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

Fellowships and Awards

  • ASEE Educational Research & Methods (ERM) Division Apprentice Faculty Grant, 2013
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education Graduate Travel Scholarship, 2012
  • Stanford Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Fellowship, 2012
  • Stanford G.J. Lieberman Fellowship, 2012 (declined)
  • NSF Graduate Engineering Education Consortium for Students Fellow, Washington, D.C., 2012
  • Stanford Graduate Fellowship, 2012
  • NSF East Asia Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship, declined, 2009
  • Stanford School of Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2008
  • AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship, declined, 2008


  • Brunhaver, S., Gilmartin, S., Chen, H., & Sheppard, S. (2012, November). Factors associated with the current occupational status of early career engineering graduates. Paper presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, pdf.
  • Carrico, C. A., Winters, K. E., Brunhaver, S. R., & Matusovich, H. M. (2012, June). The pathways taken by early career professionals and the factors that contribute to pathway choices. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX. Presenting author. Nominated for Best Paper in College-Industry Partnerships Division. Presenter, pdf.
  • Chen, H. L., Grau, M. M., Brunhaver, S. R., Gilmartin, S. K., Sheppard, S. D., & Warner, M. (2012, June). Designing the Pathways of Engineering Alumni Research Survey (PEARS). Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, San Antonion, TX. Presenter, pdf.
  • Grau, M. M., Warner, M. H., Sheppard, S., & Brunhaver, S. R. (2012, June). Revamping Delta Design for introductory mechanics. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, pdf.
  • Winters, K. E., Matusovich, H. M., & Brunhaver, S. (2012, April). The impacts of economic decline on career decision making among early career engineers. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC.
  • 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, June). Looking at engineering students through a motivation/confidence framework. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, pdf.
  • Atman, C. J., Sheppard, S., Brunhaver, S., Chacra, D., Chen, H. L., Gilmartin, S. K., Kilgore, D., Lande, M., Lichtenstein, G., Lund, D., Smith, K. A., Turns, J. A., & Yasuhara, K. (2011, June). Special session: Discovering implications of the Academic Pathways Study for your campus. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC. Co-presenter, pdf.
  • Brunhaver, S., Korte, R., Lande, M., & Sheppard, S. (2010, June). Supports and barriers that recent engineering graduates experience in the workplace. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Louisville, KY, pdf.


  • Sheppard, S., Damon, B., Chen, H., Gilmartin, S., Brunhaver, S., et al. (2013, January). Engineering Pathways Study: The college-career transition informing educational practice. Poster presented at the National Science Foundation TUES Principal Investigators Conference. Washington, D.C. Co-presenter.
  • Brown, P. R., Brunhaver, S., Carrico, C., Ekoniak, M., & Matusovich, H. (2012, October). Informed decisions about majors and possible careers in engineering. Presentation at the IEEE/Frontiers in Education Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. Co-presenter.
  • Parisi-Amon, A., Simmons, C., LeBlanc, S., Brunhaver, S., Steele, K., Barako, M., Greenwood-Goodwin, M., Claussen, S., & Parikh, S. (2012, June). Organizing principles for launching a new chapter: Experiences at Stanford University. Poster presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC. Presenter.
  • Gilmartin, S. K., Antonio, A. L., Chen, H. L., Brunhaver, S. R., & Sheppard, S. D. (2012, April). Retaining engineers: Influences on the postgraduate plans of U.S. undergraduate engineering students in and out of the engineering field. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Puerto Rico.
  • Brunhaver, S., Matusovich, H., Carrico, C., Winters, K., & Kilgore, D. (2011, October). Engineering Pathways Study: Illuminating the college-to-career transition with qualitative interviews. Poster presented at the Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. Presenter.

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