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Summer Bridge Program

August 5, 2015

About Me 

Chris Wiley is the academic program assistant for undergraduate student services in the College of Engineering. He is an alumnus of Northeastern University, class of 2011 in Electrical Engineering from Chicago, IL. Post graduation, Chris Wiley worked in Mobile, Alabama for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems for three years as a network engineer; building naval combat ships. After finding his passion in mentoring young engineers, Chris returned to Northeastern University to work in outreach, diversity, recruitment and retention. Currently, Chris is pursuing his master’s degree at Northeastern in Applied Educational Psychology, focusing on college student development. He is also the advisor of Delta Tau Delta and the co-advisor of The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

Summer Bridge Program  

Tuesday, July 28 marked the first day in the week long College of Engineering Summer Bridge Program. Nearly 40 College of Engineering students, where 42% were young women, embarked on a journey of scholarship and fellowship. The annual Summer Bridge Program provides a unique opportunity for College of Engineering freshmen to create a cohort that will last them through their entire stay at Northeastern and beyond.

Each day was filled with a preview of the core freshmen engineering classes including calculus (Professor Don King), physics (Professor Bala Maheswaran), chemistry (Professor Tom Gilbert), and design software, such as AutoCad / SolidWorks (Professor Bala Maheswaran). Professor Bala Maheswaran was instrumental in teaching both physics and SolidWorks and made the classes seem both simple, fun, and most importantly, engaging.

Friday culminated in the College of Engineering Leadership Retreat. This was an opportunity for the students to meet upperclassmen and undergo teambuilding exercises. Each team participated in a variety of activities ranging from geocaching to organizing a team of 40 to arrange themselves in order based off a deck of cards; without speaking. Additionally, the Summer Bridge Students were able to present their own leadership presentation at the Leadership Retreat, through the support of Dr. Beverly Kris Jaeger-Helton.

The students finally departed on Saturday, where they said their goodbyes and exchange contact information to keep in touch over the rest of the summer. While it was a sad day, the students always come back together 6 weeks later to begin their journey at Northeastern. And as a result become a part of the 13 year legacy of the Summer Bridge Program.