Beth Rieken

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Beth Rieken is a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering. She has a broad research base spanning a variety of topics within mechanical and aerospace engineering. She completed work on scramjet combustion at the University of Virginia and NASA as an undergraduate. As a Stanford Masters student, she worked in the Pruitt Microsystems Lab where she designed bio-MEMS devices for cell mechanobiology research applications. Since becoming a Ph.D. candidate, she has worked in the Hanson Research Lab researching laser diagnostics for combustion applications, including a year-long project at Sandia National Laboratories. Her experience in many different lab settings has given her the perspective to study the ways that engineers think and solve design problems.

Beth's dissertation is titled Mindfulness & Engineering: a pathway to divergent thinking and innovation. This work spans the intersection of engineering design, education, and psychology and represents pioneering work to understand the benefits of mindfulness to engineering design.

Beth received both an NSF and NDSEG graduate fellowship.  As an undergraduate, she served for three years on the executive board of the Engineering Student Council and received the School of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Student Award. 

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  • Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2012
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia, 2010


Other names: Elizabeth Martin

  • Rieken, B., Schar, M.F., Gilmartin, S., Sheppard, S.D., “Exploring the Relationship between Mindfulness and Innovation in Engineering Students”, Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education, Columbus, OH, June 2017. 
  • Schar, M.F., Gilmartin, S., Rieken, B., Harris, A., Sheppard, S.D., “Innovation Self-Efficacy: Development of a Measurement Scale”, Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education, Columbus, OH, June 2017.
  • Rieken, B., Schar, M.F., Sheppard, S.D., "An Exploration of Trait Mindfulness on Engineering Classroom Performance," Proceedings of Frontiers in Education, Erie PA, Oct 2016. (best paper recognition)
  • Rieken, B., Miller, V., Hanson, R., “Initial Studies of the Fluorescence Properties of Anisole for PLIF Imaging,” Poster, Gordon Research Conference, Waterville Valley, NH, August 2013.
  • Martin, E.F., Chung, C., Pruitt, B.L., "Characterization of Adhesion Proteins for Mechanotransduction Assays,” Poster, MicroTAS, Seattle, WA, October 2011.
  • Martin, E.F., Chung, C., Pruitt, B.L., “Adhesion Proteins for Mechanotransduction Assays,” Poster, Microdevices in Medicine and Biology, Lucern, Switzerland, May 2011.
  • Martin, E.F., Goyne, C.P., and Diskin, G.S., “Analysis of a Tomography Technique for a Scramjet Wind Tunnel,” International Journal of Hypersonics, 2010, 1(3): p.173-180. 
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