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. Her primary research interests include engineering education, engineering career pathways, and engineering students’ transition from school into the workplace. Samantha’s dissertation explores the effects of social and cognitive factors on early career engineering graduates’ current occupation and future career plans. She is undertaking this work as part of the National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Pathways Study (EPS).

Samantha’s teaching interests include design and manufacturing, statics and solid mechanics, introductory engineering, senior capstone, and engineering education. At Stanford she has served as a teaching assistant for statics, finite element analysis, and design for manufacturing courses, and as a co-instructor for a graduate-level engineering education seminar. She contributed to the course design of Engineering 14: Intro to Solid Mechanics. She has also done program evaluation work for both the Stanford Mechanical Engineering Department ABET assessment committee and the National Science Foundation Emerging Frontiers in Research Innovation (EFRI) Research in Mentoring (REM) program.

Samantha is a Stanford DARE Fellow. For the past three years, she has been co-president of the Stanford Mechanical Engineering Women’s Group, which holds an annual seminar series and welcome reception for graduate engineering women. She is also a founding member of the Stanford student chapter of the American Society for Engineering Education. Samantha has industry experience working at The Procter & Gamble Company, The Boston Scientific Corporation, and A.W. Chesterton. 

Curriculum vitae, pdf


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Fall 2013 (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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