Sheri Sheppard
Associate Vice Provost of Graduate Education and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Curriculum, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
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Sheri Sheppard, PhD, PE, is professor and associate chair (undergraduate programming) of mechanical engineering at Stanford University. In addition to teaching both undergraduate and graduate design and education-related classes, she conducts research on engineering education and work practices and on applied finite element analysis. She has also served as chair of the faculty senate and associate vice provost for graduate education. From 1999 to 2008 she was a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, leading its engineering study (as reported in Educating Engineers: Designing for the Future of the Field). In addition, in 2003 she was named co–principal investigator on an NSF grant to form the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE), along with faculty at the University of Washington, Colorado School of Mines, and Howard University. In 2011 she was named co-PI of a national NSF innovation center (Epicenter), and she leads an NSF program at Stanford 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.

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