Teaching

Instructor

As part of the MechSE Summer Teaching Fellowship, I co-instructed an undergraduate course on introductory dynamics in Summer 2020.

Summer 2020: TAM 212 – Introductory Dynamics (Co-instructor: Prof. Wayne Change)

Teaching Assistant

I have been working as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since Fall 2017.  As a teaching assistant, I have lead and instructed theory and practical applications of fundamental principles of statics (TAM 210/11), solid mechanics (TAM 251), and dynamics (TAM 212) during the discussion sessions. I have been spearheading PrairieLearn, an online assessment tool, development work for TAM 212 (Introductory Dynamics) course.

The courses that I have been TA for:

Fall 2020: TAM 212 – Introductory Dynamics (Instructors: Prof. Katie Matlack)

Spring 2020: TAM 212 – Introductory Dynamics (Instructors: Prof. Matt West and Prof. Elif Ertekin)

Fall 2019: TAM 212 – Introductory Dynamics (Instructor: Prof. Srinivasa Salapaka)

Spring 2019: TAM 212 – Introductory Dynamics (Instructors: Prof. Matt West and Prof. Katie Matlack)

Fall 2018: TAM 212 – Introductory Dynamics (Instructor: Prof. Chia-Fon Lee)

Summer 2018: TAM 251 – Introductory Solid Mechanics (Instructors: Prof. Blake Johnson and Dr. Juyoung Leem)

Spring 2018: TAM 212 – Introductory Dynamics (Instructors: Prof. Matt West and Prof. Katie Matlack)

Fall 2017: TAM 251 – Introductory Solid Mechanics (Instructor: Prof. Mariana Silva)

My responsibilities as a TA include:

  • PrairieLearn (an online exam system) development: generating/coding/testing new exam questions in PrairieLearn based on Bloom’s Taxonomy (includes writing code, drawing schematics, annotating diagrams)
  • Assisting the instructors with the classroom instructions, writing, verifying & grading exams.
  • Heading discussion sessions and creating discussion worksheets
  • Tutoring/Mentoring students through office hours.
  • Guiding students with academic projects (includes project planning, designing an experiment, report writing)

As a TAM 212 Teaching Assistant, I have worked with students on course project aimed at designing a Ping-pong ball launcher. The Project emphasizes applying fundamental concepts of rigid body dynamics learned in this course to experimentally evaluate drag parameters, numerically solve initial-value problems, and physically build a launching device that replicates the analytical model. The freedom students have with this project tends to make the assignment less stressful and more fun while learning the practical applications of classroom theories. Watch below a group of students from TAM 212 Sp2019 class successfully hitting the target through their launcher along with some other innovative launcher designs from this class.