Teaching Philosophy

Much of my identity as a bioengineer, a researcher, and an educator is shaped by the myriad of excellent teachers I’ve had in my life. I would not be an academic in STEM without my faithful teachers whom allowed me to stay in the labs after hours, whom ordered new chemicals for me to explore my ideas, and whom answered my numerous questions which were often loosely related to class. My goal as a teacher is to extend this passion for learning to my students and help them discover their own identity. In my classroom I aim to (i) inspire my students to learn and chase after their interests, (ii) teach strong fundamentals which can be applied to any career path, and (iii) teach how to utilize the plethora of resources available to tackle real world problems. In addition to these goals, I am very passionate about engineering education research and increasing the representation of minorities in STEM.

Teaching Awards

For teaching BIOE 202: Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab, I have been listed in the U of I list of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for all three semesters with an outstanding ranking. I have also received the Bioengineering Department Teaching Excellence Fellowship and several others for my teaching experience and engineering education research. For full list of awards and award descriptions, visit the awards page.

Current Courses

  • SP 2018SP 2016

    BIOE 202: Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab

    Head Teaching Assistant. Course description: Principles of cell biology inherent in tissue engineering design. Lab experience in safely and skillfully manipulating cells of the four tissue types and performing various quantitative analyses on products produced by cells that have differentiated.

  • SP 2017SP 2016

    ENG 198: Writing in Engineering Fields

    Co-Instructor. Course description: Introducing students to reading and writing in common Engineering genres/fields and equipping students with communication skills for conducting research. This course meets the Composition 1 requirement.

Past Courses

  • PresentSU 2016

    ENG 198: Illinois Engineering First-Year Experience: Research

    Co-Instructor. Course description: Are you interested in learning more about research in engineering at Illinois? In this course you will develop a research proposal based on your own interests, and learn how to communicate about it effectively. You will become familiar with the resources and opportunities on campus for conducting research — including labs, libraries, the research park, and interdisciplinary organizations.

  • FA 2013FA 2013

    Eng 315: Learning in Community

    Co-Project Manager/TA. Course description: LINC is an interdisciplinary, inquiry-guided service-learning course in which students provide meaningful service through the conception, development, and implementation of projects in collaboration with non-profits and community partners. Each section of the course is dedicated to a nonprofit organization that has proposed one or more projects of importance to the organization.