Bio


Sheri Sheppard teaches both undergraduate and graduate design-related classes, and conducts research on fracture mechanics and applied finite element analysis, and on how people become engineers. From 1999-2008 she served as a Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, leading the Foundation’s engineering study. In addition to publishing technical papers, reports, and textbooks, she has led or co-led several large, multi-institutional projects to build new educational research programs and related resources, such as the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE), The National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), and a program on summer research experiences for high school teachers. Her industry experience includes engineering positions at Detroit's "Big Three” — Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, and Chrysler Corporation. She earned her bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin, and her PhD at the University of Michigan. At Stanford she has served a chair of the faculty senate, as associate vice provost for graduate education, and is the longtime faculty founder of and adviser to the graduate student group MEwomen. Her work has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford University's highest award for excellence in teaching and the Chester F. Carlson and Ralph Coats Roe Awards of the American Society for Engineering Education in recognition of distinguished accomplishment in engineering education, and for outstanding teaching and notable contributions to the mechanical engineering profession.

Academic Appointments


Honors & Awards


  • Ralph Coats Roe Award, American Society for Engineering Education (2012)
  • The Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford University (2010)
  • Chester F. Carlson Award, American Society for Engineering Education (2004)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Advisory Board, Journal of Engineering Education (2014 - Present)

Professional Education


  • PhD, Michigan, Mechanical Engineering (1985)
  • MS, Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn, Mechanical Engineering (1980)
  • BS, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Engineering Mechanics (1978)

2017-18 Courses


Stanford Advisees


All Publications


  • Bending Moments to Business Models: Integrating an Entrepreneurship Case Study as Part of Core Mechanical Engineering Curriculum. Schar, M., F., Sheppard, S., Brunhaver, S., Cuson, M., Grau, M., M. 2013
  • From freshmen engineering students to practicing professionals: Changes in beliefs about important skills over time. Winters, K., E., Matusovich, H., M., Brunhaver, S., Chen, H., L., Yasuhara, K., Sheppard, S. 2013
  • Research-Informed Practices for Inclusive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Classrooms: Strategies for Educators to Close the Gender Gap Scutt, H. I., Gilmartin, S. K., Sheppard, S., Brunhaver, S. 2013
  • Not all the same: A look at early career engineers employed in different sub-occupations. Brunhaver, S., Gilmartin, S., K., Chen, H., L., Grau, M., M., Warner, M., Sheppard, S. 2013
  • What Does It Take to Become a Good Engineer? Identifying Cross-National Engineering Student Profiles According to Perceived Importance of Skills International Journal of Engineering Education Haase, S., Chen, H., L., Sheppard, S., Kolmos, A., Meljgaard, N. 2013; 29 (3): 698–713
  • Fostering an Enterprising Learning Ecology for Engineers INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Brunhaver, S. R., Lande, M., Sheppard, S. D., Carryer, J. E. 2012; 28 (2): 355-363
  • The Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education: A Review of Results and Resources INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Atman, C. J., Sheppard, S. D., Turns, J., Adams, R. S., Yasuhara, K., Lund, D. 2012; 28 (5): 1095-1108
  • Educating Engineering Entrepreneurs: A Multi-Institution Analysis INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Yasuhara, K., Lande, M., Chen, H. L., Sheppard, S. D., Atman, C. J. 2012; 28 (2): 436-447
  • Work in Progress - Engineering Pathways Study: The College-Career Transition 41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) Sheppard, S., Matusovich, H. M., Atman, C., Streveler, R. A., Miller, R. L. IEEE. 2011
  • Outcomes of a Longitudinal Administration of the Persistence in Engineering Survey JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Eris, O., Chachra, D., Chen, H. L., Sheppard, S., Ludlow, L., Rosca, C., Bailey, T., Toye, G. 2010; 99 (4): 371-395
  • Comparing the Undergraduate Experience of Engineers to All Other Majors: Significant Differences are Programmatic JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Lichtenstein, G., McCormick, A. C., Sheppard, S. D., Puma, J. 2010; 99 (4): 305-317
  • An Overview of the Academic Pathways Study: Research Processes and Procedures Technical Report #CAEE-TR-09-03 Summer 2003 – Fall 2008 Sheppard, S., Atman, C., Fleming, L., Miller, R., Smith, K., Stevens, R. 2010
  • Students Improving: Identifying Factors That Seem to Matter. Otto, E., Chen, Helen, L., Sheppard, Sheri, D. 2010
  • Students Improving: Identifying Factors That Seem to Matter. Otto, E., Chen, Helen, L., Sheppard, Sheri, D. 2010
  • Cost of an Engineering Major JEE Selects in Prism Lichtenstein, G., McCormick, A., Sheppard, S. 2010: 47
  • Exploring the Engineering Student Experience: Findings from the Academic Pathways of People Learning Engineering Survey (APPLES) (CAEE-TR-10-01). Seattle, WA: Center for the Advancement for Engineering Education. Sheppard, S., Gilmartin, S., Chen, H., L., Donaldson, K., Lichtenstein, G., Eriş, Ö. 2010
  • Enabling Engineering Student Success: The Final Report for the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education. Atman, C., Sheppard, et al., S. San Rafael CA: Morgan & Claypool Publishers. 2010
  • ENABLING ENGINEERING STUDENT SUCCESS: The Final Report for the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education CAEE-TR-10-02 Atman, Cynthia, J., Sheppard, Sheri, D., Turns, J., Adams, Robin, S., Fleming, Lorraine, N., Stevens, R. 2010
  • An Engineering Major Does Not (Necessarily) an Engineer Make: Career Decision Making Among Undergraduate Engineering Majors JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Lichtenstein, G., Loshbaugh, H. G., Claar, B., Chen, H. L., Jackson, K., Sheppard, S. D. 2009; 98 (3): 227-234
  • A General Methodology to Predict Fatigue Life in Lead-Free Solder Alloy Interconnects JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC PACKAGING Pierce, D. M., Sheppard, S. D., Vianco, P. T. 2009; 131 (1)

