Aileen Huang-Saad

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

Contact

Office

  • 207-553-3925

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

About

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.

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.

Education

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

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

Aileen Huang-Saad

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

Faculty

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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