Teaching Philosophy

My approach to teaching can be summed up by the following (attributed to Albert Einstein),
"A good teacher is he who will become a bridge for his student to cross over and will then collapse to help his student build his own bridges"
I have experienced different universities and teaching approaches and have been honoured and privileged to have been taught and to get to know many great teachers such as Guido Sandri, Raymond Nagem, Julie Chen, Slobodan Sipsic and Stepan Lomov. In my classes I seek to adopt elements of their teaching style and establish effective communication with my students.

I see the role of the teacher as that of a guide who should simplify concepts and embed them into a general technological and societal framework. The teacher should provide the means and the students the will to learn. I believe in getting to know the students as individuals, establishing a friendly atmosphere in class and encouraging students to provide feedback.

Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to Mechanics and Thermodynamics - MMK 121
The course website will be available in August.

Strength of Materials Laboratory - MMK 231

Materials Science and Technology Laboratory - MMK 252

Heat Transfer - MMK 312 (Go to the course website)
The course aims to present the fundamentals of heat exchange processes and their applications to the design of heat exchangers. Subjects covered include the principles of steady and unsteady conduction, the principles of numerical analysis, natural and forced convection, heat transfer due to radiation, boiling and condensation as well as an introduction to heat exchanger design.

Postgraduate Courses

Product Development and Design - MMK 543 (Go to the course website).
We are bombarded on a daily basis with advertisements for new products. What proceeds their market introduction? The economic success of a company has to do with its ability identify the needs of its customers and create, within the right timeframe, products which will satisfy these needs. The success of this procedure rests on the collaboration of design, production and marketing teams among others. A plethora of parameters, tools and methods are used in the development of a product. In this class we will have an introduction, from the point of view of an engineer, to the whole product development cycle.

Composites Science and Technology - MMK 559
The term composite materials refers to a broad range of materials which include naturally occurring materials such as wood and human bone as well as manmade materials from cement to carbon fibre reinforced polymers. Components made out of composite materials offer critical combinations of strength, weight reduction, stiffness and toughness. Composite materials of different compositions continue to replace traditional metallic materials as manufacturing techniques become more cost effective and analysis and design methods more accurate. The course focuses on composites reinforced with fibrous and textile assemblies. Its aim is to offer in depth knowledge of the main areas relating to these materials focusing, primarily on constituent material families, analysis, design, and manufacturing processes.

Independent Study - MMK 506/606
Subjects have included composite materials, numerical methods and the electrospinning of nanofibres.