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Andy D.

Chemical Engineer Professor and Entrepreneur

Culver City, CA (90232)

Travel radius
20 miles
Hourly fee
$150.00
Background check passed as of 9/29/14
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I mentor aspiring engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and doctors who are motivated to learn how to think. I received my BS and MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 2004, and my Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Caltech in 2012.

Over the past decade, I have mentored students who have gone onto thrive at MIT, Princeton, Dartmouth, Stanford, and the University of Chicago, amongst other top-tier universities.

My approach is intuitive and example-driven. We thrive in solving relevant problems. We all have countless friends who say that they ‘hate math’ but, at the same time, are proficient calculators when they are shortchanged at the register. I help my clients invest more deeply in their work, and help them find their passion.

My career is a blend of entrepreneurship and technical consulting. My current company analyzes residential electricity meter data to generate recommendations, like adjusting the timer on the air conditioner and the pool pump, that save money and reduce power plant emissions. I make time for teaching, because I enjoy interacting with smart, driven students across all age groups. I am an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, and taught Nanotechnology in 2012. I have also done summer science programs for elementary/middle schools in Seoul, South Korea, over the past few years. I make time for one-on-one tutoring with a few clients because I find it rewarding to be a long-term mentor, where I get to see the client grow to discover their passion.

If you are eager to learn how to unleash your creativity to solve unfamiliar problems, I look forward to hearing from you!

Andy

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Andy’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Computer:
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science
Business:
GMAT
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GMAT, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
GMAT, Statistics

Calculus

Between college and graduate school, I took 7 years of calculus and related subjects I have 3 years of experience tutoring advanced math - calculus and beyond.

I use advanced math 5 to 20 times a year in my career. Calculus in particular is helpful with designing cleantech and biotech instrumentation, and predicting its performance.

Chemical Engineering

I am a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Caltech. Over the past decade, I have mentored students who have gone onto thrive at MIT, Princeton, Dartmouth, Stanford, and the University of Chicago, amongst other top-tier universities

Chemistry

I have broad expertise in chemistry. I have studied all of the sub-disciplines (i.e., physical, analytical, organic) in depth, and I have years of experience tutoring introductory and general chemistry.

Professionally, I have used chemistry to develop a proprietary wastewater reclamation method, and to develop medical devices for early detection of dangerous bacteria.

Differential Equations

Most of my clients for differential equations have been taking introductory courses that focus on ordinary differential equations, and commonly the problems they work are linear and first order. I have also worked with clients on second order ordinary differential equations, and special cases where nonlinear equations have unique solutions. My favorite topics are partial differential equations, and I help clients learn numerical and analytical (i.e., separation of variables) techniques.

Linear Algebra

I am an expert in using linear algebra to solve systems of equations. I have worked with clients who are new to matrix math, all the way to advanced graduate students who are working with eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and higher order tensors. Most of my linear algebra clients are taking engineering classes that rely heavily on both linear algebra and differential equations.

MATLAB

I have experience with using MATLAB for linear algebra, differential equations, regression analysis, error analysis, and simulation. I am experienced with mentoring clients who are new to programming, and need support as they learn the basics of writing scripts and debugging. I fit best with students who are using Matlab as a tool for engineering courses (undergraduate and graduate).

Precalculus

Between college and graduate school, I took 7 years of calculus and related subjects I have 3 years of experience tutoring advanced math - calculus and beyond.

I use advanced math 5 to 20 times a year in my career. Calculus in particular is helpful with designing cleantech and biotech instrumentation, and predicting its performance.

SAT Math

Improving your score on the SAT requires more than simple practice; you need to target where the test designers' tricks are disproportionately damaging your scores.

We will work together to quickly diagnose where the tricks are hurting you the most, and to prioritize where you focus your studies. We will take your 600 to a 700, and your 750 to an 800.

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Education

University of Notre Dame (Chemical Engineering)

University of Notre Dame (MBA)

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (PhD)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $150.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Andy will travel within 20 miles of Culver City, CA 90232.

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