    View details for DOI 10.1115/1.3068313

    View details for Web of Science ID 000263718000008

  • Does Major Matter? A Look at what Motivates Engineering Students in Different Majors. Parikh, S., Chen, H., Donaldson, K., Sheppard, S. 2009
  • More to Say: Analyzing Open-ended Student Responses to the Academic Pathways of People Learning Engineering Survey. Lande, M., Parikh, S., Sheppard, S., Toye, G., Chen, H., Donaldson, K. 2009
  • Persistence, Engagement, and Migration in Engineering Programs JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Ohland, M. W., Sheppard, S. D., Lichtenstein, G., Eris, O., Chachra, D., Layton, R. A. 2008; 97 (3): 259-278
  • On Becoming a 21st Century Engineer Foreword JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Sheppard, S. D., Pellegrino, J. W., Olds, B. M. 2008; 97 (3): 231-234
  • Development of the damage state variable for a unified creep plasticity damage constitutive model of the 95.5Sn-3.9Ag-0-6Cu lead-free solder JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC PACKAGING Pierce, D. M., Sheppard, S. D., Fossurn, A. F., Vianco, P. T., Neilsen, M. K. 2008; 130 (1)

    View details for DOI 10.1115/1.2837513

    View details for Web of Science ID 000255132000002

  • Validation of a general fatigue life prediction methodology for sn-ag-cu lead-free solder alloy interconnects JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC PACKAGING Pierce, D. M., Sheppard, S. D., Vianco, P. T., Regent, J. A., Grazier, J. M. 2008; 130 (1)

