Bucknell University Personal Statement

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I am applying for the Assistant Professor Position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Bucknell University (Job no: 493839). Currently, I am an Assistant Clinical Professor and Research Educator in the Designing Innovations (DI) Research Stream in the First-Year Innovation and Research Experience (FIRE) at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD).
I have had various teaching and mentoring experiences with undergraduate students since 2013. I am currently leading the DI Research Stream which provides a unique opportunity to mentor and teach engineering design and design research to freshmen and sophomores. Specifically, I am interested in investigating how teams of human designers tackle complex design problems. To …show more content…

While my responsibilities included teaching, I spent most of time mentoring 122 students through the test plan development and experiments required by the lab’s seven modules involving topics ranging from material property characterization, flow loop, and performance testing of vacuum cleaners. In addition, I trained new graduate lab assistants; developed two new lab modules addressing industrial safety for operating lathes, drill presses, and milling machines; and developed a presentation on the technical writing skills required for the content and format of the lab reports. Due to my 6 years research and educational background in engineering design, I am interested to teach various courses across the mechanical engineering curriculum including MECH 220 Mechanics, MECH 202 Graphics for Design and Manufacture, MECH 222 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Lab, MECH 353 Solid Mechanics, MECH 355 Manufacturing Processes, and MECH 302 Finite Elements in Analysis and Design immediately after starting. Moreover, I am interested to teach thermo-fluid courses because my Master of Science concentration was on experimental heat transfer and thermo-fluid sciences.
In both my teaching and mentoring, I practiced and used a student-centered learning approach. I make sure to ask students a series of guiding questions lead

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