BEEC 2022 Keynote and Panel Bios

BEEC 2022 Keynotes and Panelist

Teresa Gonzales, PhD, Assistant Professor
University of Massachusets – Lowell

Teresa Gonzales is an Assistant Professor in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in the Sociology Department.

Teresa Irene Gonzales, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She holds a B.A. from Smith College and both her MA and PhD from the University of California Berkeley. She is the recipient of several national prestigious awards and fellowships, including from the Institute for Citizens & Scholars (previously the Woodrow Wilson Foundation) and the NASEM Ford Foundation. She has over ten years of experience analyzing community responses to racial and income marginalization in the United States, with several publications, including her recent book, Building a Better Chicago: Race and Community Resistance to Urban Redevelopment, (2021) with NYU Press. She has shared her work at academic conferences, through invited talks, and in more accessible platforms including academic blogs, YouTube interviews, and public radio segments. As part of her commitment to eradicating income- and race-disparities, she has advised community organizations in Chicago & Galesburg, IL, and Lawrence & Lowell, MA.


Hsien-Yuan Hsu, PhD, Assistant Professor
University of Massachusets – Lowell

Yuan Hsien Hsu ImageDr. Hsien-Yuan Hsu is an assistant professor in Research and Evaluation in Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Hsu has expertise in measurement science, psychometrics, multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, and large-scale data analysis. His substantive research focuses on how to promote student self-efficacy beliefs about completing a degree in engineering. He used social cognitive career theory as a lens to examine the association between faculty encouragement and undergraduate student self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and their intent to persist in engineering majors. His work has been published in the European Journal of Engineering Education and in Research & Practice in Assessment. He is currently an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Engineering Education.



Aileen Huang-Saad, PhD, Associate Professor
Northeaster University

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, M

aine). 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.