Aileen Huang-Saad

Aileen Huang-Saad is a faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department at the University of Michigan (U-M) and Assistant Director of Academic Programs in the U-M College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship. She is responsible for developing the BME department's first graduate design course that takes students through the innovation value chain in the classroom environment. Students work with U-M physicians in developing innovative solutions to medical challenges and are responsible for manufacturing prototypes and developing prototype commercialization plans. Aileen was recently awarded the U-M ASEE Outstanding Professor Award and the Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award for her work in developing and implementing this course. Prior to joining the U-M faculty, she worked in industry, gaining experience in biotech, defense, and medical device testing. Aileen has a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate of Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Aileen Huang-Saad has applied for and been awarded 1 grant

  • Enabling Student Innovation in Biomedical Engineering: Development of a Graduate Level Innovative Design Class

    Began September, 2008 and ended April, 2011

    Biomedical engineering incorporates science, engineering and medicine to provide advances in medical technology to improve human health. Translating biomedical discoveries into clinical applications is an ideal model for teaching innovation. This year, the University of Michigan Biomedical Engineering Department piloted a new graduate level design class (BiomedE599) that enables students to experience innovation in the context of biomedical engineering. During this year long class, students are completely responsible for idea generation, prototype development and commercialization planning. This experience exposes students to an entrepreneurial environment while providing them with the necessary skill sets to become innovative and adaptive learners beyond the University environment as they go on to approach new challenges in their research and professional careers. The two semester series allows students to be part of the ideation phase, which is often not included in an undergraduate one semester course. Students interact with medical faculty from the University of Michigan Hospital to learn about clinical state of the art and challenges. Through these discussions students formulate novel design solutions to the discussed challenges. The focus on graduate students is intended to increase the technical depth of the design projects and their potential for commercialization. The goal of this proposal is to expand our piloted program, offering more resources to design teams to include equipment, materials and supplies, prototyping costs and expert lecturers and consultants from across the country at a cost of $50,000.

    With the team:

    • Aileen Huang-Saad
    • Ms. Sharyn Sivyer Senior Project Representative, DRDA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Dr. Doug Noll Chair, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Dr. Jack Hu Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor