Assistant Professor, Division of Engineering, Design &; Society
Beth is a Teaching Assistant Professor in Engineering, Design, and Society. She studies how experts consider, respond to, and communicate about risk. She holds a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Reed College and continued on to earn a master’s in social science from the University of Chicago and a PhD in cultural anthropology the University of California at Irvine. She has done research in clinics, laboratories, field stations, archives, and offices to study how engineers, scientists, medical professionals, and technicians address hazards to human wellbeing. Her work on earthquakes and risk mitigation technology in Mexico and the US has been funded by research grants from the NSF, the Society for the History of Technology, the American Institute for Physics, and others.
She is developing new research on how environmental data can be made public in ways that support just and equitable outcomes and about how engineering and earth science students learn about geohazards. She designs and studies innovative techniques to train engineering students, and comes to Mines after working in engineering education as a Post Doctoral Research Associate on University of San Diego’s NSF RED (REvolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Departments) grant.