Bev­erly Kris­tenson Jaeger, a fac­ulty member and cer­ti­fied tennis offi­cial, chan­nels her inner film­maker in recalling her most mem­o­rable moments as a chair umpire and line judge.

It’s like a movie mon­tage,” says Jaeger, who chaired 10 matches for the US Open in New York City, the men’s final for which is set for this afternoon.

Some of the sto­ries she tells resemble sight gags in off­beat come­dies. In one match in Puerto Rico, for example, Jaeger recalls, “We had three cats on my court and needed to hold up play until they could be herded off.”

But many other moments, she explains, will be remem­bered for their sheer pomp and cir­cum­stance. Jaeger offi­ci­ated the women’s gold medal match at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bei­jing, for instance, and can’t shake the memory of the opening cer­e­monies of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, which included more than 12,500 dancers, acro­bats and fire breathers. She has also served as a line judge in four Wim­bledon finals, where she has been greeted by the Duchess of Kent.

The most rewarding aspect of offi­ci­ating a tennis match, says Jaeger? “Having a mean­ingful role in con­ducting it smoothly and meeting the chal­lenge in an incon­spic­uous way.”

Jaeger, a senior aca­d­emic spe­cialist in the depart­ment of mechan­ical and indus­trial engi­neering, finds par­al­lels between offi­ci­ating and teaching. “Working to develop better obser­va­tional and lis­tening skills has served well in each of these roles,” she says, adding that having a level of flu­ency in French and Spanish has improved her rap­port with pro­fes­sional ath­letes. “It is some­thing I am con­tin­u­ally trying to improve.”

Tennis has long played a cen­tral role in Jaeger’s life. At 11, she picked up a racket and began playing with her dad. “I just kept hit­ting the ball back,” Jaeger recalls. No finesse, no style, no game.”

In high school, how­ever, she played the No. 1 sin­gles posi­tion, and later spent time as a teaching pro while pur­suing both a mas­ters and a PhD through Northeastern’s depart­ment of mechan­ical and indus­trial engineering.

The sport has enhanced my life in count­less ways through learning, playing, com­peting, teaching and offi­ci­ating,” Jaeger says. “It can be simul­ta­neous chal­lenging, hum­bling and enriching.”