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

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Education

Barry Belmont

Lecturer III, Biomedical Engineering

Cassandra Woodcock

Doctoral Student, Biomedical Engineering

Cassandra (Cassie) Woodcock is a second year, precandidate doctoral student at the University of Michigan. She is pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering with and Emphasis in Engineering Education. Her research interests involve interdisciplinary engineering programs and the professional, personal, and academic outcomes of students engaged in these programs. She is also involved in student outcomes research around the Instructional Incubator course in the BME department. This new course was conceptualized and is currently taught by Dr. Aileen Huang-Saad. Cassie recieved a B.A. in Engineering Sciences at Wartburg College (Waverly, IA).

Eric Hald

Instructional Fellow, Biomedical Engineering

Jacqueline Handley

Graduate Student Research Assistant, Educational Studies, School of Education

Jeffrey Albrecht

Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Education

Madison Tarnowski

Undergraduate, Biomedical Engineering

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

Instructional Fellow, Biomedical Engineering


Colleen Seifert, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan

Jin Woo Lee

Doctoral Student, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

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.

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

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

John Park, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

Laura Hirshfield, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

Lauren Sheridan

Masters Student, School of Information, University of Michigan

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