Director, First-Year Design Program
Innovations in undergraduate engineering education, particularly new pedagogical methods that broaden students’ problem solving skills and design thinking.
Ann Saterbak is director of the Duke Engineering First-Year Experience and a professor of the practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She is a nationally recognized engineering educator with a focus on creating undergraduate programs that broaden students problem solving skills through real-world problems, inquiry-based learning, and hands-on experiences. In fall 2017, she launched a new hands-on design course for first-year Pratt students.
Before coming to Duke, she was the associate dean for engineering education and full teaching professor in bioengineering in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University. At Rice, she launched a successful first-year engineering design course in which students solved community-based, client-driven problems and built physical prototypes. Her outstanding teaching at Rice was recognized by four university-wide teaching awards. She is the lead author of the textbook Bioengineering Fundamentals.
For her contribution to education within biomedical engineering, she was elected a fellow in the Biomedical Engineering Society and the American Society of Engineering Education. Saterbak has been a frequent presenter of educational materials at annual ASEE and BMES conferences. In building the undergraduate bioengineering laboratory at Rice, she applied four years of industry experience working at the Shell Development Company.
- Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1995
- Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
- Director of the Duke Engineering First Year Experience
- Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- AIMBE Professional Impact Award. American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering. 2022
- Lois and John L. Imhoff Distinguished Teaching Award. Pratt School of Engineering. 2019
- Fellow. American Institute of Medicine and Biology. 2015
- Nicolas Salgo Distinguished Teacher Award. Rice University. 2015
- Fellow. American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). 2014
- George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching. Rice University. 2013
- Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award. ASEE BED National Award. 2013
- Fellow. Biomedical Engineering Society. 2012
- George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Rice University. 2011
- Robert G. Quinn Award for Excellence in Laboratory Instruction. ASEE National Award. 2007
- BME 260L: Modeling Cellular and Molecular Systems
- BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- EGR 95FS: First Year seminar in Focus
- EGR 101L: Engineering Design and Communication
- EGR 102L: Design to Deliver
- HOUSECS 59: House Course