2021 Conference

The Biomedical Engineering Division (BED) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) looks forward to seeing you virtually at the 2021 Annual Conference and Exposition, which will take place online from June 27-30, 2021, in Long Beach, California.

For authors, here is a FAQ for BED authors and the ASEE2021 Virtual Conference Author’s User’s Guide.


ASEE2021 BED Special Sessions

ASEE BED Virtual Hallway

We’ll have a zoom meeting running all the time.  Log in to say hi to people in between sessions (or whenever you feel like it)! 


Meeting ID: 935 6558 9107

Password: aseebed


ASEE BED Technical Sessions


Date:  Monday, July 26, 2021

Time:  1:15 pm – 2:45 pm PST 

Technical Session 5

Session Title: Biomedical Engineering Speed Networking


This Speed Networking event kicks off the Biomedical Engineering Division’s (BED) programming at the ASEE conference. The goal of this session is to develop connections and build community among educators in biomedical engineering. The format will consist of 1-on-1 pairings followed by small group discussion. Bring your preferred drink and join new and returning members of the BED community to exchange ideas and expand your professional network. 

Sarah Ilkhanipour Rooney, PhD

Assistant Professor

Director of BME Undergraduate Studies

University of Delaware

Sarah I. Rooney is an Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. She seeks to bring evidence-based teaching practices to the undergraduate curriculum. She received her B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).

Michael Rust, PhD

Associate Professor

Western New England University

Mike Rust is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Western New England University. He also serves as Director of the Honors Program and Co-Director of the First Year Program in the College of Engineering at WNE. His research interests involve the development of point-of-care medical technologies, including bioinstrumentation for use in low-resource settings. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati (Ohio).


Date:  Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Time:  9:45 am -11:15 am PST 

Technical Session 6

Session Title: Supporting Biomedical Engineering Students in Holistic Development (Full Papers – Aileen)

Description: Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary discipline that requires the thoughtful intersection of discipline specific content and more holistic student development.  This session addresses different ways to suppose students in the development of ethics, an entrepreneurial mindset, and social justice.  Authors will also discuss frameworks for holistic assessment of BME student learning and methods for analyzing BME resumes for use in career pathway alignment. 

Moderators:  Yareni P. Lara-Rodríguez, PhD Student, University of Puerto Rico; Richard Goldberg, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina


Date:  Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Time:  1:45 pm – 3:15 pm PST 

Technical Session 2

Session Title: Biomedical Engineering Postcard Session (Best of Works in Progress) 

Description: In this interactive session, six authors will each pitch their work in progress as a five minute, two-slide “postcard” overview. Attendees will then have the opportunity to enter and exit breakout rooms with any author(s) they wish, to engage in dynamic, small-group discussion. Works in progress were chosen for this session based on reviewers’ evaluations for novelty, technical merit, outcomes, and relevance to BME education.

Moderators: Vignesh Subbian, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona; Rachel Childers, Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Oklahoma


Date:  Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Time:  5:10 pm – 7 pm PST 

BME Social

Session Title: ASEE BED Social (LeAnn)

Description: The ASEE BED Division Social is an opportunity to interact with your BME colleagues in an informal setting. We will also present the winners of this year’s BED Division awards. We hope to see you there! (Note: The social will be hosted on a separate platform and is open to all members of the BED division, whether or not you register for the meeting. A link to the social will be sent to the BED listserv 15 minutes prior to the event.)


Date:  Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Time:  8:00 am – 9:30 am PST 

Special Session

Session Title: Publishing in BME Education

Description:As faculty become more reflective of their own teaching and their students’ learning, there are opportunities to document this work and publish it. In this panel session, we will talk about the necessary components of a manuscript, which may include research questions and assessment, as well as different types of papers. We will overview the publishing landscape for biomedical engineering faculty, including ASEE, Biomedical Engineering Education, Advances in Engineering Education, and others. With questions for the audience and discussions on many topics, this session should position you to better consider your own work and what direction you might take to initiate or continue publishing your efforts in biomedical engineering education.

Brian Helmke

Brian Helmke is currently Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. He received the B.S.E. in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, the B.S.Econ. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego. Brian’s research interests include cardiovascular physiology, cellular mechanobiology, and nanotechnology-based biomaterials. He is also interested in technology-enhanced teaching and in experiential learning for undergraduates in science and engineering.

