One of the most rewarding aspects of an academic position is the opportunity to teach and interact with students. I view teaching and student mentorship as essential components of a vibrant research program, and engineering studies as an inherently multidisciplinary area for engaging physical phenomena, mathematical techniques, and the human skills. As an aeronautical engineer, I have had multiple opportunities to involve students in research that addresses mechanical engineering problems...
One of the most rewarding aspects of an academic position is the opportunity to teach and interact with students. I view teaching and student mentorship as essential components of a vibrant research program, and engineering studies as an inherently multidisciplinary area for engaging physical phenomena, mathematical techniques, and the human skills. As an aeronautical engineer, I have had multiple opportunities to involve students in research that addresses mechanical engineering problems through vigorous, science-grounded programs. My teaching experience has been rich, varied, and characterized by uniformly superior evaluations.
Whether or not they realize it, students have the freedom to explore and to think about problems in new ways. As teachers, we have the opportunity to guide students’ discoveries, and learn a great deal in the process. I would be most interested in teaching classes in the areas of aeronautical engineering as well as mechanical engineering such as aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, aero-engines, turbomachines, thermodynamics, CFD, strength analysis of structures, control systems, and modeling, especially those classes with a strong lab component.
At Sudan Air Force Institute, I developed an elementary level course for aeronautical technicians entitled Air Engineering Servicing that taught students how to inspect aircraft components and carry out the repairs and maintenance to airframe parts and engine components. I also developed an upper-level undergraduate engineering courses entitled Conceptual Design, Analysis and Optimization of Turbomachines that taught students how to design and analyze compressors (Centrifugal and Axial), Turbines (Axial and Radial) Fans and Pumps. I also developed some diploma courses for aeronautical technicians, license courses for aeronautical engineers, technician engineers, and technicians (Basic Trade Courses), license course for aeronautical technicians (Auxiliary Trade Courses), pilot’s ground school courses (Long & Short Term Courses) and under graduate engineering courses (Both Aeronautical & Mechanical).
As a faculty member of SAFI, I participated positively in the Curriculum Committees which set and reviewed the institute curriculum through the academic link-up program between the institute and South-East Wales Polytechnic.
At Karrary Academy of Technology, I developed an upper-level undergraduate engineering course entitled Aerodynamics of Rotating Machines that taught students how to carry out the aero-thermodynamic and acoustic analysis of rotating machines. I also developed advanced graduate level courses entitled “Numerical Combustion”, “Technical Measurements”, and “Numerical Aerodynamics” taught to master degree students. On the other hand, I taught undergraduate engineering courses such as Design of Jet Engines, Mechanical Design of Machine Elements, Machining, Non-Cutting Shaping, Mechanics of Flight, and Airframe Design.
In addition to any of the courses discussed above, I would be comfortable teaching introductory courses in aeronautical and mechanical engineering; intermediate and advanced courses to both undergraduate and graduate students. I would also welcome the opportunity to teach upper-division undergraduate or graduate courses on the aeronautical engineering and mechanical engineering, including intensive analytical, numerical and laboratory works.
As an aeronautical engineer having teaching skills, I contributed in the establishment of Sudan Air force college, Piloting Section in Port Sudan; I organized, coordinated, and taught in many courses held by SAFI, I worked as a member of the SAFI Institute academic board for 8 years and a member of curriculum development committee for the faculty of engineering of Karrary Academy of Technology for 7 years. I was the supervisor of the fluid mechanics laboratory and the wind tunnel in faculty of engineering for 2 years. I supervised the team working in the projects of the school of aeronautics in the college of aviation sciences in Khartoum- Sudan. I also participated in the project of Khartoum aerospace and technology academy.
Unquestionably my favorite aspect of teaching is in working with students individually as an advisor. In my tenure at the Air force institute and Karray academy of technology I have been very active in giving advice and help to more junior graduate students, offering technical suggestions and ideas as well as helping them to refine and explain their projects. In many cases, I have been able to encourage students to fit their projects together to avoid overlap and increase the utility and power of their work.
As a faculty member, I expect working with students to be one of the most rewarding aspects, both because it represents an opportunity to push forward research that I may not have time to explore, and because of the fresh ideas that the students will bring. A second aspect of teaching that I enjoy is the development of a well–designed course and associated materials. In my experience, I have learned a great deal about a subject in the process of organizing it for presentation. I also enjoy planning out home works, quizzes, and projects with care to eliminate busywork, errors and unnecessary confusion, allowing students to get right to the heart of the problems. This can be a time–consuming process and may require additional resources, but I believe that it vastly improves the student experience.
A third aspect of teaching that interests me is an idea that I would like to explore on a much longer–term basis. In my experience in school and in industry, I have found that class-based courses do not always teach the skills required to be a good engineer or scientific researcher. In my case, I found myself learning these skills not from coursework but by sharing ideas and thoughts with others and discussing their approaches, and from a hodgepodge of online literature.
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