedical Engineering Education, 2020-present
  • Division Chair, American Society of Engineering Education, 2021-2022
  • Program Chair, American Society of Engineering Education, 2020-2021
  • Program Chair Elect, American Society of Engineering Education, 2019-2020

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Engineering Education
  • Biomedical Engineering Society

Research Overview

Entrepreneurship education microenvironments and their impact on the engagement of diverse populations, the influence of I-Corps on university ecosystems, and transforming BME education through instructional design

Transforming Engineering Education co-Laboratory

The Transforming Engineering Education co-Laboratory, at The Roux Institute-Northeastern University, is committed to bridging the gap between education research and engineering instruction to enhance student learning. Distinct from traditional engineering disciplines and education research, this research lies at the intersection of engineering, education, and the social sciences. Members of the laboratory, with a deep understanding of engineering, leverage qualitative and quantitative education research methods to explore innovative means of transforming engineering programs to meet the changing roles of engineers in the global economy.

Transforming Engineering Education co-Laboratory

Selected Publications


Mar 28, 2023

Dai and Huang-Saad Named AIMBE Fellows

BioE Associate Professors Guohao Dai and Aileen Huang-Saad were inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellows Class of 2023. Dai was elected “for contributions in vascular mechanobiology and 3D bioprinting vascular networks for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine applications” and Huang-Saad was elected “for outstanding contributions to the development of BME entrepreneurship education microenvironments and studying their impact on the engagement of diverse populations.”

Portland, ME

Jun 08, 2022

Announcing the New MS in Bioengineering Concentration: Systems, Synthetic, and Computational Bioengineering

The Department of Bioengineering at Northeastern University is driven by the conviction that the interface of engineering and medicine is one of the great intellectual adventures of the 21st century. Recognizing the breadth of disciplines that contribute to bioengineering, the MS in Bioengineering degree allows students to choose one of four concentrations to develop deep […]

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In the Media

Apr 03, 2021

How a Faculty Grant Transformed an Academic Career

Aileen Huang-Saad, associate professor of bioengineering and director of life science and engineering programs at the Roux Institute, was featured in the VentureWell article “how a faculty grant transformed an academic career.”

Aileen Huang-Saad


Feb 19, 2021

New Faculty Spotlight: Aileen Huang-Saad

Aileen Huang-Saad joins the Bioengineering department in February 2021 as an Associate Professor and Director of Life Science and Engineering Programs at the Roux Institute.

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