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There is no doubt that knowledge and expertise are the basis of every successful country which only can be guaranteed by emphasizing on high-quality teaching for next generations. I remember since the young age, I have been enjoying and feeling honored to share any new knowledge with other students which are the motivations of my teaching desire at the present time. 14 years of experience in teaching from being a private tutor, lab instructor to instructor of record in different universities not only helped me to increase my expertise and experience in teaching but also guided me to pursue my long term job in teaching. My research experience has helped me a lot to gain more knowledge that can be useful in teaching and design new applied courses.

In my philosophy, a responsible teacher is a person who cares about all students’ progress in the class which it means some factors are indispensable. Well organized and structured materials can be considered as the first necessary item. Regardless of the topic and the level, of course, the method of introducing new materials to students is very important. Having a trend and connection during teaching is really significant. A well-prepared speech should contain not only theories but also examples to motivate students about the course.

The second parameter is class interaction which is the key to learning for class based teaching. How can we increase the class interaction of students in the class, especially for undergraduate courses? This is the question I have been asking myself a lot since many years ago. I reached to a method that can enhance the class interaction and involve them more in the class, and more importantly decrease their stress and encourage them more for learning. Taking a random quiz (extra credit exam) in the class of the material being taught in the same session is the method, worked very well for me. I used this method not only for mathematics courses but also as a lab instructor and the courses I taught as an instructor of record. It encourages students to take a look on the board and always listen to the materials to get an extra credit for their final score.

The third factor is communication. Although class interaction and well-organized materials can be helpful for a better communication to transfer the knowledge and materials to students, a teacher needs to have effective communication skills to make more comfortable atmosphere for students to ask their questions without any hesitation even outside of the class which requires having proper office hours and also being generous in making time for students who are behind from the class.

As I have been encouraged by my professors, who have taught me various useful skills in teaching, I do believe my great passion for teaching, several years of experience in teaching and industry; brilliant and high ranked academic background and good communication skills make me a successful lecturer.

Nima’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Amirkabir University of Technology - Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Degree: University of New Mexico-Main Campus - Master of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Test Scores

GRE Quantitative: 160

Hobbies

Hiking, biking, swimming and jogging