So my expertise is in design processes and also in engineering education. Based on what I learned from studying engineering practitioners, I translate that directly into my classroom to study how students can develop some of these expert-like behaviors in design. So my philosophy in teaching is to provide an inclusive environment for students to ask questions and engage with both the instructor and peers. Learning environments should not be a one-way street where instructors provide information for students, but I want students to be really engaged and take ownership of what they’re learning. And I also highly encourage reflective behaviors, so that after they go through a task or a lesson then they get to really sit back and think about what they’ve learned. So I picked Cal State Fullerton because of their emphasis on mentoring students, as well as the community that was emphasized, and a lot of the background that students come from really resonated with me, so I wanted to be mentoring and supporting students at Cal State Fullerton.
Environmental engineers are integral to protecting people’s health – from the air they breathe to the water they drink. Sudarshan Kurwadkar, professor of civil and environmental engineering, encourages his students to take pride in the fact that their research makes human endeavors possible.
Creating a classroom that promotes student engagement and discussing his research projects that address real-world challenges are strategies that Hakob Avetisyan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, employs to prepare students for the professional world.
Delivering interactive classes rather than lectures and walking students through processes instead of giving them solutions are essential components of Jaya Dofe’s teaching methodology. She joined ECS as an assistant professor of computer engineering in fall 2019.