The mission of the Transforming Engineering Education Laboratory is to advance the integration of evidence based practices into engineering instruction and improve learning outcomes and experiences of engineering students. We aim to conduct critical, translational research that informs engineering pedagogy, research, and practice. With our interdisciplinary and innovative approach, we seek to transform engineering education in the interest of better preparing 21st Century engineers.


Aileen Huang-Saad, Ph.D., MBA

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Education

Alanna Epstein, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Biomedical Engineering

Annie Wang

Undergraduate, Biomedical Engineering

Cassandra Woodcock

Doctoral Student, Biomedical Engineering

Cassandra (Cassie) Woodcock is a PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan. She is pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (BME) with an Emphasis in Engineering Education. Her research interests involve interdisciplinary engineering co-curricular experiences and the professional, personal, and academic outcomes of students engaged in these experiences. She is also involved in research on student outcomes of the Instructional Incubator Course Sequence led by her Advisor, Dr. Aileen Huang-Saad, in the BME Department. Cassie also does experiential learning research with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education Office at Michigan. Cassie received a B.A. in Engineering Sciences at Wartburg College (Waverly, IA).

Christian Rivera, Ph.D.

Instructional Fellow, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Emmett Springer

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Biomedical Engineering

Emmett is a Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student expecting to graduate April 2021. He is interested in researching innovative methods in teaching in learning including active learning and exploratory learning.

Jacob Fuher

Undergraduate, EECS

Jacob is an Electrical Engineering undergraduate student at the University of Michigan expecting to graduate December 2020. He is interested in Optics and Network, Communication and Information Systems, as well as education. He plans to further explore engineering education research throughout his career.

Jacqueline Handley

Graduate Student Research Assistant, Educational Studies, School of Education

Jesse Gilbert-Sovern

Undergraduate, College of Engineering

Jocelyn Jackson

Graduate Student Research Assistant, Engineering Education

Jocelyn Jackson is a doctoral student in engineering education research at the University of Michigan and national chair of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Her major work includes research in entrepreneurship, organizational leadership and behavior, and strategic planning for NSBE.

Meaghan Pearson

Graduate Student, Combined Program in Education and Psychology

Nicole Friend

Doctoral Student, Biomedical Engineering

Nicole Friend is a second year, pre-candidate doctoral student in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. She does both technical research in tissue engineering and engineering education research in better defining the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Nicole received her BS in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Nicole Ramo, Ph.D.

Instructional Fellow, Biomedical Engineering

Saumya Gupta

Masters Student, Biomedical Engineering

Sebastian Leone

Undergraduate, Mechanical Engineering

Vibhavari Vempala

Graduate Student Research Assistant, Engineering Education


Barry Belmont, Ph.D.

Lecturer III, Biomedical Engineering

Colleen Seifert, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan

Jin Woo Lee

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Cal State Fullerton

Jin Woo Lee is a graduate student in mechanical engineering. His research interests include developing methods to aid in the design process, particularly in the early stages of concept generation and selection. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University.

Jonathan Fay, Ph.D.

Center for Entrepreneurship Interim Executive Director, University of Michigan

Julie Libarkin, Ph.D.

Professor of Geological Sciences, Michigan State University

Matt Gibson, Ph.D.

Center for Entrepreneurship Director of Undergraduate Programs, University of Michigan

Nathalie Duval-Couetil, MBA, Ph.D.

Professor, Director, Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Purdue University

Prateek Shekhar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Sergio Celis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Higher Education, University of Chile

Shanna Daly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan


Bowen Tan

Master's Student, Biomedical Engineering

Bowen Tan is a Biomedical Engineering Master's student with an expected graduation of December 2017. Her research focus is on interdisciplinarity of biomedical engineering. She holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Information Engineering from the City University of Hong Kong.

Christina Morton

Doctoral Student, University of Michigan

Eric Hald, Ph.D.

Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Teaching, Shantou University

Eric Hald is a Postdoctoral Instructional Fellow at the University of Michigan. His instructional focus is on developing forward thinking biomedical engineering curriculum in collaboration with Shantou University, China. He holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Jeffrey Albrecht

Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Education

John Park, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

Laura Hirshfield, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

Lauren Sheridan

Masters Student, School of Information, University of Michigan

Madison Tarnowski

Undergraduate, Biomedical Engineering

Mady North

Masters Student, Biomedical Engineering

Mady is a Master's student pursuing an MSE in Biomedical Engineering (expected graduation Dec. 2018). She is investigating and developing a proposal for a Biomedical Engineering Minor program. Her interests include product and process development in the biotech/medtech field, next-generation medical materials/technology, and tech transfer.

Prateek Shekhar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ricardo Cummings

Undergraduate, College of Engineering