    View details for DOI 10.1115/1.2837515

    View details for Web of Science ID 000255132000003

  • Panel Session - Improving Learning and Retention in Introductory Statics IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference 2008 Valle, C., Newstetter, W. C., Anderson, E. E., Litzinger, T. A., Sheppard, S. D. IEEE. 2008: 897–898
  • Moving From Pipeline Thinking to Understanding Pathways: Findings from the Academic Pathways Study of Engineering Undergraduates. Atman, C., Sheppard et al., S. 2008
  • Graduate School or Not: Engineering Students Consider Continuing Their Education in Co-terminal Programs. Jackson, K., Bailey, T., Sheppard, S., Chen, H. 2008
  • Socioeconomic Status and the Undergraduate Experience: Preliminary Findings from Four American Universities. Donaldson, K., Lichtenstein, G., Sheppard, Sheri, D. 2008
  • From PIE to APPLES: The Evolution of a Survey Instrument to Explore Engineering Student Pathways. Sheppard, S., Chen, H., L, Donaldson, et al., Krista 2008
  • Being and Becoming: Gender and Identity Formation of Engineering Students. Sheppard, S., Chachra, D., Kilgore, D., Loshbaugh, H., McCain, J., Chen, H. 2008
  • Analyzing Large, Free-response Qualitative Data Sets: A Novel Quantitative-qualitative Hybrid Approach. Sheppard, S., Light, J., Yasuhara, K. 2008
  • Academic Pathways Study: Processes and Realities. Clark, M., Sheppard et al., Sheri, D. 2008
  • Academic Pathways Study: Processes and Realities. Clark, M., Sheppard, Sheri, D., Atman, Cynthia, J., Fleming, L., Miller, R., Stevens, R. 2008
  • Conceptualizing Engagement: Contributions of Faculty to Student Engagement in Engineering. Journal of Engineering Education. Sheppard, Sheri, D., Chen et al., Helen, L. 2008
  • From PIE to APPLES: The Evolution of a Survey Instrument to Explore Engineering Student Pathways. Chen, H., Donaldson, K., Eriş, O., Chachra, D., Lichtenstein, G., Sheppard, Sheri, D. 2008
  • Scaling Up: Taking the Academic Pathways of People Learning Engineering Survey (APPLES) National IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference 2008 Donaldson, K. M., Chen, H. L., Toye, G., Clark, M., Sheppard, S. D. IEEE. 2008: 1078–1083
  • When understanding follows 'experiencing': A report from research in the field 6th Mudd Design Workshop Hariharan, B., Shariq, S., Sheppard, S. TEMPUS PUBLICATIONS. 2008: 434–42
  • Special Session - Linking Research Findings on Engineering Student Learning and Engineering Teaching: Implications for Engineering Education IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference 2008 Atman, C., Fleming, L., Kilgore, D., Miller, R., Sheppard, S., Smith, K., Stevens, R., Streveler, R., Turns, J. IEEE. 2008: 784–785
  • Targeting undergraduate students for surveys: Lessons from the Academic Pathways of People Learning Engineering Survey (APPLES) 37th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference Donaldson, K. M., Chen, H. L., Toye, G., Sheppard, S. D. IEEE. 2007: 1116–1122
  • Targeting Undergraduate Students for Surveys: Lessons from the Academic Pathways of People Learning Engineering Survey (APPLES). Donaldson, K., Chen, Helen, L., Toye, G., Sheppard, Sheri, D. 2007
  • Correlates of Persistence in Engineering Education: Preliminary Results from the Academic Pathways Study. Chachra, D., Eriş, O., Donaldson, K., Sheppard, S., Rosca, C., Ludlow, L. 2007
  • Portraying the Academic Experiences of Students in Engineering: Students’ Perceptions of Their Educational Experiences and Career Aspirations in Engineering. Sheppard, S., Korte, R., Smith, K. 2007
