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Sheri D. Sheppard has been a professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Design division of Stanford University since 1986. Her research focuses on weld fatigue and impact failures, fracture mechanics and applied finite element analysis. Co-director of the Center for Design Research in the School of Engineering, Sheppard received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1985. She is a nationally recognized expert on engineering education. She led a three-year study of engineering education, "Educating Engineers," in the United States at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2006-07 Sheppard served as chair of the Faculty Senate. For the last decade, she has been the faculty adviser to the Mechanical Engineering Women's Group at Stanford, which holds an annual seminar series and a welcome program for all female engineers. In 2010, she received the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford University's highest award for excellence in teaching.