I am a graduate of Purdue University. I received my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and am currently pursuing a doctorate at ASU. Since graduation, I have held two professional engineering positions. One involved overseeing operations for Halliburton Energy Services in Colorado and the second was as a project engineer for LyondellBasell in New Jersey. Between these positions, I returned to my undergraduate campus in Indiana. I performed research for one of the leading professors in my engineering concentration and often tutored co-workers in college math and physics classes. While studying for the GRE, I developed my own study system and approach which has been passed on and used by several friends. My teaching style can be best described as knowledge gap identification. I believe that the single most important thing for learning, after attitude, is identifying exactly what information has been miscommunicated. After this step, almost any person can learn any subject with enough patience.
I moved to Arizona after accepting ASU's offer and have enjoyed the state since. During my first semester, I worked as a teaching assistant and was responsible for four lab sections of undergraduate engineering students. At the same time, I also performed robotics research in the Biomechatronics Lab under the direction of Dr. Veronica Santos. This research continued until her departure to UCLA. At this time, I am beginning work in the SpaceTREx laboratory and will be focused on space-oriented robotics. In my spare time I like to hike, rock climb, read, work on my novel, and build gadgets.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Purdue University - Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Degree: Arizona State University - Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering
GRE Quantitative: 165
Hike, rock climb, read, work on my novel, and build gadgets.
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching style can be best described as knowledge gap identification. I believe that the single most important thing for learning, after attitude, is identifying exactly what information has been miscommunicated. After this step, almost any person can learn any subject with enough patience.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Identify exactly what their goals are for the class and exactly where their biggest knowledge gaps are.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teach them not just how to solve a particular type of problem but also the correct way to approach learning and problem solving.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Encourage incremental improvement and use proper goal setting.