  • A Preliminary Analysis of Correlates of Engineering Persistence: Results from a Longitudinal Study. Eriş, Ö., Chachra, D., Chen, H., Rosca, C., Ludlow, L., Sheppard, Sheri, D. 2007
  • Exploring the Not-So-Talked-About Undergraduate Pathway: Migrating Into Engineering. Donaldson, K., Sheppard, Sheri, D. 2007
  • Special session - Academic Pathways Study: Special interactive session on findings and implications for engineering education and practice 37th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference Atman, C., Kilgore, D., Eris, O., Fleming, L., Miller, R. L., Sheppard, S. D., Smith, K., Stevens, R., Streveler, R., Amos, D. M., Bailey, T., Chachra, D., Chen, H., Donaldson, K., Geist, M., Jones, M., Korte, R., Ledbetter, S., Lichtenstein, G., Loshbaugh, H., Loucks, C., Lund, D., Matusovich, H., McCain, J., Morozov, A., Taylor, A., Turns, J., Williams, D., Yasuhara, K. IEEE. 2007: 933–935
  • The National Engineering Education Research Colloquies JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Adams, R., Aldridge, D., Atman, C., Barker, L., Besterfield-Sacre, M., Bjorklund, S., Bransford, J., Breslow, L., Brophy, S., Burrows, V., Busch-Vishniac, I., Carlson, M., Carlson, L., Chen, H., Dahleh, M., Diefes-Dux, H., Duffy, T., Evangelou, D., Felder, R., Finelli, C., Follman, D., Forteriberry, N., Froyd, J., George, Y., Goff, R., Griffin, H., Haghighi, K., Harding, T., Harris, T., Hodge, D., Imbrie, P. K., Jamieson, L., Johnson, J., Jonassen, D., Katehi, L., Krause, S., Leigh-Mack, P., Litzinger, T., Lohmann, J., Maller, S., Martin, J., McKenna, A., Miller, R., Moye, A., Newstetter, W., Pellegrino, J., Pfatteicher, S., Prey, J., Redish, J., Reed-Rhoads, T., Rodriguez, O., Schimmel, K., Sheppard, S., Shuman, L., Smith, K., Somerville, M., Sorby, S., Streveler, R., Sullivan, J., Terpenny, J., Valles-Rosales, D., Wankat, P., Watson, K., Young, M., Adams, S., Anderegg, B., Boylan, M., Burkett, S., Gabriele, G., Kemnitzer, S., Olds, B., Pimmel, R., Watford, B. 2006; 95 (4): 257-258
  • Customer value chain analysis RESEARCH IN ENGINEERING DESIGN Donaldson, K. M., Ishii, K., Sheppard, S. D. 2006; 16 (4): 174-183
  • What is engineering practice? 5th Mudd Design Workshop Sheppard, S., Colby, A., Macatangay, K., Sullivan, W. TEMPUS PUBLICATIONS. 2006: 429–38
  • Work in progress: Is engineering for me? A qualitative case study of first-year students 36th Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE 2006) Bailey, T. L., Sheppard, S. D. IEEE. 2006: 1537–1538
  • Pedagogies of engagement: Classroom-based practices JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Smith, K. A., Sheppard, S. D., Johnson, D. W., Johnson, R. T. 2005; 94 (1): 87-101
  • Development of the Persistence in Engineering (PIE) Survey Instrument. Sheppard, S., Eriş, Ö., Chen, H., Bailey, T., Engerman, K., Loshbaugh, H. 2005
  • A new Journal for a field in transition JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Felder, R. M., Sheppard, S. D., Smith, K. A. 2005; 94 (1): 7-10
  • Relationships between engineering student and faculty demographics and stakeholders working to affect change Frontiers in Education Conference Johnson, M. J., Sheppard, S. D. AMER SOC ENGINEERING EDUCATION. 2004: 139–51
  • On designing engineering education: Lessons learned at Mudd Design Workshop IV 4th Mudd Design Workshop Dym, C. L., Rossmann, J. S., Sheppard, S. D. TEMPUS PUBLICATIONS. 2004: 470–74
