Engineering (chemical engineering)
My first time teaching for college students was a Lab Instructor in the Unit operation laboratory. Being graduated 6 months before this position helped me understand and connect with students more effectively. Instruction was a challenge since the laboratory contained experiments related to momentum, heat and mass transfer operations in pilot and industrial scales.
I was very excited and little nervous. I was able to track the attention of students by using everyday life examples when explaining the experiment. For example in mass transfer experiment for batch distillation I explained types of liquors (wine, whiskey and Saki) how they are made from different concentrations of ethanol which was the main material processed in the batch distillation all the students responded well and interacted during the experiment and kept on even after they left the Lab.( they enjoyed it) . And also in the cooling tower experiment I used the domestic air cooler which every student has at home as an example to start the experiment and to help student connect with me. My Instruction in the Lab. continued until 2015 even after I earned my Ph. D. in 2005 I kept taking part time Lab instruction.
After 2005 I held a position as a senior lecture I was able to supervise final year project students and gave two courses for the third year students. They were applied numerical methods and optimization with Microsoft Excel application. This was the first time I taught in a classroom not in the laboratory. I started by explaining the importance of this course to the students in their future study and their career life and that they don’t have to memorize any equations or laws because they will be given to them in any test or exam. What helped me connect more with students was also using examples in my course from past and present courses taken by students (solving problems in fluid mechanics using numerical methods and also solving problems in thermodynamics…etc.). I was able to add computer Lab. to the course content of my first taught courses. Students were able to use Microsoft excel spread sheets to solve numerical methods problems and to use Microsoft excel solver tool in optimization problems. This also helped me to more connect with students and to monitor my teaching outcome from the student’s responses in the computer Lab.
In 2010 I was assigned to teach two courses in Thermodynamics l and Thermodynamics ll. I made a great transformation in these courses for the first time in the history of the department I made it an open book course even during weekly, monthly and final year exams. This helped the students to escape the fear of exam and to be self-dependent in problem solving in their future career. It also helped them how to find required data from text and hand books related to their field of expertise. I faced a lot of disagreement from faculty member in the department but as I was the assistant head of department I gained support from the head of department.
In 2011 i was able with some faculty members to transform the final year project of the undergraduate study into a classroom course.
My first post graduate supervision was in 2012. I supervised a MSc. student in the field of renewable energy. Till now I have supervised 4 MSc. students my last student will graduate at the end of 2015. In 2013 I taught my first course in thermodynamics for MSc. course it focused on phase equilibrium, energy and statistical thermodynamics also the course was an open book, class notes and references and the lectures were given using powerpoint media.
Finally I enjoyed my 15+ years as a faculty member and I love this career and will continue to give knowledge to gain respect and satisfaction of sole.
My first time teaching for college students was a Lab Instructor in the Unit operation laboratory. Being graduated 6 months before this position helped me understand and connect with students more effectively. Instruction was a challenge since the laboratory contained experiments related to momentum, heat and mass transfer operations in pilot and
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