Structueally, I take time to organize a basic outline with a 1-3 min intro of the concepts we'll cover and leave about 5-7min at the end to summarize everything we covered.
Conceptually, I think pictures are key to understanding and conecting concepts. I try to draw and explain the details behind important processes as much as I can. In addition from my theoretical background, I try to show easy mathematical tricks and acronyms to summarize important concepts. Additionally, I like to work through examples which can be applied to real life scenarios in the STEM field.
For the last 2 years, I've taught both lab courses and theoretical courses for the material science department at UIUC. I recently graduatuated with a double degree Material science and Engineering Physics. The great thing about my coursework is that I've taken classes in the ECE, Physics, Matse and Chemistry department. The broad range of undergrad coursework has given me a unique perspective to connect concepts and to explain them to each persons own style of reasoning.
In addition to teaching, I have over 4years of experience in materials research in STEM with the foremost labs across the state of IL, which I will try to incoporate in our classes as fun examples.
I charge by the hour, and don't mind teaching multiple people at the same cost for the same time.
Also, I'm flexible as I'm just a college student trying to make his way.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign August 2015 - Present
Bachelor of Science, Materials Science and Engineering; Expected Date of Graduation: Aug 2020
Bachelor of Science, Engineering Physics GPA: 3.60/4.00
MSE 405: Microstructure Determination PHY 427: Statistical Mechanics PHY 460: Condensed Matter Physics
ECE 488: Semiconductors and Devices MSE 406: Thermal-Mech. Behavior ECE 481: Nanotechnology
MSE 402: Kinetics Processes in Materials PHY 498: Superconductivity for Quantum Devices MSE 466: Atomic Scale Simulations
Honors and Awards:
● Dean’s List Aug 2015 – May 2016
Top 20% in the Engineering Dept. UIUC
● Edmund J. James Scholar Aug 2016 – May 2018
Honors Program UIUC
● Earl J. Eckel Scholarship April 28th 2017
Outstanding Scholastic Achievement UIUC
Argonne National Lab Illinois, USA
Research Aide May 2019 – Aug 2019
● Designed and set up a thermal stage for MOKE microscopy, to study magnetic phases in thin film alloys
● Developed Micro-magnetic simulations using mumax3 to study skyrmion field interactions
● Created code to study the magnetic phase space of spin waves required to create skyrmions
● Grew thin film magnetic samples using magnetron sputtering
Touchlight Innovations Illinois, USA
Engineering Intern Jan 2017 – May 2017
● Designed sensor circuits to measure triboelectric and piezoelectric energy generation
● Developed an online system to gather information from sensors
● Collaborated with investors and engineers to develop engineering solutions towards product integration
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Abu Dhabi, U.A.E
Engineering/Commercial Banking Intern June 2015 –July 2015
● Reviewed and catalogued new materials from construction companies
● Assisted and shadowed investment modelling
● Attended ADCB’s workshop on Conflict Management
Lyding Group Illinois, USA Undergraduate Researcher May 2018 – Present
● Developed a novel dry-etch wet transfer technique for graphene surface reconstruction of Si
● Optimized quality of PS nanosphere assemblies by using Environmental SEM to study point defect concentrations created due different processing conditions
● Calculated the entropy of crystal formation due to equilibrium processes and used it to calculate environmental conditions required to minimize defect formation
● Built a LAMMPS simulation to study effects of colloid size and concentrations on quality of crystal formed
Small Things Considered (Huang Group) Illinois, USA
Undergraduate Researcher Aug 2016 – May 2018
● Developed Exfoliated Graphene samples and studied them under AFM and Raman
● Designed code to calculate the density of ligands bonded to the Gold Nano-rods
● Formulated code to create TEM tomography through simulations of single molecules of DNA
● Collaborated with Prof. Huang to build a stage for a high temperature vacuum furnace
MSE 307: Materials Laboratory 1 Illinois, USA
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Aug – Dec 2018, 2019
i. Thermoelectric Energy Conversion
Theories explained: Seebeck Effect, Peltier Effect, p-n junction charge carriers
Lab Responsibilities: Explaining circuit design, along with testing, calibration and repairs of Peltier set up
ii. Absorption and Humidity
Theories Explained: Spin Coating Theory, Henry’s Law, Langmuir Theory, Flory Huggins Absorption and adsorption and QCM resonance
Lab Responsibilities: Spin Coating thin films, substrate preparation, Soft baking polymer films in Vacuum furnace, QCM set-up and calibration, N2 dry and wet gas flow meter control
iii. Thermal Stress and Strain
Theories Explained: Thermal dependence and connection to atomic potentials, Elastic modulus connection to acoustic resonance in solid geometries, Stress and strain microscopic origin
Lab Responsibilities: Explaining ASTM Standard E1876-09 measurement of Youngs modulus, Dilatometer furnace application to measure the thermal coefficient of expansion
Theories Explained: Blackbody Radiation- Plancks Law, Stefan Boltzman's Law, Wein's Displacement Law, Density of States, Bose-Einstein Statistics, Kirchoff's Laws of Emissivity and Absorptivity
Lab Responsibilities: Testing (LiTaO3) Pyroelectric detector Set Up, explaining data analysis methodology towards the calibration and study of different materials emissivities and thermal dependences
MSE 402: Kinetic Processes in Materials Illinois, USA
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Jan - May 2019, 2020
● Developed homework and quiz solutions on different kinetic processes such as diffusion, Chemical Reaction Kinetics, Phase transformations and Micro-structural Evolution
● Held office hours to encourage development of fundamental approaches towards tackling kinetic problems from a synthesis perspective
● Developed additional problems from research and lab experience to help prepare students for quizzes and midterms
ECE 481: Nanotechnology Jan 2018 – May 2018
● Optimized assembly of single crystal PS and Silica microspheres for plasmonic metal deposition
● Characterized Kinetic factors to develop an analytical solution to minimize the entropy of the system
● Developed a piezoelectric PVDF substrate for controlled plasmonic resonance
● Optimized synthesis using code and UV-vis to study relationship of homogeneity to ligand concentrations
MSE 395: Senior Design Jan 2019 – May 2019
● Synthesized tetrahedral gold nanoparticles and seed crystals using ligand exchange mechanism
● Developed code to detect gold tetrahedral nanoparticles in TEM images
● Tested code against ImageJ analysis using a 95% confidence t-test to find error in detection bellow a single particle
Creating Vision EOH Project Illinois, USA
Programmer/Engineer October 2015 – March 2016
● Designed and calibrated an EMG to read hand gestures.
● Programmed a virtual reality game using EMG and Live Camera feed inputs
● Integrated a live video feed of the user’s surroundings into the virtual reality
Programming Languages: C++, Python, MatLab, HTML
Applications: LAMMPS, Nano Hub, OOF2, Mumax3
Characterization Tools: AFM, SEM, XRD, Raman, UV-vis, NMR
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