  • Studying the Engineering Experience: Design of a Longitudinal Study. Sheppard, S., Atman, Cynthia, J., Stevens, R., Fleming, L., Streveler, R., Adams, Robin, S. 2004
  • Taking stock: An analysis of the publishing record as represented by the Journal of Engineering Education JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Whitin, K., Sheppard, S. 2004; 93 (1): 5-12
  • Stress intensity factors in spot welds ENGINEERING FRACTURE MECHANICS Pan, N., Sheppard, S. D. 2003; 70 (5): 671-684
  • E-pals to enhance mechanics learning INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Donaldson, K., Sheppard, S. 2003; 19 (6): 836-846
  • Spot welds fatigue life prediction with cyclic strain range INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FATIGUE Pan, N., Sheppard, S. 2002; 24 (5): 519-528
  • Towards a science of engineering design teams 13th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 01) Mabogunje, A., Carrizosa, K., Sheppard, S., Leifer, L. PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING PUBLISHING LTD. 2001: 465–472
  • The compatibility (or incompatibility) of how we teach engineering design and analysis Mudd Design Workshop II, Designing Design Education for the 21st Century Sheppard, S. D. TEMPUS PUBLICATIONS. 2001: 440–45
  • Modification of a methodological design tool for the developing country scenario - A case study in product definition 13th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 01) Donaldson, K. M., Sheppard, S. D. PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING PUBLISHING LTD. 2001: 505–512
  • Design education for the 21st century - Introduction and overview INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Dym, C. L., Sheppard, S. D. 2001; 17 (4-5): 322-323
  • Design as cornerstone and capstone MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Sheppard, S. D. 1999: 44-47
  • Fatigue life prediction of resistance spot welds under variable amplitude loads 29th National Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics Pan, N., Sheppard, S. D., Widmann, J. M. AMER SOCIETY TESTING AND MATERIALS. 1999: 802–814
  • Reality brings excitement to engineering education Symposium on Computing Futures in Engineering Design Leifer, L., Sheppard, S. CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS. 1998: 83–86
  • Motor workshop: The role of interactivity in promoting learning 28th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference on Moving from Teacher-Centered to Learner-Centered Education Reamon, D., Sheppard, S. IEEE. 1998: 672–675
  • Examples of Freshman Design Education INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Sheppard, S., Jenison, R. 1997; 13 (4): 248-261
  • A model for peer and student involvement in course assessment 27th Annual Conference on Frontiers in Education - Teaching and Learning in an Era of Change (FIE 97) Sheppard, S., Johnson, M., Leifer, L. I E E E. 1997: 193–200
  • Thoughts on freshman engineering design experiences 26th Annual conference on Frontiers in Education - Technology-Based Re-Engineering Engineering Education (FIE 96) Sheppard, S. D., Jenison, R. IEEE. 1996: 909–913
  • The explicit approximation method for design optimization problems with implicit constraints ENGINEERING OPTIMIZATION Hsu, Y. L., Sheppard, S. D., WILDE, D. J. 1996; 27 (1): 21-42
  • Analytic problem solving methodology 26th Annual conference on Frontiers in Education - Technology-Based Re-Engineering Engineering Education (FIE 96) Reamon, D., Sheppard, S. IEEE. 1996: 484–488
