Teaching

Teaching Assistant

I thoroughly enjoy interacting with students and relaying the concepts I use in my research through the class setting. I have held several teaching assistant positions, which I have found both challenging and rewarding. My responsibilities have included:

  • Holding help sessions
  • Teaching lectures
  • Proctoring exams
  • Grading homework

In the future I look forward to teaching my own courses in engineering, especially related to design and robotics.

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Strengths of Materials: MIE 211 (spring 2011)

Rice University
Modeling of Dynamic Systems:  MECH 343 (fall 2012, fall 2013)
Mechanical Design Applications:  MECH 401 (spring 2013)
Fundamentals of Control Systems:  MECH 420 (spring 2014)
Nonlinear Systems:  MECH 508 (fall 2014)
Design of Mechatronic Systems:  MECH 488/588 (spring 2015)

Outreach

In addition to teaching and publishing, outreach is an essential piece to research. Giving back to the community through STEM outreach to K-12 students helps to improve awareness of STEM fields as well as providing everyone the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

Tutor, Old School After School Care  (09/2012 – 01/2014):  Volunteered weekly at an after school care for middle school aged children in the Houston area, tutoring in math, science, language, and history
College Captain, Great Minds in STEM National Awareness Day Program  (11/2012):  Volunteered for the Viva Technology program at Rice School in Houston, TX. Motivated and aided the students for their three engineering challenges
Research Advisor, Rice Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering Summer Academy (06/2013 – 06/2014):  Mentored a senior high school student for a two week project, culminating in a five minute poster presentation, on balancing an inverted pendulum with a PD controlled DC motor through analog and digital control implementations
Lab Tours (2012 – Present): Participated in several lab tours including outreach tours to STEM students ranging from grades K-12