Newton-Cotes Integration using a 2nd Order Polynomial 
    	    	on a test function.

The courses I have taught compliment my background in computer programming, data analysis, physical system modeling, optimizaton, and control systems design.

The courses I've taught recently focus on numerical methods and systems engineering. These courses discuss root-finding, linear equation systems, non-linear equation systems, linear and non-linear optimization, differentiation, integration, ordinary differential equation, partial differential equations, and optimization.

The animation to the left demonstrates the efficacy of Newton-Cotes integration on a test function using a 2nd order polynomial (Simpson's 1/3 Method). This topic is discussed at the end of Engr 325 and reviewed at the beginning of Engr 326.

Objective Statement

As an engineering instructor my goal is to engage students with engineering concepts. I achieve this goal through presentations, student projects, laboratory assignments, exams, quizzes, and problem sets. The success of my efforts is measured by the student's ability to apply these concepts to engineering problems.

Teaching Philosophy

I recognize that I have an important, but nonexclusive, role in the learning process. My goal for each class is to introduce, or expand on, an engineering topic, demonstrate how the topics relate to engineering design, and provide examples of the topic's application. Laboratories will be used to exercise concepts by solving small engineering problems. I also recognize that there are factors that I have limited control, such as student motivation, time, and time-management skills, that can impact the student's ability to succeed in the course. To succeed, the student must address these factors and be an active learner.

Teaching Strategies

Learning Strategies

Memory: Why cramming for tests often fails