Samantha Brunhaver

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Samantha Brunhaver



  • 650-630-9397
  • Center for Design Research
    Stanford University
    Building 560, Room 116
    424 Panama Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-2206


Samantha (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).

Samantha’s teaching interests include introductory engineering, statics, solid mechanics, engineering design, and senior capstone design. 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. 

Samantha 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, Samantha did co-ops and internships at The Procter & Gamble Company, The Boston Scientific Corporation, and A.W. Chesterton. 

Curriculum vitae

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  • 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

Select Publications

  • Brunhaver, S., Gilmartin, S. K., Chen, H. L., Grau, M. M., Warner, 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, June 23-26. (Presenter).
  • Brunhaver, S., Gilmartin, S., Chen, H., Grau, M., Warner, 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, April 27-May 1. (Presenter).
  • 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, November 15-17. (Presenter), 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.
  • 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., June 26-29. (Presenter), 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. (Presenter), pdf.
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