Aileen Huang-Saad, PhD

University of Michigan

Assistant Professor


Dr. Huang-Saad is a co-founder of the University of Michigan College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship and faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Huang-Saad has a ten-year history of bringing about organizational change in higher education leveraging evidence-based practices, creating the U-M BME graduate design program, co-founding the U-M College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship, launching the U-M National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Node and U-M BME Instructional Incubator. She is a canonical instructor for the NSF and National Institute of Health (NIH) I-Corps Program. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and student advising, including the Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award, the UM ASEE Outstanding Professor Award, the Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award, and the College of Engineering Outstanding Student Advisor Award.

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

Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty, Dr. Huang-Saad worked in industry gaining experience in new venture biotech, the defense industry, and medical device testing. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a Master of Business Administration from University of Michigan Ross School of Business.