Teaching Experience: Assistant instructor and preceptor

  • Mechanics of Fluids: MAE 222 (Spring 2014, Spring 2016)
  • Simulation and Modeling of Fluid Flows: MAE 557 (Spring 2016)
  • Aircraft Design: MAE 332 (Spring 2015)
  • Fluid Dynamics: MAE 335 (Fall 2014)

Average Student Rating: 4.7/5.0
Select Student Comments:

  • "His precepts were very well done. He has a refreshing easy-going manner."
  • "He asked for class feedback often so he always figured out what we didn't understand and then explained it very thoroughly."
  • "He is just a wonderful person, and helped me with my problem sets all the time. A fantastic teacher."
  • "He is always willing to meet and help, even outside of office hours."
  • "He is one of the best preceptors I've ever had. He goes out of his way to help students and brings clarity where there might be confusion."
  • "He is an extremely devoted and helpful TA. He was constantly available to students, and I believe everyone appreciated this."
  • "He cares a lot about the class and the students."
  • "He is an extremely dedicated preceptor, always going above and beyond for his students."
  • "He is very approachable with questions."

Teaching Awards:

  • Excellence in Teaching Award: Awarded by the Princeton Engineering Council and Graduate Engineering Council on behalf of the students in MAE 335 (2014)
  • Crocco Award for Teaching Excellence: Awarded by the faculty of the MAE Department in recognition of outstanding performance as an Assistant in Instruction for MAE 222 (2014)

Teagle Teaching Seminar

One excellent program that I was lucky enough to take part in was the Teagle Teaching Seminar, a year-long collaboration between graduate students and faculty to engage current research in teaching and learning in higher education (Link). Over the course of a year, we dove into the rich literature in the field of pedagogy and engaged many relevant studies concerning modern teaching practices, classroom strategies, and course design philosophies. This experience greatly encouraged and further solidified my passion for teaching, and implementing the various tools and discussions from this program into my own teaching has been a great benefit to myself and to my students. Some of the key texts studied throughout the program that I found especially helpful were:

  • Designing significant learning experiences (by L. Dee Fink)
  • What the best college teachers do (by Ken Bain)
  • Pedagogies of engagement: classroom-based practices (by Smith et al. 2005)
  • Facilitating discussion: posing problems, listening, questioning (by W. J. McKeachie)