Kristen Bethke Wendell
Kristen Wendell earned her Ph.D. in science education from Tufts University and her M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT. She received her B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University. Wendell joined Tufts from her role as faculty at University of Massachusetts Boston's Center of Science and Mathematics in Context, where she was awarded two NSF grants: one, a CAREER Award, on the use of community-based engineering to prepare novice urban elementary school teachers in science and engineering; and the other on supporting urban students' engineering discourse. In 2016, she was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by the U.S. government.
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences
University of Massachusetts-Boston
- Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development
- Assistant Professor, Center of Science and Mathematics in Context
Research Assistant, Center for Engineering Education and Outreach
Science and Technology Policy Fellow, National Academy of Engineering
Research Assistant, Man Vehicle Lab, MIT
Kristen Wendell's research area is engineering education. Her research group studies learning and teaching dynamics in a range of engineering learning environments. Wendell seeks to understand the barriers that various learners (from children to undergraduates to elementary teachers) face in gaining broader access to – and more sophisticated engagement in – the engineering discipline. Her work also explores tools to support engineering leaders, including multimedia engineering notebooks, portable design workshops, and responsive teaching approaches.