The opportunity to teach and interact with engineering students and develop new teaching materials and techniques were among the primary reasons for seeking my career in academia. It is my strong believe that teaching is the highest form of understanding; however, it is not enough to only comprehend teaching materials but also teaching talent and skills are the most important tools that can make my teaching style admired. I also believe that the most important qualities of a successful university teacher are good preparation, clear presentation, and effective interaction with students. My philosophy is that getting to know the different learning styles of my students plays an essential role in motivating them to learn. I always consider how to present new material to my students, as it is very important to view the material from students' perspective. It needed me plenty of thoughts to figure out what works well for me and what is best for my students. Although course organization and good preparation are extremely important, flexibility in selecting the most effective teaching style and use of powerful teaching tools are also essential for me as a university teacher. Therefore, I always encourage my students to share their ideas, experience, and opinions. I continuously seek their feedback on my teaching, so I can apply the necessary changes and improvements early as possible in each semester. In class, I encourage students to feel free to interrupt me, ask questions, or request that an explanation be repeated or expanded, since this not only helps me to shape my teaching according to their needs, but also allows me to improve my teaching skills and lecture notes. According to my experience as a civil engineering professor and professional structural engineer, I believe that linking theories with engineering practice by giving examples of real-life and industry-related problems makes complex concepts and problems easy to comprehend and enjoyable to study.
CURRENT TEACHING ASSIGNMENTS
- ENGI 3335: Structural Analysis (previously taught as Structural Analysis I)
- ENGI 0638: Computer-Aided Structural Analysis and Design
- ENGI 3452: Finite Element Methods
- ENGI 5593: Structural Design for Fire Resistance (Graduate Course)