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UMaine CHB Distinguished Lecture Series: Redesigning Higher Education through Co‐creation and Partnership

September 30, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The department of Biochemical Engineering invites you to the UMaine CHB Distinguished Lecture Series
Aileen Huang‐Saad, Ph.D, MBA
Director of Life Sciences and Engineering Programs
Department of Bioengineering
The Roux Institute, Northeastern University

Today, higher education is facing significant challenges as it tries to prepare its graduates for post graduate opportunities. Additionally, technology development is evolving at a record pace across disciplines; students are faced with an overwhelming number of opportunities and career paths; and, rightly so, there is a growing demand to integrate evidence‐based practices for learning and organizational change. These pressures have stimulated higher education to identify new ways to integrate post graduate opportunities into curriculum and the classroom,
not only changing the culture of higher education but questioning the necessary credentials to advance in the fields. For this talk, Huang-Saad will explain how her experience with design, entrepreneurship and professional practice have influenced her approach to closing the gap between higher education and professional practice. She will also discuss how her work has influenced her thoughts on creating “intentional networks” in low density settings, offering a comprehensive path for learners to engage in higher education throughout their careers.

Huang‐Saad’s current research areas are entrepreneurship, innovation, and transforming higher education. She has been 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, Huang‐Saad worked in industry gaining experience in new venture biotech, the defense industry, and medical device testing. She has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctor of Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a Master of Business Administration from University of Michigan Ross School of Business.


September 30, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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