Engineer, Designer, Inventor, Teacher, Artist

Teaching

Teaching

Foreword on Instruction:

My passion for teaching forces me to find new ways to reach students and get them excited about engineering.  My teaching style can be best described as hybrid:  I maintain a traditional classroom with heavy reliance on projects and attention getting demonstrations.  The courses I teach get rave reviews because of the secret ingredient I lace into every lecture:  relevance!  I find that people are willing to work very hard if they see a reason and a goal.  For too long, students have been punished with an endless train of seemingly useless knowledge.  The moment you tie the lecture and understanding to reality and teach high level concepts BEFORE theory, you connect with everyone and hold their attention through the difficult science.  Most of all, I am a believer in STEAM vs. STEM and more specifically, all disciplines.  We need a complete education system to enable an balanced and successful future.

Fall 2019 Teaching Load:

Thermodynamics: EGN 3343 s2 (fully themed thermodyamics class based on the Netflix hit series, Stranger Things!)

(all course material is available on the USF CANVAS delivery system)

Spring 2019 Teaching Load:

MakeCourse: EEL4935/EEL 6936 (2 sections, alternative style classroom with hands-on instruction regarding 3D printing, embedded systems programming, C++, object oriented programming, peripheral sensor and module use, and systems integration!)

(all course material is available on the USF CANVAS delivery system and makecourse.com)

Fall 2018 Teaching Load:

MakeCourse: EEL4935/EEL 6936 (2 sections, alternative style classroom with hands-on instruction regarding 3D printing, embedded systems programming, C++, object oriented programming, peripheral sensor and module use, and systems integration!)

(all course material is available on the USF CANVAS delivery system and makecourse.com)

Graduate Study: ENG (1 sections, Electromagnetic plasma thruster research for nano/cube sat applications)

 

Summer 2018 Teaching Load:

Thermodynamics: EGN3343 (2 sections, fully themed thermodyamics class based on the Netflix hit series, Stranger Things!)

(all course material is available on the USF CANVAS delivery system)

 

Spring 2018 Teaching Load:

Automation and Robotics:  EIN4601C (6 sections, with live stream of lecture, hands-on labs covering robotics, programming, machine vision, PLCs, electronics, sensors, and more!)

(all course material is available on the USF CANVAS delivery system)

 

Past Teaching Assignments:

EEL 4935 – MakeCourseElectrical Engineering   2016-Present
A multidisciplinary project oriented course which focus on embedded code development, electronics design, and digital prototyping.

EGN 3343 – ThermodynamicsChemical/Mechanical Engineering   2016-Present
General thermodynamics course covering gas law, basic laws, steam table use, and word problem solving in addition to live demonstrations.

EIN 4621 – Manufacturing ProcessesIndustrial Engineering   2016-Present
General manufacturing methods for the full gamut of micro to macro manufactured products—includes practical milling, lathe, and 3D printing lab.

EIN 4601C – Automation and RoboticsIndustrial Engineering   2017-Present
Developed and taught lab and some in-class lectures: Basic controls theory, PID, machine vision, ladder logic, MATLAB, robotic arms and PLC.

EML 4552 – Independent StudyMechanical Engineering   2016
This semester focused on technical and manufacturing challenges to create a working BB-8 “droid” as presented in the popular film series Star Wars.

ART 4905 – Directed StudyArt and Chemical Engineering   2016-Present
DBOM (Design, Build, Operate, Maintain) world’s largest polar ceramic 3D printer. Key features include high precision motor control, logic for
cartesian to cylindrical coordinate conversion, 5-ton clay dispenser, innovative quick-change build plate.
Low-cost, portable aquaponics and hydroponics research testbed using expanded clay pellets and rock wool growth mediums.

MISC – Various Invited Talks and LecturesEngineering  2008-Present

 

Select Student Feedback:

Summer 2016:  Full student feedback from Thermodynamics Instruction

Summer 2017:  Full student feedback from Thermodynamics Summer 2017

Fall 2017:           Full student feedback from Thermodynamics Fall 2017

Spring 2018:

Summer 2018:   Full Student feedback from Thermodynamics Summer 2018

Fall 2018:  Full Student Feedback from MakeCourse Fall 2018

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