University of Houston (Mechanical Engi.)
University of Houston (PhD)
Hello! I'm Ethan P., a 26 year old male currently pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Houston National Wind Energy Center with a focus on VARIM composite manufacturing process modeling and simulation. I'm a research assistant and a teaching assistant (TA). Within the past year I have helped facilitate and teach MECE 4331 (Machine Design) and MECE 3400 (Intro to Mechanics) and I look forward to further opportunities as a TA in the upcoming fall and spring semesters. I have also served as a mentor for a Capstone team. I graduated at the top of my MECE class in undergraduate study at the University of Houston.
I have always enjoyed learning through teaching and I have led many study groups in the past. My preferred teaching method is one that emphasizes a physical understanding of a problem so a student can reach a solution through derivation or intuition instead of memorization. My goal is to help other students while keeping the knowledge I have learned fresh in mind.
The MECE program at UH focuses on physical understanding and mathematics. I obtained a minor in mathematics by taking courses in Accelerated Calculus, Advanced Linear Algebra, Partial Differential Equations, Methods of Applied Mathematics (Parts I and II), Numerical Methods and Optimization Theory.
As a MECE student for the past 8 years, I have specialized in Fluid Dynamics, Computational fluid Dynamics, Statics, Dynamics, Solid Mechanics, Experimental Methods and Composite Materials. I also have a solid understanding of Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics. I need to review topics within materials science and control systems.
I enjoy tutoring on campus at the University of Houston or at coffee shops. Just give me a heads up on whatever subject you are working on so I can review and prepare materials beforehand. I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your goals! Hello! I'm Ethan P., a 26 year old male currently pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Houston National Wind Energy Center with a focus on VARIM composite manufacturing process modeling and simulation. I'm a research assistant and a teaching assistant (TA). Within the past year I have helped facilitate and teach MECE
He helped me with matlab for my computing for engineers course. He was very helpful at helping me get through a fairly tricky question step by step. We went through problem and he coded it himself in order to compare work. It was really useful and I would recommend his help for those who need it.
Ethan assisted me with my graduate level heat transfer homework. He was very knowledgeable in the subject matter and provided thorough explanations of how to approaches/ solve problems. He seemed to have a general interest in ensuring I understood how to solve the problems, as opposed to just solving the problems himself. I would recommend Ethan to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of complex engineering concepts.
We worked on Linear Algebra. Conversation was free-flowing. We talked about the theory. He ha a lot of examples to help explain the theory.
As a Freshman at UH, I completed Advanced Honors Calculus with an A grade and went on to gain a minor in Mathematics. I kept my calculus knowledge fresh as an undergraduate and graduate student in mechanical engineering. I try to teach a physical understanding and derivation of the problem along with its application when possible.
I passed MATH 3363: Introduction to Partial Differential Equations with an A grade in the Spring of 2010. I have also received grades of A- or better in Solid Mechanics, Intro to Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer and Computational Fluid Dynamics I and II which require an understanding of differential equations. In graduate courses, differential equations were emphasized in Methods of Applied Mathematics I and II, Viscous Flow Theory, and Multiphase Flows. My research into the liquid phase of composite processing requires an understanding of differential equations.
As a graduate student in mechanical engineering I have time for one hobby and I chose to focus on golf. It is easily my favorite hobby as I golf at least once per week. My last 10 rounds were scores of 77, 82, 78, 76, 76, 80, 85, 84, 89 and 82. My lowest score is a 72 (twice) I have taught 6 friends how to play and am currently teaching another. As a student of the game, I have read 'Ben Hogan's Five Lessons' and learned from watching professional gofers as a volunteer at the Shell Houston Open. I competed in the Houston Junior Golf Association for a year and have found a few to compete in since then, winning the Spring 2016 Intramural Golf Tournament at the University of Houston.
I passed MATH 4377: Advanced Linear Algebra I with an A grade in the Summer of 2011. I graduated in 2012 from the University of Houston with a math minor and have since taken courses in graduate school which teach or require an understanding of linear algebra such as: Theory of Elasticity, Methods of Applied Mathematics I and II and Composite Materials. I was also a Teaching Assistant in the Fall of 2015 for MECE 3400: Introduction to Mechanics, which involves some linear algebra.
I received an A grade in CHEE 1331: Computing for Engineers (A MATLAB, Excel and Fortran course) at the University of Houston. I have since used MATLAB throughout my undergraduate and graduate career as a tool for solving problems, plotting, analyzing data and performing basic numerical procedures. When I have taught peers how to use MATLAB, I have done so through buddy coding and writing sample code.
I graduated in the Spring of 2012 at the top of my mechanical engineering class at the University of Houston with a 3.790 GPA, Summa Cum Laude Honors, Honors in Major, and a Mathematics Minor. I am currently pursuing my PhD in mechanical engineering and possess a GPA of 3.500 and I have passed the Qualifying Exam. I have been a Teaching Assistant for two MECE courses: Intro to Mechanics and Design of Machine Elements and look forward to being a TA during upcoming semesters. I specialize in Fluid Dynamics, Numerical Fluid Dynamics, experimentation and Mechanics as they relate to my research in composites and I have a solid understanding of heat transfer and thermodynamics.