Khine Appointed UCI Undergrad Education Associate Dean

Michelle Khine brings her research, entrepreneurship and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion to her new appointment as DUE associate dean. Steve Zylius/UCI

May 6, 2021 – The UC Irvine Division of Undergraduate Education has appointed Michelle Khine, professor of biomedical engineering, as the next associate dean. 

Khine joined the Samueli School of Engineering in 2009 and serves as the director of Faculty Innovation and founding director of the BioENGINE (BioENGineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship) program. She also has joint appointments in chemical & biomolecular engineering, materials science & engineering, and electrical engineering.

A fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Khine blends her engineering research with entrepreneurship and has co-founded six start-up companies. She has also received the MIT TR35 Award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the NIH New Innovator Award and been named Fast Company magazine’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, Marie-Claire magazine’s Women on Top: Top Scientist, and a Diverse Issues in Higher Education Trailblazer. 

The Khine Lab’s mission is dedicated to “improving human health by developing innovative, low-cost and scalable point-of-care and continuous monitoring solutions.” Khine inspires and encourages students to pursue laboratory and academic research and entrepreneurship. She is involved with numerous DUE programs, including the ANTrepreneur Center and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Khine has been committed to campuswide issues of equity, diversity and inclusion for STEM majors, including creating the FITE (Females Impacting Technology Everywhere) Club. 

“I'm honored and thrilled to serve as associate dean for Division of Undergraduate Education because our undergraduates here at UCI are truly phenomenal,” said Khine. “It's been a rough year – I cannot imagine how difficult it must be as a college student amidst a global pandemic, but our students are strong and resilient, and I look forward to helping to support them through this new role.”

Khine’s appointment is effective July 1, 2021.

– Tonya Becerra