  • FATIGUE AND FRACTURE ESTIMATION FOR METALLIC COMPONENTS - SOME CURRENT METHODS AND FUTURE-DEVELOPMENTS JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL DESIGN Nelson, D. V., Sheppard, S. D. 1995; 117: 121-127
  • THE CURVATURE FUNCTION-METHOD FOR 2-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE OPTIMIZATION UNDER STRESS CONSTRAINTS COMPUTERS & STRUCTURES Hsu, Y. L., Sheppard, S. D., WILDE, D. J. 1995; 55 (4): 647-657
  • DETERMINING THE CONSTITUTIVE PROPERTIES OF THE HEAT-AFFECTED ZONE IN A RESISTANCE SPOT WELD MODELLING AND SIMULATION IN MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING Zuniga, S. M., Sheppard, S. D. 1995; 3 (3): 391-416
  • Students connecting engineering fundamentals and hardware design: Observations and implications for the design of curriculum and assessment methods 25th Annual Conference on Frontiers in Education - Engineering Education for the 21st-Century Brereton, M., Sheppard, S., Leifer, L. I E E E. 1995: 950–956
  • A KNOWLEDGE-BASED APPROACH TO MODEL IDEALIZATION IN FEM 10th Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Applications Prabhakar, V., Sheppard, S. D. I E E E, COMPUTER SOC PRESS. 1994: 488–490
  • ELECTRICAL CONTACT RESISTANCE UNDER HIGH LOADS AND ELEVATED-TEMPERATURES WELDING JOURNAL Vogler, M., Sheppard, S. 1993; 72 (6): S231-S238
  • FATIGUE CRACK-GROWTH IN NOTCHED AND PLAIN SHAFTS SUBJECTED TO TORSION AND AXIAL LOADING ENGINEERING FRACTURE MECHANICS Thompson, K. D., Sheppard, S. D. 1992; 43 (1): 55-71
  • GROWTH OF SHEAR LIPS IN SURFACE CRACKED SHAFTS SUBJECTED TO FATIGUE LOADING ENGINEERING FRACTURE MECHANICS Thompson, K. D., Sheppard, S. D. 1992; 43 (1): 73-82
  • STRESS INTENSITY FACTORS IN SHAFTS SUBJECTED TO TORSION AND AXIAL LOADING ENGINEERING FRACTURE MECHANICS Thompson, K. D., Sheppard, S. D. 1992; 42 (6): 1019-1034
  • FATIGUE LIFE ESTIMATION IN RESISTANCE SPOT WELDS - INITIATION AND EARLY GROWTH-PHASE FATIGUE & FRACTURE OF ENGINEERING MATERIALS & STRUCTURES Sheppard, S. D., Strange, M. 1992; 15 (6): 531-549
  • VERIFICATION OF FRACTURE PARAMETER FOR UNCOUPLED THERMOINELASTICITY ENGINEERING FRACTURE MECHANICS Wagner, D. A., Sendeckyj, G. P., Sheppard, S. D. 1992; 42 (3): 461-478
  • FIELD EFFECTS IN FATIGUE CRACK INITIATION - LONG LIFE FATIGUE-STRENGTH JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL DESIGN Sheppard, S. D. 1991; 113 (2): 188-194
  • THE INFLUENCE OF CRACK FACE FRICTION AND TRAPPED FLUID ON SURFACE INITIATED ROLLING-CONTACT FATIGUE CRACKS JOURNAL OF TRIBOLOGY-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME Tallian, T. E., Farris, T. N., Sheppard, S. D. 1989; 111 (2): 396-399
  • SUBSURFACE CRACKS UNDER CONDITIONS OF SLIP, STICK, AND SEPARATION CAUSED BY A MOVING COMPRESSIVE LOAD JOURNAL OF APPLIED MECHANICS-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME Sheppard, S. D., Barber, J. R., COMNINOU, M. 1987; 54 (2): 393-398
  • SHORT SUBSURFACE CRACKS UNDER CONDITIONS OF SLIP AND STICK CAUSED BY A MOVING COMPRESSIVE LOAD JOURNAL OF APPLIED MECHANICS-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME Sheppard, S., Barber, J. R., COMNINOU, M. 1985; 52 (4): 811-817
  • THE SUBSURFACE CRACK UNDER CONDITIONS OF SLIP AND STICK CAUSED BY A SURFACE NORMAL FORCE JOURNAL OF APPLIED MECHANICS-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME Chang, F. K., COMNINOU, M., Sheppard, S., Barber, J. R. 1984; 51 (2): 311-316