|Teaching Narrative Statement
New Courses Developed
SYEN 3379. Elements of Mechanical Design
SYEN 3371. Engineering Dynamics
SYEN 2233. Solid Modeling and Design
SYEN 1210. Introduction to Systems Engineering (the original 1999 version)
ASCI 7312. Real-time Control
ASCI 53xx. Mechatronics
ASCI 53xx. Advanced Dynamics
ASCI 53xx. Acoustics
SYEN 3364. Introduction to Control Engineering was revamped from an analog control course to a digital control course using materials developed in my textbook, Introduction to Controls: Digital Design for Mobile Robotics Applications (in progress).
BS in Systems Engineering
PhD in Applied Science
DCISSE general education core
Graduate Students (graduates: 1 PhD, 8 MS)
Trigun Maroo, PhD, started August 2015
Taimoor Azfal, PhD, May 2015
Jeremy Diaz, MS (Applied Science – Engineering Science), 2012
Naresh Modugu, MS (Systems Engineering), 2011
Traig Born, MS (Applied Science – Engineering Science), 2007
Eileen Anderson, MS (Applied Science – Engineering Science), 2004
Jason Elsasser, MS (Applied Science), 2000
Constance Meadors, MS (Applied Science), 1999
Karthikeyan Amalashekaran, MS (Applied Science), 1999
Baoai Xie, MS (Applied Science), 1998
I began my career in applied science, a graduate only department. My early teaching and course development was graduate work. Circa 1999, I was jointly appointed with the newly formed systems engineering department. Initially, that department had only upper level systems and electrical engineering courses, so the joint appointment was dissolved after a few years. With the formation of the mechanical option in systems engineering and the dissolution of the applied science department, my appointment was changed from applied science to systems engineering in 2012, and I have been teaching undergraduate courses since then.
Doctoral Program Revisions
When I came to applied science, the doctoral program was focused on instrumental science. Although this niche provided a unique, interdisciplinary program, it did not attract a large population of students. I served on the committee that developed the curriculum that allowed the applied science doctorate to support the undergraduate programs in the college of science and engineering technology. While we were implementing the curriculum, a reorganization occurred, splitting the science and engineering efforts across two colleges. I developed the governance structures that allowed faculty from both College of Science and College of Engineering to participate in the doctoral program. As a result of these efforts, PhD production in applied science grew from about 2 graduates per year to about 30 graduates per year.
Systems Engineering Curriculum
I was part of the curriculum committee that developed the initial systems engineering curriculum in 1999. Gary Anderson and Hirak Patangia are the other remaining members of that committee. Even though I was in a graduate only department, I agreed to serve one term on undergraduate council to shepherd that curriculum through the approval process.
General Education Revisions
I developed the general education curriculum for the college of engineering. At the time, the 44 credit core applied to all programs in the university. Moving to a 35 credit core for the engineering college was important to allow students to graduate in four years. This core included upper level courses in management, writing, and communications. I spent the summer of 1999 working with undergraduate council to bring them around to the point of view that a college core could work. In Fall 1999, the college of engineering core was approved by the university. In 2012, I became Secretary of the Faculty Senate, in the middle of the university revision to the general education curriculum. This played out over the next several years of implementation.