Amber Levine

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  • Center for Design Research
    Stanford University
    424 Panama Mall, Bldg. 560
    Stanford, CA 94305-2206


Amber Levine is a junior majoring in Architectural Design and minoring in dance. She has always been fascinated by Newtonian mechanics and understanding how the world around her functions, as well as creating objects or experiences that invite others to think or feel something they usually do not notice. The field of engineering appeals to her because it seems to synthesize curiosity, experimentation, cretivity and empathy.

She became interested in education when working at Stanford's Hume Center for Writing and Speaking as both a peer writing tutor and a research assistant for a study relating tutoring strategies to a tutee's motivation to revise. This also sparked her interest in education research, as she enjoyed the challenge of coding qualitative data and became fascinated by the process of attempting to find a research question that balanced feasibiltiy and impact.

In Stanford's architecture program, she has had the good fortune to experience an alternative style of teaching called the Harkness method, which is a student-focused style where the instructor guides discussions but does not lecture or dominate the classroom experience. In one particularly challenging class, students struggled to crowd-source knowledge about a tricky technique ( perspective drawing ). This led to her increased curiosity about how inclusive, collaborative, and intrinsic-motivation-based teaching practices could be adapted to techical fields such as engineering.

Her current projects with DEL include exploring classes both at Stanford and other universities that adress culture, diversity and gender in engineering as well as digging into data from the EMS 2.0 survey, focusing on what engineering students feel they learned about education through completing it.

In her free time, Amber enjoys taking high flying trapeze and aerial silks classes, dancing around on stilts, drawing, reading, and writing.


  • B.S., Architectural Design, Stanford University, 2018 (expected)
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