The Roux Institute’s academic leadership team includes three all-star faculty members who blend innovation with academia, designing learning experiences for Roux Institute students and partners that are grounded in professional practice with a forward-thinking approach.
“I’m delighted to be joined by three innovative and energetic colleagues who are very creative and collaborative, and who are dedicated to delivering high quality programming for our learners,” said Mike Pollastri, Senior Vice Provost for Portland and Academic Lead of the Roux Institute. “The three of them bring a really cool synergy to the work they do together, based on their unique combination of backgrounds in academics and in industry. Since all three are new to Northeastern, they bring a fresh perspective to our experiential education mandate.”
Aileen Huang-Saad, Director of Life Sciences and Engineering, has spent the last 14 years at the University of Michigan creating programs to transform student experiences, closing the gap between higher education and practice. Prior to entering higher education, she worked in new venture biotech, the defense industry, and medical device testing. Huang-Saad’s current research areas are entrepreneurship, innovation, and transforming higher education, and she wants her students to have more real-world experience than she had when she was a new biomedical engineer.
“I want to provide students with real-world and classroom learnings so that they are prepared to be the best possible candidates for any job and have something meaningful to talk about at an interview.” Having observed that experiential learning successfully encouraged entrepreneurship in her students, her research is focused on how evidence-based practices transform student learning and outcomes.
Director of Computing Programs, Bruce Maxwell, has over 15 years of experience working in the startup space and believes the Roux Institute “provides an opportunity to combine entrepreneurship and academics to customize and create content that addresses specific needs that results in an excellent, hands-on learning experience for our learners.” Maxwell is also a professor and former chair of the Computer Science Department at Colby College, a Roux Institute academic partner.
Dan Koloski, Director of Professional Programs, spent two decades in the software industry, working in application development, product management and partnerships, and helping lead a spin-out and sale from a venture-backed company (Empirix) to Oracle. “Everyone on the team comes with the high energy of a start-up, and we’re all committed to figuring out how to provide the best possible experience for our learners.”