Curriculum Vitae

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Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, December 2017
Dissertation: Mindfulness & Engineering: A Pathway to Divergent Thinking and Innovation
Advisor: Sheri Sheppard

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, June 2012

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia, May 2010
Undergraduate Thesis: Analysis of a Tomography Technique for a Scramjet Wind Tunnel

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, June 2006


National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, Awarded April 2011
National Science Foundation GRFP, Awarded April 2010
Stanford Engineering Fellowship (declined), Awarded February 2010
First Round Interview Finalist, Hertz Fellowship 2011


ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference Dasher Best Paper Award Winner, 2016
Rodman Scholar, UVA Engineering Honors Program, 2006 – 2010
Ammon S. Andes National Sigma Gamma Tau Award, 2010
Sigma Gamma Tau Outstanding Student Award, 2010
SEAS Outstanding Student Award, 2010
Lois T. Rader Award in Aerospace Engineering, 2010
Lockheed Martin Distinguished Student Award, 2009
Edgar F. Shannon Jr. Award for Leadership & Academic Achievement, 2008

Technical Skills

Working Knowledge: Matlab, Igor Pro, R
Basic Knowledge: LabVIEW, Python, C, Fortran

Research Experience

Graduate Fellow in the Designing Education Lab
Stanford University, July 2015-Present
Created and analyzed survey instruments to assess the relationship between mindfulness and innovative engineering behaviors.
Designed an intervention to study the effect of meditation on divergent thinking in engineering design problem solving.
Collaborated with the Mechanical Engineering Department on curriculum redesign and improved undergraduate advising.

Graduate Fellow in the Hanson Group
Stanford University, August 2012-June 2015
Visitor at the Combustion Research Facility
Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore CA, June 2014-June 2015 
Characterized the optical properties of soot (black carbon particles) using laser diagnostics.
Characterized the fluorescent properties of tracer molecules for use in quantitative PLIF imaging.
Performed independent experiments involving multiple pieces of hardware (pulsed lasers, pressure sensors, thermocouples, CCD cameras, flow meters, etc) and their integration with software programs.

Graduate Fellow in the Pruitt Microsystems Lab
Stanford University, August 2010 – July 2012
Designed microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) using soft lithography techniques.
Fabricated methods to create biomechanically relevant cell culture systems to study mechanotransduction in monolayer-type cells.

Intern at Northrop Grumman Information Technology
Summer 2010, Winter 2008, Mar 2006-Aug 2007, Aug 2005-Feb 2006
Analyzed data from meteorological satellites, sky imagers, and numerical weather simulations.
Modeled TCP variants for use in High Performance Computing to transfer large amounts of weather data over a network.

Design Team Leader, 4th Year Aerospace Design Team
University of Virginia, August 2009 – May 2010
Directed a team of 30 students to design an amphibious tiltrotor rescue aircraft in response to the NASA student aeronautics competition. The team won third place in a national competition.

Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Aerospace Research Lab
University of Virginia, November 2007 – May 2010
Optimized a tomographic data collection technique using a MATLAB simulation of experimental scramjet combustion data.

NASA Glenn Research Center Intern
Summer 2008
Conducted a numerical simulation of the combustion process in the UVa Scramjet Test Facility using a control volume code.

Teaching Experience

Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Restructuring, Teaching Assistant
Fall 2016-Summer 2017
Assisted in the restructuring of the BSME degree, including designing a new undergraduate advising program.

Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Advising Pilot Program, Co-Instructor
Winter 2016
Developed an advising pilot program to promote improved undergraduate advising in the ME department.

Undergraduate Fluid Mechanics (ME 70), Teaching Assistant
Spring 2014
Led weekly review lectures and held office hours for homework assistance.

Professional Experience

Department Education Specialist Training Workshop
July 2017
Training led by Dr. Carl Wieman on the science of learning and teaching applied to STEM classrooms in higher education.

Student Undergraduate Research Intern (SURI) Program, Mentor
Summer 2015, Summer 2016
Research and professional mentoring of Designing Education Lab summer interns.

American Society for Engineering Education, Stanford Graduate Student Chapter
2014 – 2017
President 2016-2017; promoted engineering education best practices in the Stanford community through monthly workshops and an annual research colloquium.

Science in Service, Student Coordinator
2012 – 2014
Mentored elementary school students in science and engineering; coordinated mentor training.


Other names: Elizabeth Frances Martin

Journal Articles
Martin, E.F., Goyne, C.P., and Diskin, G.S., “Analysis of a Tomography Technique for a Scramjet Wind Tunnel,” International Journal of Hypersonics,2010, 1(3): p. 173-180.

Conference Proceedings
Rieken, B., Schar, M.F., Gilmartin, S., Sheppard, S.D., “Exploring the Relationship between Mindfulness and Innovation in Engineering Students”, Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education, Columbus, OH, June 2017.

<Schar, M.F., Gilmartin, S., Rieken, B., Harris, A., Sheppard, S.D., “Innovation Self-Efficacy: Development of a Measurement Scale”, Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education, Columbus, OH, June 2017.

Pink, S., Rieken, B., Bjorklund, T., Sheppard, S.D., “What Makes an Inquisitive Engineer?”, Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education, Columbus, OH, June 2017.

Rieken, B., Schar, M.F., Sheppard, S.D., “Trait Mindfulness in an Engineering Classroom,” Proceedings of Frontiers in Education, Erie PA, Oct 2016. (best paper recognition)

Chew, K.J., Rieken, B., Chen, H.L., Turpin, A., Breed, A., Sheppard, S.D., “Improving Students’ Learning in Statics Skills: Using Homework and Exam Wrappers to Strengthen Self-Regulated Learning”, Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, New Orleans, LA, June 2016.

Grau, M., Gilmartin S., Rieken, B., Sheppard, S.D., “What Do You Want to Do with Your Life? Insights into how Engineering Students Think about their Future Career Plans,” Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education New Orleans, LA, June 2016

Peer Reviewed Poster Presentations
Rieken, B., Miller, V., Hanson, R., “Initial Studies of the Fluorescence Properties of Anisole for PLIF Imaging,” Poster, Gordon Research Conference, Waterville Valley, NH, August, 2013.

Martin, E.F., Chung, C., Pruitt, B.L., “Characterization of Adhesion Proteins for Mechanotransduction Assays,” Poster, MicroTAS, Seattle, WA, October 2011.

Martin, E.F., Chung, C., Pruitt, B.L., “Adhesion Proteins for Mechanotransduction Assays,” Poster, Microdevices in Medicine and Biology, Lucern, Switzerland, May 2011.

Invited Presentations

“Mindfulness & Engineering: A Pathway to Better Engineering Design”, Research Seminar, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, September 29, 2017.

“Mindfulness & Engineering: A Pathway to Creativity & Innovation”, Research Seminar, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, September 1, 2017.

“Live in the Present: Mindfulness for Educators”, Professional Development Workshop, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA, October 7, 2016.

“Intentional Engineers: Reflection and Mindfulness in Engineering Classrooms”, Workshop presented during ASEE Colloquium, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, April 7, 2016.

“Promoting Reflection and Reflection Activities in Engineering Education”, Workshop co-presented with Dr. Helen Chen for ASEE student chapter, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, December 4, 2015.

“Characterizing Measurements of Atmospheric Black Carbon (Mature Soot) Aerosols”, Presentation at the Stanford High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory Seminar Series, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, June 3, 2015.