Samantha (Sam) Brunhaver

   
   Ph.D. Candidate
  Mechanical Engineering 
  Stanford University
  Center for Design Research
  424 Panama Mall Room 116
  Stanford, CA 94305
  sbrunhaver (at) stanford.edu

Bio

I am a Ph.D. student in the Designing Education Lab at Stanford University, where I work with Professor Sheri Sheppard. I also have a Ph.D. minor in Education. I previously earned my M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2010 and my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in 2008. I am currently supported by a diversity fellowship at Stanford as DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence). Prior to coming to Stanford, I was a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. 

Here is my curriculum vitae.


Research

My research aims to improve engineering education in ways that increase the retention, diversity, and quality of the engineering workforce. Specifically, I study the career decision-making and skill development of engineering students and graduates. Using longitudinal and mixed method approaches, I particularly focus on how engineering students develop their competencies and identities as engineers, and how this development relates to their persistence and satisfaction in engineering majors and careers.

My dissertation, titled “Characterizing the Career Paths and Persistence Rates of Recent Engineering Alumni”, explores and models the factors associated with recent engineering graduates' decisions to work in engineering fields. The data for this work comes from the Pathways of Engineering Alumni Research Survey (PEARS) which is part of the NSF funded Engineering Pathways Study. 

I have also collaborated on several journal articles and conference papers related to curricular tools and pedagogy.

Teaching

One of my passions is teaching and mentoring students. In 2012, I co-taught a graduate seminar called ENGR 313 Topics in Engineering Education: Assessment. At Stanford I have also been a teaching assistant for ENGR 14 Applied Mechanics: Statics, ME 309 Finite Element Analysis in Mechanical Design, ME 317A Design for Manufacturability: Product Definition, and ME 317B Design for Manufacturability: Quality by Design. Over the years I have also mentored several summer undergraduate researchers.

My teaching interests in engineering include introductory engineering courses, solid mechanics courses, and design courses. My education-related teaching interests include research methods, course design, student development, and evaluation and assessment.


Service

At Stanford, I have been very active in service. For three years, I was co-chair of the Stanford Mechanical Engineering Women’s Group, which hosts an annual welcome reception and seminar series for all graduate engineering women. I co-founded the Stanford American Society for Engineering Education student chapter and served as its Vice President of Member Affairs (2009-2010) and Vice President of Records (2012-2013).

I am a reviewer for the Journal of Engineering Education, the International Journal of Engineering Education, the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, and the Frontiers in  Education Annual Conference. I regularly chair sessions at the ASEE conference. 

In my local community, I have also volunteered with the Girl Scouts, FIRST LEGO League, MATHCOUNTS, and the Society of Women Engineers. 


Industry & Consulting

As an undergraduate at Northeastern University, I had three six-month co-op experiences. I have been a test engineering co-op at A.W. Chesterton and Boston Scientific. I have also been a product design and validation co-op at Boston Scientific. During the summer between my undergraduate and graduate studies, I was a reliability engineering co-op at Procter & Gamble.

Since 2010, I have been an invited member of the Stanford Mechanical Engineering department's ABET accreditation committee, for which I lead the data collection and analysis of student outcomes. I have also served as an external evaluator for an NSF Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) program at Stanford.


Coursework

Here is a sampling of the graduate courses I have taken at Stanford:

Engineering
-Design for Manufacturability
-Design for Service Innovation
-Total Product Integration
-Foresight & Innovation
-Sustainable Product Development &  Manufacturing
-Finite Element Analysis in Mechanical  Design
-Mechanics
Education
-Beyond Bits & Atoms: Designing  Technological Tools
-Educating Young STEM Thinkers
-Student Development & the Study of    College Impact
-Research Seminar in Higher Education
-Navigating the Academic Profession
Methods
-Qualitative Research Methods
-Statistical Methods for the Behavioral & Social  Sciences
-Statistical Methods in Engineering & the  Physical Sciences


Publications

Sheri Sheppard, Anthony Antonio, Samantha Brunhaver, & Shannon Gilmartin
Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research, Cambridge University Press, in press

Samantha Brunhaver, Shannon Gilmartin, Helen Chen, Michelle Grau, Holly Matusovich, Katherine Winters, Cheryl Carrico, and Sheri Sheppard
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, 2013

Samantha Brunhaver, Shannon Gilmartin, Helen Chen, Michelle Grau, & Sheri Sheppard
American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, 2013

Mark Schar, Sheri Sheppard, Samantha Brunhaver, Mark Cuson, & Michelle Grau
American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, 2013

Helena Scutt, Shannon Gilmartin, Sheri Sheppard, & Samantha Brunhaver
American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, 2013

Katherine Winters, Holly Matusovich, Samantha Brunhaver, Helen Chen, Ken Yasuhara, & Sheri Sheppard
American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, 2013

Samantha Brunhaver, Shannon Gilmartin, Helen Chen, and Sheri Sheppard
Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference, 2012

Cheryl Carrico, Katherine Winters, Samantha Brunhaver, & Holly Matusovich
American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, 2012

Helen Chen, Michelle Grau, Samantha Brunhaver, Shannon Gilmartin, Sheri Sheppard, & Michelle Warner
American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, 2012

Michelle Grau, Sheri Sheppard, & Samantha Brunhaver
American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, 2012

Katherine Winters, Holly Matusovich, and Samantha Brunhaver
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, 2012

Samantha Brunhaver, Micah Lande, Sheri, Sheppard, & Edward Carryer
International Journal of Engineering Education, 28(2), 2012, 355-363

Samantha Brunhaver, Ozgur Eris, & Sheri Sheppard
American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, 2011

Samantha Brunhaver, Russell Korte, Micah Lande, & Sheri Sheppard
American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, 2010