MARK SCHAR works in the Center for Design Research - Designing Education Lab at Stanford University. He is also a member of the Symbiotic Project of Affective Neuroscience Lab at Stanford University and a Lecturer in the School of Engineering. Dr. Schar's area of research is “pivot thinking” which is the intersection of design thinking and the neuroscience of choice where he has several research projects underway. He has a 30 year career in industry as a Vice President with The Procter & Gamble Company and Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer with Intuit in Silicon Valley. Dr. Schar has a BSS from Northwestern University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and his PhD is from Stanford University.
Dr. Sheppard is a professor at Stanford University, teaching courses in engineering design and solid mechanics. Her research is in the areas of structural integrity and engineering learning. Her graduate work was at the Univ. of Michigan, and prior to being at Stanford she worked in the automotive industry.
Samantha Brunhaver is a fifth year graduate student at Stanford University. She is currently working on her PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in engineering education. Samantha completed a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in 2008 and a MS in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Design for Manufacturing from Stanford in 2010.
Mark Cuson is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. After several education related jobs in the past, he decided to spend the summer after his freshman year working on engineering education, specifically Stanford’s Introduction to Solid Mechanics, E14. In addition to the Longboard Lab & Case Study, Mark worked on a series of online vector math tutorials to ease the transition into E14.