I built my teaching experience during my doctoral studies in the Physics Department of Kansas State University where I was employed as a Teaching Assistant for four years. I taught two sections a week for two hours each with 35-40 students of Engineering Physics studios (the studios were lab and recitation combined). Engineering Physics courses were offered to students majoring in various types of engineering and scientific fields. The course covered Mechanics, Thermodynamics with brief introduction to Statistical Mechanics, Electromagnetism, and Optics. I also taught two sections a week for two hours each with 35-40 students of General Physics labs. The course of General Physics covered all the same subjects as Engineering Physics but was designed for students whom were not majoring in technical areas.
As a part of my teaching assignment I was tutoring students for two hours a week to help them with homework and any other questions they had about the subject matter covered in class. I also held open office hours where students were welcome to come and ask questions related to the course and study material.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University, Saint Petersburg Russia - Bachelors, Physics
Graduate Degree: Kansas State University - PHD, Physics
I enjoy the outdoors and wildlife. I am also a connoisseur of aviation, cars, space exploration, clean energy, and pretty much everything technical.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I can break down complex concepts to make them understandable by using engaging analogies and examples of how physics manifests itself in our daily life. I find my students will grasp the concept better and more accurately this way than what the, at times, dry text attempts to do. I also tend to use my own sense of humor and personality to make physics a more exciting subject to learn. One thing that will be clear to my students is that I am engaged and care about physics a great deal. I bring this passion into the learning environment, so that the students will become motivated and impassioned, just as I am about the topic.