Teaching Philosophy

Addressing the complex problems of our society (energy, health, and sustainability) will require solutions drawing on knowledge across disciplines. Scientists and engineers trained to utilize multidisciplinary knowledge will be increasingly sought after. My teaching philosophy embraces the burgeoning multidisciplinary approach to science and engineering as part of a chemical engineering curriculum, while maintaining the rigor of the traditional chemical engineering core. I focus on developing students' critical thinking skills by asking them to tackle new problems, that are often open ended, and have no single correct solution.

I believe that by breaking chemical engineering problems into their underlying fundamental phenomena, students can more easily see how to apply fundamental knowledge to other types of problems. In this way, they can make the connections between traditional chemical engineering problems, and problems in emerging multidisciplinary fields.

Courses Taught

Biomolecular Engineering (BMOLE 4250/6250) - Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017

Mass Transfer & Separation (ChE 3300) - Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

Chemical Reaction Engineering (ChE 4500) - Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015

Graduate Reaction Kinetics (ChE 8040) - Fall 2016

Unit Operations Lab II (ChE 4070) - Fall 2012

Honors Research (ChE 3950/4950) - Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

Creative Inquiry (ChE 1990/2990/3990/4990) - Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

Mentor Guided Research (CES 1900) - Summer 2014