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Eric Reynolds Brubaker

Eric Reynolds Brubaker

Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering


Bldg. 560-116


  • Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2018
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2009


From 2010 to 2016, Eric worked at MIT D-Lab where he co-developed and taught several courses. During this time, he worked extensively in Zambia and managed the MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups hardware venture accelerator supporting full-time social entrepreneurs primarily in Africa and India. From 2009 to 2013, Eric co-developed a water chlorination product and helped launch Zimba Water, a for-profit social enterprise based in Kolkata, India. Previously, he worked as an engineer at Battelle Memorial Institute and researcher at the New England Complex Systems Institute. A proud Buckeye, he is a graduate of Ohio State University (2009).

Research Interests

Eric's research interests are in product development, manufacturing, organization and learning sciences. His work investigates the prototyping, experimentation, and learning of hardware product development teams in the U.S. and East Africa.

Professional Affiliations and Organizations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • The Design Society

Honors & Awards

  • ISHOW Invention Competition Winner, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (2019)
  • Impact Leader Award, Straubel Family Foundation (2018)
  • Graduate Research Fellow, National Science Foundation (2016-2021)

Selected Publications/Presentations

Brubaker, E. R., Maturi, V., Karanian, B., Sheppard, S., & Beach, D. (2019). Integrating Mind, Hand and Heart: How Students Are Transformed by Hands-On Designing and Making. Proceedings of American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference, Tampa, FL. (Nominated for Best Paper)

Brubaker, E. R., Carl Jensen, Silungwe, S., Sheppard, S. D., & Yang, M. C. (2017). Co-Design in Zambia: An Examination of Design Outcomes. Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design, Vancouver, BC.

Hobbies and Interests

Adventure Cycling, Bike Frame Building, Poetry