I am an Arizona State University graduate with a Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with a career that spans over twenty-five years of research and development on cutting edge technology programs for the aerospace industry. I am an adjunct professor teaching College Algebra at the Mathematical Sciences Department, Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, and Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics at the General Engineering Department at Montana Tech.
I have learned of the...
I am an Arizona State University graduate with a Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with a career that spans over twenty-five years of research and development on cutting edge technology programs for the aerospace industry. I am an adjunct professor teaching College Algebra at the Mathematical Sciences Department, Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, and Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics at the General Engineering Department at Montana Tech.
I have learned of the great importance that mathematics and applied sciences have in the education of well-rounded, skilled professionals. Many times over the last decade my colleagues and friends asked me if I would consider a career in teaching. For the same number of times I would answer that my primary interest was in scientific research and studying physics that has not yet been understood and applied in our world. My passion for research was overwhelming and therefore exclusive in many ways.
Over time, a process has brought me to a point in my career where with the same passion I want to now share my knowledge with and help educate new generations of students. The reasons are many, yet they all sum up to one: by improving our education we improve our world. On different occasions, during team or conference meetings, I would hear my fellow colleagues expressing concern that new generations are well trained to run software packages for complex problems and to present their results with colorful graphics, yet have difficulty performing independent analyses starting from the basic principles and building understanding from simple one-dimensional to more complex multi-dimensional physics. Where do we start addressing the issue that seems to be common for a number of reputable institutions? Can I help? And which discipline could be more important in guiding clear, logical thinking and approach to problem solving than mathematics? Considering that most academic disciplines require mastering of the Intermediate and College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus I, it is important that students build their skills starting with the lower-level courses and then mastering appropriate prerequisites as required by the academic field of study.
It woulds be my pleasure to apply my teaching and problem solving skills to contribute towards the educational excellence of new generations of students.