Joined Jan 3 2013
I enjoy that I get to balance my professional time between working on scientific research projects and teaching budding engineers and scientists. Whether it's a new research finding or seeing the "light bulb" go on for a student, I feel invigorated most days by my work.
In the research lab, my team is working on developing and utilizing computational tools for investigating nanoscale science and engineering applications. We also develop software solutions for computational materials science that can predict the macroscopic properties of a material (mechanical, electrical, biocompatible, etc.) from its molecular building blocks.
In the classroom, I apply active learning strategies to engage the students and to appeal to as many learning styles as I can throughout the lesson. I put much effort toward designing assignments that necessitate critical thinking and problem solving strategies, and thus steer the students toward going beyond just crunching numbers and "regurgitating" the technical content. I also incorporate practical applications and examples into the course that appeal to the students, such as the potential implications on the environment.
You can learn more about me at my research team's website: