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Curriculum disruptor

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Assistant Professor Kristen Bethke Wendell was named to the 2018 "20 Under 40 Young Pacesetters" list in Prism, the monthly magazine from ASEE. 
Kristen Wendell leans against a brick wall and smiles at the camera

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) recognized Assistant Professor Kristen Bethke Wendell on the 2018 "20 Under 40 Young Pacesetters" list for her work in engineering education. The feature was published in a recent issue of Prism, the Society's monthly magazine. 

Wendell's work as a "curriculum disrupter" was celebrated by the ASEE, particularly her "research-informed overhaul of pedagogy" in children's and adult education. Wendell's approach to engineering education has resulted in great change since her arrival at Tufts. Chris Rogers, professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, calls Wendell "one of the visionaries" in her field, and cites her work as the catalyst for changes in thinking and curriculum development in the department. 

Wendell is currently the McDonnell Family Professor in Engineering Education and an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Education and works closely with the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.