Samantha Brunhaver

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Contact

  • sbrunhaver@stanford.edu
  • 650-630-9397
  • Center for Design Research
    Stanford University
    424 Panama Mall, Bldg. 560
    Stanford, CA 94305-2206


About

Samantha (Sam) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. Her research focuses on early career engineering pathways and the effect of sociocognitive factors on career persistence. Samantha’s academic interests include introductory solid mechanics, design thinking, and engineering education. She has served as a teaching assistant for statics, finite element analysis, and design for manufacturing courses at Stanford. She has also been a researcher at the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education as part of the Academic Pathways Study and is currently a member of the follow-up Engineering Pathways Study research team.

Samantha has been a co-president of the Stanford Mechanical Engineering Women’s Group since 2010 and was a founding member of the Stanford student chapter of the American Society for Engineering Education in 2009. Samantha also has industry experience working at The Procter & Gamble Company and Boston Scientific.

Curriculum Vitae, pdf


Samantha (Sam) Brunhaver is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. Her primary research interests include engineering education, engineering career pathways, and the school-to-work transition among engineering graduates. Her dissertation focuses on the effects of sociocognitive factors on early career engineering persistence. Samantha is a Stanford Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Fellow. She has been co-president of the Stanford Mechanical Engineering Women's Group for three years and was a founding member of the Stanford student chapter of the American Society for Engineering Education. Samantha holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. She also holds a Ph. D. minor in Higher Education. After earning her doctorate, Samantha hopes to work as a faculty member and administrator within an engineering education program.

Education

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


Publications

  • Brunhaver, S., Gilmartin, S., Chen, H., & Sheppard, S. (2012). Factors associated with the current occupational status of early career engineering graduates. Paper to be presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, pdf.
  • Carrico, C. A., Winters, K. E., Brunhaver, S. R., & Matusovich, H. M. (2012). The pathways taken by early career professionals and the factors that contribute to pathway choices. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, June 10-13. Presenting author. Nominated for Best Paper in College-Industry Partnerships Division, pdf.
  • Chen, H. L., Grau, M. M., Brunhaver, S. R., Gilmartin, S. K., Sheppard, S. D., & Warner, M. (2012). Designing the Pathways of Engineering Alumni Research Survey (PEARS). Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, June 10-13, pdf.
  • Grau, M. M., Warner, M. H., Sheppard, S., & Brunhaver, S. R. (2012). Revamping Delta Design for introductory mechanics. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, June 10-13, pdf.
  • Winters, K. E., Matusovich, H. M., & Brunhaver, S. (2012). The impacts of economic decline on career decision making among early career engineers. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC, April 13-17.
  • 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.
  • Brunhaver, S., Eris. O., & Sheppard, S. (2011). Looking at engineering students through a motivation/confidence framework. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, June 26–29, pdf.
  • Atman, C. J., Sheppard, S., Brunhaver, S., Chacra, D., Chen, H. L., Gilmartin, S. K., Kilgore, D., Lande, M., Lichtenstein, G., Lund, D., Smith, K. A., Turns, J. A., & Yasuhara, K. (2011). Special session: Discovering implications of the Academic Pathways Study for Your Campus. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, June 26–29, 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, June 20–23, lpdfink.


Presentations

  • Brown, P. R., Brunhaver, S., Carrico, C., Ekoniak, M., & Matusovich, H. (2012). Informed decisions about majors and possible careers in engineering. Presentation at the IEEE/Frontiers in Education Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, October 4-6. (Co-presenter).
  • Parisi-Amon, A., Simmons, C., LeBlanc, S., Brunhaver, S., Steele, K., Barako, M., Greenwood-Goodwin, M., Claussen, S., & Parikh, S. (2012). Organizing principles for launching a new chapter: Experiences at Stanford University. Poster presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, June 10-13. (Presenter).
  • Gilmartin, S. K., Antonio, A. L., Chen, H. L., Brunhaver, S. R., & Sheppard, S. D. (2012). Retaining engineers: Influences on the postgraduate plans of U.S. undergraduate engineering students in and out of the engineering field. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Puerto Rico, April 22-27.
  • Brunhaver, S., Matusovich, H., Carrico, C., Winters, K., & Kilgore, D. (2011). Engineering Pathways Study: Illuminating the college-to-career transition with qualitative interviews. Poster presented at the Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, October 13-15.


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