Samantha Brunhaver

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Samantha Brunhaver

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Contact

  • sbrunhaver@stanford.edu
  • Center for Design Research
    Stanford University
    424 Panama Mall Room 116
    Stanford, CA 94305-2232


About

Sam Brunhaver is a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. She also has a Ph.D. minor in Education. Her primary research focuses on the pathways of students and alumni in engineering fields. Her dissertation explores and models the factors that affect recent engineering alumni's plans to work in an engineering position. She is undertaking this work as part of the NSF funded Engineering Pathways Study (EPS).

Sam’s teaching interests include introductory engineering courses, solid mechanics courses, and design courses. Her teaching interests in education include research methods, course design, student development, and evaluation and assessment. At Stanford she has served as a co-instructor for a graduate engineering education seminar and as a teaching assistant for statics, finite element analysis, and design for manufacturing courses. Currently she contributes to the course redesign of ENGR Intro to Solid Mechanics. She is an invited member of the Stanford Mechanical Engineering Department ABET assessment committee and had served as an external evaluator for an NSF Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) program at Stanford. 

Sam is a Stanford DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence) Fellow. For the three years, she was co-president of the Stanford Mechanical Engineering Women’s Group. She is also a founding member of the Stanford American Society for Engineering Education student chapter. As an undergraduate, Sam did co-ops and internships at The Procter & Gamble Company, The Boston Scientific Corporation, and A.W. Chesterton. 


Curriculum vitae

Personal webpage


Education

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, June 2014 (expected)
  • Ph.D. Minor in Education, Stanford University
  • Certificate in Product Creation and Innovative Manufacturing, Stanford University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2010
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2008


Publications

  • Sheppard, S., Antonio, A., Brunhaver, S., & Gilmartin, S. (In press.) Studying the career pathwasy of engineers: An illustration with two datasets. In Eds. A. Johri & B. Olds, Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research
  • Brunhaver, S., Gilmartin, S., Chen, H., Grau, M., Matusovich, H., Winters, K., Carrico, C., & Sheppard, S. (2013). Differences in the work characteristics and experiences of early career engineering graduates. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. pdf
  • Brunhaver, S., Gilmartin, S. K., Chen, H. L., Grau, M. M., & Sheppard, S. (2013). Not all the same: A look at early career engineers employed in different sub-occupations. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. pdf.
  • Schar, M., Sheppard, S., Brunhaver, S., Cuson, M., & Grau, M. M. (2013). Bending moments to business models: Integrating an entrepreneurship case study as part of a core mechanical engineering curriculum. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. pdf
  • Scutt, H. I. Gilmartin, S. K., Sheppard, S., & Brunhaver, S. (2013). Research-informed practices for inclusive science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classrooms: Strategies for educators to close the gender gap. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. pdf
  • Winters, K. E., Matusovich, H. M., Brunhaver, S., Chen, H. L., Yasuhara, K., & Sheppard., S. (2013). From freshman engineering students to practicing professionals: Changes in beliefs about important skills over time. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. pdf
  • Brunhaver, S., Gilmartin, S., Chen, H. L., & Sheppard, S. (2012). Factors associated with the current occupational status of early career engineering graduates. Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV. pdf
  • Brunhaver, S. R., Lande, M., Sheppard, S. D., & Carryer, J. E. (2012). Fostering an enterprising learning ecology for engineers. International Journal of Engineering Education, 28(2): 355-363.
  • Carrico, C. A., Winters, K. E., Brunhaver, S., & Matusovich, H. M. (2012). The pathways taken by early career professionals and the factors that contribute to pathway choices. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, San Antonio. TX. pdf
  • Chen, H. L., Grau, M. M., Brunhaver, S., Gilmartin, S. K., Sheppard, S., & Warner, M. (2012). Designing the Pathways of Engineering Alumni Research Survey (PEARS). American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, San Antonio. TX. pdf
  • Grau, M. M., Sheppard, S., & Brunhaver, S. (2012). Revamping Delta Design for introductory mechanics. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, San Antonio. TX. pdf
  • Winters, K. E., Matusovich, H. M., & Brunhaver, S. (2012). The impacts of economic decline on career decision making among early career engineers. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B. C. pdf
  • Brunhaver, S., Eris. O., & Sheppard, S. (2011). Looking at engineering students through a motivation/confidence framework. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C. pdf 
  • Brunhaver, S., Korte, R., Lande, M., & Sheppard, S. (2010). Supports and barriers that recent engineering graduates experience in the workplace. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Louisville, KY. pdf
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