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Teaching and learning occur at the interface of creative thinking and analytical reasoning. My goal for students who take my courses is to utilize their intuition for solving problems, and to be able to identify where interdisciplinary collaboration is needed. I augment my lecture material with experiential hands-on training for building student confidence in intuitive problem solving skills. I place a strong emphasis on oral and written communication skills in all my classes, and I devote a significant amount of time to helping engineering students improve these skills. I am a proponent of active learning and I use a variety of methods to encourage adequate time for student reflection.
Our lab develops modules for active learning for pre-collegiate students (see Biosensors Summer Camp) as well as collegiate students (see Teaching page). These experiential learning exercises help students develop their creative problem solving skills by providing informal learning opportunities which can be continued outside of the classroom. In addition to focusing on fundamental engineering content, our lab focuses on the creative process of problem solving (see Student Artisan in Residence Program and UF ArtScience Collective).
ABE 4932/5038: Fundamentals and Applications of Biosensors
The interdisciplinary course provides students from a broad range of backgrounds an introduction to the field of biosensors. Fundamental biosensor theory is covered, including: recognition, transduction, signal acquisition, and post processing/data analysis. An in depth and quantitative view of fundamental design and performance analysis is also provided. Application of biosensor theory is demonstrated in a wide range of in vitro and in vivo diagnostic and monitoring applications. Students will leave the course with a foundational understanding of current state of the art in biosensors as well as a basic skill set for continuation into advanced biosensor design, including the bio-nano interface, surface functionalization, and advanced biotransduction techniques.
ABE 4491/6933: Writing Grant Proposals for Scholarships and Fellowships
This course teaches students the basic methodology of writing grant proposals, and exposes students to opportunities for obtaining scholarships, fellowships, internships, and teaching/research assistantships. The course introduces students to funding sources and opportunities, providing guidelines for proposal writing, and students are required to prepare a mock proposal and participate in peer review panels.
ABE 4043C: Senior Design II
The senior capstone design project in ABE teaches students how to apply the engineering design process by comprehensive hands-on experience, prepares students how to effectively communicate design needs and accomplishments with clients, suppliers, peers, contractors and managers by means of verbal and written communication, and prepares students for dealing with non-technical (social, economic, legal, aesthetic) aspects related to engineering design.