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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 and motivation to pursue engineering education research.

Beth’s primary research interest is on the effects of mindfulness in collaborative engineering design solutions. She has worked in STEM outreach with both the Haas Science in Service program and Engineering is Elementary program. She has also studied in the Stanford School of Education, served as a TA for Intro to Fluid Mechanics, and was part of an NSF-funded project run through the CETL at the University of Washington studying pioneers in engineering education.

Beth recieved 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 recieved 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


  • Rieken, E.F., Miller, V., & Hanson, R. (2013). Initial Studies of the Fluorescence Properties of Anisole for PLIF Imaging. Gordon Research Conference on Laser Diagnostics in Combustion, Waterville Valley, NH.
  • Martin, E.F., Chung, C., & Pruitt, B.L. (2011). Characterization of Adhesion Proteins for Mechanotransduction Assays. Proceedings of MicroTAS, Seattle, WA.
  • Martin, E.F., Chung, C., & Pruitt, B.L., (2011). Adhesion Proteins for Mechanotransduction Assays. Proceedings of Microdevices in Medicine and Biology, Lucern, Switzerland.
  • Martin, E.F., Goyne, C.P., & Diskin, G.S. (2010). Analysis of a Tomography Technique for a Scramjet Wind Tunnel. International Journal of Hypersonics, 1(3): p. 173-180.
  • Bryner, E., Sharma, M.G., Goyne, C.P., Krauss, R.H., Snyder, M., McDaniel, J.C., Martin, E.F., & Diskin, G.S. (2010). Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Technique Development for Determination of Spatially Resolved Water Concentration and Temperature. 48th AIAA Aerospace Science Meeting, AIAA-2010-299, Orlando, FL.
  • Davidow, S., Duff, D.G., Womack, B.T., Higgins, G.J., Daus, W.C., Zhou, S., Martin, E.F. (2006). Design of multi-tier networks to support data-intensive applications. Optical Fiber Communication Conference, Anaheim, CA.
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