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Tom S.

Huntsville, AL

$40/hour

Ph.D. candidate at UAH. I love math, science, and teaching!

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Mississippi State University
Mech Engineering
Mississippi State University
Master's

Education

Mississippi State University (Mech Engineering)

Mississippi State University (Master's)

About Tom

I'm passionate about my profession, and I love to teach others. As someone who has often benefited from professors and colleagues spending one on one time with me, I understand where my students are coming from. I try to be kind and understanding with people of any education level. I emphasize a practical approach, often beginning with examples and extrapolating theory from that. I love teaching just about anything I enjoy learning myself - I've also taught (non professionally) Python programming, tennis, and an ancient board game (Go) to roughly 100 people through a club I started. Many of the people I taught in those subjects have since surpassed me, and I like to think I helped give them the foundational understanding and passion that brought them there.

At Mississippi State I taught a Solid Mechanics lab for several years, and my section had the highest reviews for that subject every year (among 3 other subjects). Along with MSU and UAH, I have also worked for NASA as a civil servant at Stennis Space Center and at Marshal Space Flight Center, and the majority of my funding as a student also comes from NASA. My Ph.D. will be in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering with minors in mathematics and material science.

I have taken many courses on the way to my Ph.D. minor in mathematics, and I apply those classes frequently. Specifically I have tutored high schoolers for ACT/SAT and both undergrads and graduate students in Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations. I worked on a statistical analysis project with NASA. I was an invited speaker for the Mississippi State math club talking about some probability analysis I had been doing. Math is the language our world is written in. I love finding ways to describe the real world mathematically, and I am competent in teaching others the foundations to do that themselves.

I have both academic and real world experience in engineering. I have worked for NASA on the design/analysis end as well as the managerial end. Engineering to me is defined by a rigorous understanding of scientific principals applied to practical problem solving. Engineers are more scientific mercenaries than pure scientists. With engineering especially I like to work in examples. Most engineering problems can not be solved with a checklist but rather require a thorough understanding of the problem and context, so I do my best to make sure we always work on listing assumptions and grasping underlying principals.

Though not extraordinarily technical, it is worth noting that I also co-founded a product design business using my engineering knowledge. Economic considerations are an important aspect of an engineer's work.

I'm looking forward to meeting up with my new students! I'll make sure to be well prepared for our sessions. Contact me if you are interested.
I'm passionate about my profession, and I love to teach others. As someone who has often benefited from professors and colleagues spending one on one time with me, I understand where my students are coming from. I try to be kind and understanding with people of any education level. I emphasize a practical approach, often beginning with examples Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Huntsville, AL 35811
In-person lessons
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Mechanical Engineering,
Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, SAT Math

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Approved subjects

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Linear Algebra

I have had several courses in Linear Algebra as I have been pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. I use it frequently in my research which has involved developing my own thermal numerical analysis software. I write code to solve huge linear systems of equations, and I am competent in the application of linear algebra to engineering courses including differential equations.

Mechanical Engineering

I have a bachelor's degree and master's degree in mechanical engineering, and I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in it. I have taught two courses in Mechanical Engineering (Solid Mechanics and Intro to M.E.) at Mississippi State University. I have been employed as a mechanical engineer by NASA at two different locations.

Mississippi State University
Mech Engineering
Mississippi State University
Master's

Education

Mississippi State University (Mech Engineering)

Mississippi State University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Tom will travel within 30 miles of Huntsville, AL 35811.