My name is Greg L., and I have been a practicing engineer for both the public and private sector for greater than 10 years. I have both my Masters in Engineering and Bachelors of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and Penn State University, respectively. I also am a licensed Mechanical Engineer in Maryland. My academic strengths are in the core mathematics including calculus and applied physics. I have taken the SAT's, GRE and PE exams.
Although I have not been a formal instructor or tutor in the past, I have acted as an instructor conveying technical information to those with a non-technical background throughout my career. I have overseen aircraft carrier propulsion plant component testing, in which explaining "how" to trades performing the test and "what" the results were to management were pivotal parts of the job. I have been a technical expert consultant for civil litigation and insurance cases in the forensics engineering field where explaining technical information to a non-technical audience was paramount. Finally, I presently manage sustainability innovation grants in which I must understand and be able to explain the ideas to a varied audience most of which is non-technical. So although I have not been a formal instructor, I have acted in this role for over a decade and enjoy breaking down information into digestible, understandable nuggets. I enjoy using analogies and metaphors to accomplish this. One that comes to mind is that one can compare the flow of electricity to the flow of a river with regards to velocity of flow and flow mass. So if someone understands fluid flow but not the relationship between current and voltage, then this analogy comes in handy.
I believe that understanding the "why" of mathematics is crucial. I don't believe in equation memorization, in most instances, but rather believe in core equation understanding. Once you understand why an equation exists and how it can be manipulated and used, then the follow up equations become intuitive. An example of this is understanding that calculus is nothing more than how a relationship changes with time, and a prime relationship example is distance, velocity and acceleration. Velocity is the derivative of the distance equation and acceleration is the derivative of the velocity equation - three key equations to dynamics analysis that, once you know one, you can interpolate and take the derivative or manipulate in such a way to find the vast majority of all core dynamics equations.
So, again, thank you for you time and consideration. I look forward to helping with understanding and applying technical concepts to exams and real world applications.
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