Aileen is faculty in the U-M Department of Biomedical Engineering. Since 2007, she co-founded the U-M Center for Entrepreneurship, launched the National Science Foundation U-M (NSF) I-Corps Node, and created the biomedical engineering graduate design program. Aileen’s research is dedicated to integrating evidence-based practices into higher education to promote successful student professional development. She is funded by the NSF to examine entrepreneurship education microenvironments and their impact on the engagement of diverse populations, the influence of I-Corps on university ecosystems, and transforming BME education through instructional design.
Aileen has received a number of awards for her teaching and student advising, including the COE 1938E Award, the Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award, the UM ASEE Outstanding Professor Award, the Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award, and the College of Engineering Outstanding Student Advisor Award.
Aileen’s research and academic practice is informed by her pre-academic industry experience in new venture biotech, the defense industry, and medical device testing. Aileen 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 the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Research Interests: Entrepreneurship, Interdisciplinarity, Biomedical Engineering Professional Identity