Bio


I'm a doctoral candidate and Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow in the Learning Sciences and Technology Design (LSTD) and Developmental and Psychological Sciences (DAPS) programs at Stanford University. My research interests focus on designing and studying community-engaged learning experiences and technologies that empower people to create systemic societal change toward more just and sustainable futures. Prior to Stanford I was a Lecturer in Humanitarian Engineering at UC San Diego and a Project Engineer at an engineering firm where I performed and managed the design of renewable energy technologies, spacecraft, and theme park rides. I earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC San Diego and an S.M. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT.

Honors & Awards


  • Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF), Stanford University (2020-2023)
  • Graduate Public Service (GPS) Fellowship, Stanford University (2019-2020)
  • Outstanding Professor Award, UC San Diego (2015)
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2009-2011)
  • Undergraduate Engineering Leadership Award, UC San Diego (2009)
  • Chancellor's Research Scholarship, UC San Diego (2008)
  • Elected Member, Phi Beta Kappa (honor society) (2008)
  • Elected Member, Tau Beta Pi (engineering honor society) (2007)

Education & Certifications


  • Professional Engineer (P.E.), State of California, Mechanical Engineering (2014)
  • Master of Science (S.M.), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aerospace Engineering (2011)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), University of California, San Diego, Mechanical Engineering (2009)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work


  • Faculty Advisor, Engineers for a Sustainable World, UC San Diego (2014 - 2018)

    Location

    La Jolla, CA

  • Faculty Advisor, Engineers Without Borders, UC San Diego (2014 - 2018)

    Location

    La Jolla, CA

  • President, Tau Beta Pi (engineering honor society), UC San Diego (2008 - 2009)

    Location

    La Jolla, CA

  • Education Outreach Coordinator, Tau Beta Pi (engineering honor society), UC San Diego (2007 - 2008)

    Location

    La Jolla, CA

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Dissertation Title: Imagining societal transformations toward just and sustainable climate futures: A participatory design-based research study of an engineering fiction learning experience.

Work Experience


  • Lecturer in Humanitarian Engineering, University of California, San Diego (2014 - 2018)

    Location

    San Diego, CA

  • Design Engineer and Project Manager, ATA Engineering (2011 - 2015)

    Location

    San Diego, CA

All Publications


  • Learning to design for social justice in community-engaged engineering JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Reynante, B. 2021

    View details for DOI 10.1002/jee.20444

    View details for Web of Science ID 000734360400001

  • Design knowledge and learning pathway of a grassroots innovator 15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences Reynante, B. International Society of the Learning Sciences. 2021: 83-90
  • A framework for open civic design: Integrating public participation, crowdsourcing, and design thinking Digital Government: Research and Practice Reynante, B., Dow, S. P., Mahyar, N. 2021; 2 (4)

    View details for DOI 10.1145/3487607

  • Exploring the Promises and Perils of Integrated STEM Through Disciplinary Practices and Epistemologies SCIENCE & EDUCATION Reynante, B. M., Selbach-Allen, M. E., Pimentel, D. R. 2020
  • Educating change-makers: A framework for sustainable making and activist engineering 9th Annual Conference on Creativity and Fabrication in Education (FabLearn ’19) Reichenbach, K., Reynante, B. ACM Press. 2019: 128-131

    View details for DOI 10.1145/3311890.3311908

  • From First- to Third-Order Social Change in Development Engineering: A Case Study Reynante, B., Bratton, M., Hein, L., IEEE IEEE. 2017
  • Impact testing of structural biological materials MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING C-MATERIALS FOR BIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS Lee, S., Novitskaya, E. E., Reynante, B., Vasquez, J., Urbaniak, R., Takahashi, T., Woolley, E., Tombolato, L., Chen, P., McKittrick, J. 2011; 31 (4): 730–39