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Humera Fasihuddin


Humera Fasihuddin oversees all things Student Ambassador for NCIIA, working closely with Stanford in the Epicenter. She launched the Student Ambassador program in 2010 with a dozen students; it has grown to more than double that number within two years. She plans to continue that growth, having just developed and completed the first online Student Ambassadors Candidates training, benchmarking Stanford’s acclaimed Massive Open Online Courseware (MOOC) best practices. Prior to this, Humera led NCIIA’s mentoring initiatives, launching NCIIA’s first foray into advanced accelerator-like workshops for student and faculty teams. Humera also helped start up and grow BMEidea and BMEStart, NCIIA’s biomedical engineering competitions. She joined the NCIIA staff in 2005, initially as a consultant, when she was tasked with scaling to scale the Invention to Venture workshop series, which she helped grow from 5 to 40 annually. Prior to joining NCIIA, Humera founded Edical May, a manufacturing and business development company enabling scale-up of new medical devices. From 2001 to 2005, Humera spearheaded the creation of the Regional Technology Corporation. Humera began her career at materials manufacturer Intelicoat, where she worked her way up from operations to technical support and finally to managing a $40 million business unit in the CAD arena and cultivating a new digital proofing business unit. Humera earned her MBA from UMass-Amherst in 2000 and her B.S. in Mathematics (minor in Economics) from Smith College in 1992. Outside of NCIIA, Humera has many interests including her work on the school committee, the family farm, and her own start-up efforts in materials manufacturing.