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Samantha Brunhaver

Samantha BrunhaverSamantha Brunhaver, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Engineering Program
The Polytechnic School
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

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Areas of Expertise
Engineering student persistence, engineering career pathways, school-to-work transition of new engineers, development of new engineering pedagogy, qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods

Samantha R. Brunhaver, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor within The Polytechnic School, one of six schools in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. She teaches undergraduate courses in user-centered design and engineering mechanics in the Polytechnic engineering program. Her research uses longitudinal and mixed-method (surveys and interviews) data to examine the career pathways and persistence of engineering students, engineering graduates, and practicing engineers. She also conducts studies of new engineering pedagogy with aim to improve student engagement and learning. Brunhaver’s publications have appeared in several venues, including the International Journal of Engineering Education, the Journal of Engineering Entrepreneurship, the Journal of Women & Minorities in Science & Engineering, and Human Resource Development Quarterly.

Brunhaver completed her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Northeastern University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. She was previously at the Center for Design Research at Stanford University where she was involved in the Academic Pathways Study and the Engineering Pathways Study as part of the NSF-funded Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education. She is currently co-investigator of a third pathways grant, the Professional Engineering Pathways Study, focused on (1) understanding how engineering undergraduate students’ college experiences influence their career plans for after graduation, and (2) developing a community of university faculty, administrators, and staff dedicated to improving the career services and advising offered to these students.

Brunhaver is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, the American Educational Research Association, and Tau Beta Pi. She is a past recipient of the ASEE Educational Research Methods Division Apprentice Faculty Grant. Prior to her graduate studies, Brunhaver worked as an engineer at A. W. Chesterton, Boston Scientific, and Procter & Gamble.

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2015
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2010
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2008

Awards, Honors, Memberships
ASEE Educational Research Methods Division Apprentice Faculty Grant
Member, American Society for Engineering Education
Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Member, Society of Women Engineers
Member, American Educational Research Association
Member, Tau Beta Pi

Recent Publications
Korte, R. F., Brunhaver, S. R., & Sheppard, S. D. (2015). (Mis)Interpretations of organizational socialization: The expectations and experiences of newcomers and managers. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 26(2), 185-208.

Brunhaver, S., Carrico, C., Matusovich, H., Streveler, R., Boylan-Ashraf, P., & Sheppard, S. (2015). Professional Engineering Pathways Study: A longitudinal study of early career preparedness and decision-making. ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, El Paso, TX, 10/21-10/24.

Carberry, A., Kellam, N., Brunhaver, S., Sugar, T., & McKenna, A. (2015). Product archaeology: Excavating engineering identities. Research in Engineering Education Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, 7/13-7/15.

Brunhaver, S., Gilmartin, S., Chen, H., Matusovich, H., & Sheppard, S. (2015). Comparing disparate outcome measures for better understanding of engineering graduates. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, 6/14-6/17.

Csavina, K., Carberry, A., & Brunhaver, S. (2015). Comparison of written versus verbal peer feedback for design projects. Mudd Design Workshop IX, Claremont, CA, 5/28-5/30.

Steele, K. M., Brunhaver, S., & Sheppard, S. (2014). Shortening the feedback loop improves performance on the Statics Concept Inventory. International Journal of Engineering Education, 30(4), 992-999.

Winters, K. E., Matusovich, H. M., & Brunhaver, S. (2014). Engineering graduates making career choices: Family matters. Journal of Women & Minorities in Science & Engineering, 20(4), 293-316.

Schar, M., Sheppard, S., Brunhaver, S., Cuson, M., & Grau, M. M. (2014). Bending moments to business models: Integrating an entrepreneurship case study as part of core mechanical engineering curriculum. The Journal of Engineering Entrepreneurship, 5(1): 1-18.

Sheppard, S. D., Antonio, A. L., Brunhaver, S. R., & Gilmartin, S. K. (2014). Studying the career pathways of engineers: An illustration with two datasets. In Eds. A. Johri & B. Olds, Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research, Cambridge University Press.

Rodriguez, R., Chen, H. L., Sheppard, S., Jin, Q., & Brunhaver, S. (2014). Exploring entrepreneurial characteristics and experiences of engineering alumni. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 6/15-6/18.

Recent Presentations
“Investigating the work and occupations of early career engineering graduates”. (2014). National Academy of Engineering Workshop on Pathways for Engineering Talent, Washington, D.C., 11/19.