BEEC 2021 Keynote and Panel Bios

BEEC Keynote and Panelist

Ann Saterbak, PhD, Professor of Practice
Duke University

Ann Saterbak is Professor of the Practice in Biomedical Engineering and Director of the First-Year Engineering Program.  Since joining Duke in June 2017, she launched the new Engineering Design and Communication course.  In this course, all first-year engineering students work in teams to solve community-based, client-driven problems, and build physical prototypes.  Prior to Duke, she taught a similar course at Rice University, where she was on the faculty since 1999.  Saterbak is the lead author of the textbook, Bioengineering Fundamentals.  At Rice, Saterbak’s outstanding teaching was recognized through four university-wide teaching awards.  In 2013, Saterbak received the ASEE Biomedical Engineering Division Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award.  For her contribution to education within biomedical engineering, she was elected Fellow in the Biomedical Engineering Society and the American Society of Engineering Education. She is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal, Biomedical Engineering Education.


Aileen Huang-Saad, PhD, MBA, Associate Professor
University of Michigan


Dr. Huang-Saad is faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Education at University of Michigan. Dr. Huang-Saad has a fourteen-year history of bringing about organizational change in higher education, leveraging evidence-based practices. 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. Her 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. Currently, Dr. Huang-Saad serves as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Biomedical Engineering Education.

Karin Jensen, PhD, Teaching Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Karin Jensen, Ph.D. is a Teaching Assistant Professor in bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include student mental health and wellness, engineering student career pathways, and engagement of engineering faculty in engineering education research. She was awarded a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for her research on undergraduate mental health in engineering programs. Jensen is currently an associate editor with the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. Before joining UIUC she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Sanofi Oncology in Cambridge, MA. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia.