I am an assistant professor and I split my time between research and teaching.
What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?:
I love working with students and seeing how their minds work. Sometimes I feel like I can see exactly how their thought process is progressing and then there will be moments when they come up with a brilliant idea out of left field and I am blown away by their imagination and insight.
What are the most challenging and the most rewarding parts of your job?:
In both the teaching and research areas of my job I find that the most challenging aspect is to help students understand an idea that is just not making sense to them, but this leads to the most rewarding aspect of my job which is seeing a student’s face light up when they have finally comprehended a difficult topic.
What is your life like outside of work?:
I enjoy the outdoors, reading, and trivia (I’m always ready to share strange facts!). And after being on the east coast for so many years I am excited to spend time with family and friends.
Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?:
One thing that I would tell any student that is interested in science or engineering is to get involved in a lab as soon as possible. Participating in a research lab is a great way to learn about science, but it also provides a great support system of people that you might not otherwise interact with. Getting to know upperclassmen, graduate students, post doctorates and professors in a lab setting will provide mentors and friendships that would be difficult to find anywhere else.