I have been a teaching assistant for multiple engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. As an engineering educator, I incorporate hands-on demonstrations and relatable, engaging examples into the core curriculum. As a biomaterials engineer, that often means bringing slime (aka, hydrogels) into the classroom! Scroll to learn more about my teaching experience!
Graduate Teaching Assistantship
I have been a teaching assistant (TA) for multiple graduate-level courses in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering in the Penn Bioengineering Department. In 2020, I was awarded one of the ten annual awards for the Penn Prize for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. This award comes from nominations directly from students in the course. I was honored to be the first graduate student in the Bioengineering department to receive this award at Penn.
Penn Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Certificate
I completed my teaching certificate through the Penn Center for Teaching and Learning in 2021. As a part of this program, I have taken a semester-long course in "Inclusive and Equitable Teaching Practices", and multiple workshops in creating communities with the classroom and hands-on learning modules in STEM.
Developing Hands-on Biomaterials Education Modules for High School Classrooms
Working with an awesome team of undergraduates as a part of a remote REU program, I have developed a series of hands-on educational modules for teaching hydrogels, biomaterials, and tissue engineering concepts. These modules use easily accessibly "kitchen chemistries", cost-efficient mechanical testing devices built from Arduino Uno's, and open-source software for data analysis. I was awarded a STAR Award by the Society for Biomaterials (SFB) Education Division for presenting on these modules at the SFB 2022 Annual Meeting.
More details on accessing these modules coming soon!
Teaching as a Study Abroad Program Assistant
In 2018, I served as a Teaching and Program Assistant for an undergraduate course in materials science at the University of Delaware as a part of a study abroad program in San Sebastian, Spain. In this role, I got to organize teaching and study sessions outside of class as well as aid in facilitating the study abroad trip.
Teaching Materials Science Abroad
Taking a field trip to Venice, Italy with the materials science study abroad trip to discuss engineering materials for a water-filled environment! And of course, enjoy great food :)