Eric Reynolds

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  • +1-650-600-1936
  • Office: 560-116
  • Mailing Address:
    Center for Design Research
    424 Panama Mall
    Building 560
    Stanford, CA 94305-2232

Eric is a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering and a teaching assistant in the Stanford Product Realization Lab.

His research interests are in product development, manufacturing, and education. His work investigates prototyping and experimentation when developing hardware products in new or rapidly changing situations. Currently, he is working with engineering design firms in the US and East Africa. Also, he is conducting multidisciplinary research in engineering education.

From 2010 to 2016, Eric worked at MIT D-Lab where he co-developed and taught two courses. Additionally, he managed the MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups hardware venture accelerator supporting full-time social entrepreneurs primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and India. He has worked extensively in less-industrialized economies, especially Zambia. From 2009 to 2013, Eric co-developed a water chlorination product and helped launch Zimba Water, a for-profit social enterprise based in Kolkata, India. Previously, Eric worked at New England Complex Systems Institute and Battelle Memorial Institute. A proud Buckeye, he is a graduate of Ohio State University (2009) and a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2016).


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, ongoing
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2018
    • Certificate: Design for Customer Value and Market Success
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2009
    • Minors: Philosophy, Chemistry, International Studies


Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

  • Brubaker, Eric Reynolds, Marsie Trego, Kofi Taha, Sheri D. Sheppard. (2018). "A Closer Look at Campus-Community Partnerships in Engineering Education." In Proceedings of the Frontiers In Education Conference. San Jose, CA.
  • Brubaker, Eric Reynolds, Carl Jensen, Sunday Silungwe, Sheri D. Sheppard, and Maria C. Yang. (2017). “Co-Design in Zambia: An Examination of Design Outcomes.” In Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design. Vancouver, BC.
  • Rameseder, Gunther, Maximilian Reithmann, Eric Reynolds Brubaker, and Sheri D. Sheppard. (2017).“The Roots of Entrepreneurial Career Goals among Today’s Engineering Undergraduate Students.” In Proceedings of the 124th Annual American Society for Engineering Education Conference. Columbus, OH. -- Third Place Best Paper Award
  • Brubaker, Eric Reynolds, Mark Schar, and Sheri D. Sheppard. (2017).“Impact-Driven Engineering Students: Contributing Behavioral Correlates.” In Proceedings of the 124th Annual American Society for Engineering Education Conference. Columbus, OH.


  • Das, Suprio, Laura Stupin, Jessica Huang, Eric Reynolds, et al. (2011). An Automated Device for Batch Mixing of One or More Liquids with Water/Fluid in Fixed Volumetric Ratios. Patent No. 692/KOL/2011. India.

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