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Those who can, teach. Immersing Students as Peer Educators to Enhance Class Experience

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Tricks of the Trade I

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New Engineering Educators

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23.1248.1 - 23.1248.30



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Beverly Kristenson Jaeger Northeastern University

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Beverly Kris Jaeger, PhD has been a member of Northeastern University’s Gateway Team, a selected group of full-time faculty expressly devoted to the first-year Engineering Program at Northeastern University. Recently, she has joined the expanding Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at NU to continue teaching Simulation, Facilities Planning, and Human-Machine Systems. Dr. Jaeger has been the recipient of several awards in engineering education for both teaching and mentoring and has been involved in several engineering educational research initiatives through ASEE and beyond.

Béa van den Heuvel, Ellen Wilson and Kerri Liss are senior Industrial Engineering majors at Northeastern University. All are active members of the university including their participation in engineering student groups. Béa has served as the Connections (female engineering) Resident Assistant and is a Gordon CenSSIS Scholar. Ellen has been a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) since 2009 and has held most IIE leadership positions. Kerri has served on the board for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and has participated in the Gordon Engineering Leadership Boot Camp. All have served as Quality Managers during their time at Northeastern and have shown interest in and passion for improving engineering education in a variety of ways including volunteering as Freshman Engineering Peer Mentors.

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Kerri Liss Northeastern University

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Bea van den Heuvel

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Ellen Wilson Northeastern University

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Jaeger, B. K., & Liss, K., & van den Heuvel, B., & Wilson, E. (2013, June), Those who can, teach. Immersing Students as Peer Educators to Enhance Class Experience Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22633

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