Teaching

Teaching at Rowan University

In August 2013 I joined the faculty of Rowan University as a Mechanical Engineering Instructor. Since then I have taught a variety of courses including: Freshman Clinic I and II, Sophomore Engineering Clinic I, Mechanical Engineering Lab, and Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer. I particularly love teaching freshman engineers because they tend to be very enthusiastic and have a high level of curiosity. I am also grateful to be able to teach students in more than one year of the curriculum, which allows me to build enduring professional relationships them.

My schedule is available from google calendar. I welcome visits from students and potential students whenever I am free during normal business hours.

Experiences in graduate school

During my time as a graduate student, I was very lucky to have opportunities to teach. In the fall of 2011 I taught CEE 446: Air Quality Engineering as the recipient of the University of Illinois Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering’s Graduate Assistantship for Teaching Excellence. My teaching was conducted under the supervision of my academic advisor, Professor Mark J. Rood.

The class has 29 in-class and two online students from five different disciplines and three different years of study. You can view the syllabus for the class here (pdf). Based on the student evaluations of CEE446, I was named to the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for Fall 2011, which is a great honor and something I am very proud of.

My previous teaching experiences include being a teaching assistant for CEE 546: Air Quality Control in the spring of 2010. I was also named to the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students based on my efforts in that course, which included teaching several class sessions and writing and grading homework and exam exercises.

My final formal teaching experience during my graduate studies was as the Chemical Engineering Camp Coordinator for the Girls Adventures in Math Engineering and Science camp at the University of Illinois. The GAMES camp aims to promote positive attitudes towards math, engineering, and science in academically talented, economically underprivileged, and minority girls. I coordinated four assistants in teaching campers about Chemical Engineering concepts and taught 34 campers about separation processes in chemical engineering using hands-on activities in a U of I laboratory.

I see teaching engineering as a way to help students mold their thinking and problem solving in a way that is applicable across disciplines and throughout their lives. I am specifically interested in teaching environmental science and engineering in general, and the fundamentals of air quality monitoring and control in particular. I am also interested in better understanding and developing the most effective ways of teaching engineering to encourage students’ interest in engineering and prepare them for engineering careers.

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Photos from GAMES 2008 where I taught middle and high school girls about separations processes in Chemical Engineering:

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