Ann Saterbak

Ann Saterbak is Professor of the Practice in Biomedical Engineering and Director of the First- Year Engineering Program. Since joining Duke in June 2017, she launched the new Engineering Design and Communication course. In this course, first-year students work in teams to solve community-based, client-driven problems and build physical prototypes. Prior to Duke, she taught at Rice University, where she was on the faculty since 1999. Saterbak is the lead author of the textbook, Bioengineering Fundamentals. At Rice and Duke, Saterbak’s outstanding teaching has been recognized through five school- and university-wide teaching awards. For her contribution to education within biomedical engineering, she was elected Fellow in the Biomedical Engineering Society and the American Society of Engineering Education. She is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Biomedical Engineering Education.

Aileen Huang-Saad

Aileen Huang-Saad is Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Director of Life Sciences and Engineering Programs at Northeastern University.  After 14 years with University of Michigan’s Department of Biomedical Engineering , Aileen joined Northeastern’s new Roux Institute in February 2021 to help launch their new graduate school in Portland, Maine focused on increasing partnerships in higher education to impact the economic development of Maine.  The goal is to provide graduate opportunities to attract, retain and promote talent for the state.  Aileen holds a B.S.E in Bioengineering from University of Pennsylvania, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a MBA from the University of Michigan.  She is a Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Biomedical Engineering Education.


Date:  Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Time:  9:45 am – 11:15 am PST 

Poster Session

Session Title:  Biomedical Engineering Division Poster Session (Works in Progress)

Description: Join the Biomedical Engineering Division’s poster session for a showcase of ongoing effort in educational research or evidence-based practice specific to BME education. Papers in this session are works in progress, and will include ideas that have yet to be put into practice, or studies in which assessment data is still in the process of being collected and analyzed for impact. This interactive session promises novel and implementable takeaways, plus opportunities to provide authors with feedback as they continue to strengthen their BME education studies. 


Date:  Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Time:  1:45 pm – 3:15 pm PST 

Technical Session 7

Session Title:  Improving the BME Classroom – on the Ground and Virtually (Aileen)

Description: BME instructors continuously seek new ways to improve student learning.  In this session, authors will share a number of ways they have sought to improve the student learning experience both online and in the classroom.

Moderators: Nicole Ramo, Instructional Fellow, University of Michigan; Casey Ankeny, Associate Professor of Instruction, Northwestern University


Date:  Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Time:  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm PST 

Business Meeting

Session Title: Business Meeting

Description:  We will discuss the content of the current and future annual meetings, elect officers, and discuss other matters of importance to the biomedical engineering community. This meeting is open to all BED members. A link to the business meeting will be emailed to the BED listserv 15 minutes before the meeting.

2021 Elections: https://sites.asee.org/bed/2021-elections/

Renata F. Ramos, PhD

Associate Teaching Professor

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Rice University

Renata Ramos is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the George R. Brown School of Engineering and an Associate Teaching Professor in the department of Bioengineering at Rice University. She began her career in bioengineering instruction at Rice in 2008, where she has taught several hands-on, project-based courses in biomedical instrumentation, mechanical testing, , medical device troubleshooting, systems physiology, engineering design, engineering fundamentals, biomechanics, biofluids and tissue culture. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tec the Monterrey in Mexico and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering  from the University of Arizona.


Date:  Thursday, July 29, 2021

Time:  11:30 am – 1:00 pm PST 

Special Session

Session Title: The Public Image of BME – Universities’ Role in Defining Perceptions and the Resulting Educational Impact (Meeting Format)

Description:  Why do most first year students think BME is prosthetics? In this moderated open-mike discussion, we will examine the role that universities have in defining the discipline of biomedical engineering and projecting that definition to the scientific and general communities.  We will also examine the impact of these existing perceptions on undergraduate BME recruitment and education.

Mary M. Staehle, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Staehle is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Rowan University. Before joining the faculty at Rowan, Dr. Staehle worked at the Daniel Baugh Institute for Functional Genomics and Computational Biology at Thomas Jefferson University and received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. Her research is in the area of biomedical control systems, specifically neural regeneration and neurodevelopmental toxicity. Dr. Staehle is also particularly interested in biomedical engineering education.

Yanfen Li, PhD.

Dr. Yanfen Li is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She received her PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Her current research is in engineering education with a focus on curriculum development and retention of female and minority students in engineering.

Yah-el Har-el

Dr. Yah-el Har-el is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Bioengineering at Temple University.  Her interests include drug delivery, tissue engineering, wound healing, and bioengineering education.