Helen M. Buettner


Office:ENG - C226
Office Hours: By appointment


Postdoctoral Fellow, Pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania, 1987-1990
Ph.D, Chemical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1987
M.S.W., Social Work, Rutgers University, 2012
M.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1985
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 1983
B.S., Metallurgical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1980


  • Leadership in Faculty Diversity Award, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2011
  • University Change Agent Award, Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), 2010
  • RU-FAIR ADVANCE Professorship, 2009-2011
  • Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, 2001

Research Interests

  • Nerve growth and regeneration, acupuncture mechanisms, modeling of biological processes
  • Diversity in engineering
  • Engineering education

Selected Publications

Recent Publications/Presentations (2012 forward)

  • Stiltz L, Buettner H, Kennedy E, Zundl E, White C. (2013). A Unique Co-curricular Partnership: The Douglass Engineering Living-Learning Community Inspires Women to Succeed. First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) Conference Proc. (http://www.fyee.org/fyee2013/papers/1055.pdf)
  • Young DM, Rudman LA, Buettner HM, & McLean MC. (2013). The Influence of Female Role Models on Women’s Implicit Science Cognitions. Psychology of Women Quarterly 37(3), 283-292.
  • Julias M, Buettner HM, Shreiber DI. (2011). Varying Assay Geometry To Emulate Connective Tissue Planes In An In Vitro Model Of Acupuncture. The Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology, 294(2): 243–252. doi: 10.1002/ar.21308
  • Voyiadjis AG, Buettner HM, Shreiber D, Shinbrot T. (2011). Engineered In Vitro / In Silico Models to Examine Neurite Target Preference. Journal of neurotrauma, 28(11), 2363-2375.