Kristen Wendell

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Additional Phone Numbers: 
617-458-1447
Professional Title: 
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Education
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About Me (Bio): 
I am Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education at Tufts University, where I lead a research group at the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. Our research efforts focus on supporting discourse and design practices during K-12, teacher education, and college engineering learning experiences, and on integrating engineering into the elementary school experience. Current NSF-supported projects emphasize urban settings and community-based engineering approaches. I received a Ph.D. in Science Education from Tufts, where I developed and studied an engineering-design-based science curriculum for elementary students, and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics (aerospace engineering) from MIT, where I studied advanced spacesuit design at the Man-Vehicle Lab. I earned my undergraduate degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. In 2016 I was a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMass Boston)
05/15/2013

This is a Faculty Early Career Development project aimed at developing, implementing, and assessing a model that introduces novice elementary school teachers (grades 1-6) to community-based engineering design as a strategy for teaching and learning in urban schools. Reflective of the new Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC, 2012), the model addresses key crosscutting concepts, disciplinary core ideas, and scientific and engineering practices.

University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMass Boston)
08/01/2013

This collaborative, exploratory, learning strand project focuses on improving reflective decision-making among elementary school students during the planning and re-design activities of the engineering design process. Five teacher researchers in three elementary schools provide the classroom laboratories for the study. Specified units from Engineering is Elementary, a well-studied curriculum, provide the engineering content.