For the academic year 2015-2016 I was a assistant for Unified Engineering, the introductory MIT Aero/Astro engineering course that unifies the topics of structures, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and signals and systems. I help teach the thermodynamics section of the course. My role included teaching and assisting students during office hours, helping develop and evaluate problem sets and exam material, and assisting in labs.
In addition to teaching Thermodynamics, I have mentored 6 undergraduate student on research projects relating to my work. Working with motivated students on research projects is always very rewarding. I try to avoid assigning undergraduates to projects that are simply data processing tasks or other uncreative endeavors because these types of things do not expose them to the research process and the essence of academic discovery. My philosophy is to help guide students through the research process but to also give them freedom to form their own hypothesis and explore it by applying the scientific method.
Explaining the parts of a jet turbine engine before the jet engine lab experiment.
Image Header Credit: NASA Image of the Day. Jan 12, 2014.