Engineering Teaching Consultants

Winter 2018 Engineering Teaching Consultants


Francisco Aldarondo

Saludos! I’m Francisco Aldarondo, currently a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial and Operations Engineering. My research involves modeling automation that can support online order picking, the sort you would find at an Amazon warehouse. I have been a GSI for 3 years teaching both graduate and undergraduate students, in the role of lab instructor, guest lecturer, and instructor. Most frequently I have taught IOE 474: Simulation, but I have been appointed GSI for IOE 466, 316, 366, and 541. I have seen many facets of teaching and I’m honored as an ETC to be able to share some of my experiences. Always open to chat and hear about how you are doing, you can reach me at

I’m Jon Beaumont, a PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering. My research involves the design of high-throughput processor microarchitectures, and how they can be made more accessible to programmers. I have worked as a lab instructor and guest lecturer for EECS 270: Introduction to Logic Design and as a GSI for EECS 470: Computer Architecture, for which I was awarded the Towner Prize for Outstanding Engineering GSI. I’m passionate about teaching and experimenting with different learning techniques, and I am excited to work as an ETC this semester. I am committed to helping you find success as an instructor in any way I can, so please don’t hesitate to email me ( any time!
Colleen is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering. As an undergraduate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she began her research in cardiovascular health and thermoregulation. Her background in material science and biomedical engineering provide a unique approach to her research by combining engineering concepts and physiology. Colleen hopes to continue her research as a professor and inspire the next generation of scientists and researchers. Anticipated graduation: Spring 2019. Feel free to contact Colleen at!




Alex Douglass

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering. My research focuses on acoustic array signal processing techniques for source localization, source level estimation, and signal recovery. In particular, I consider techniques for application in shallow ocean environments. I previously worked as a GSI for ME 240: Introduction to Dynamics and Vibrations. Here, I worked with students through regular office hours and also gained experience developing homework assignments. Beyond my GSI experience, I’ve spent many hours tutoring students privately in a variety of subjects. I’m excited to work with GSIs to help improve student experiences and provide learning opportunities for both the students and GSIs. Please contact me at with any questions or concerns!

TJ Flynn

My name is Tyler Flynn, but most call me T.J. I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Mechanical Engineering department and my research focuses primarily on the use of acoustic signal processing techniques for remote, non-destructive evaluation of radiating structures. I have been fortunate to serve as a GSI for ME 495, the senior-level ME laboratory course, where I was able to instruct students and help them to apply their classroom knowledge to hands-on experiments. I am very interested in engineering education, particularly concerning instructor-student communication, group dynamics, and kinesthetic (hands-on) teaching styles. As an ETC I am excited to pass on my knowledge and experiences to incoming GSIs, as well as learn from those around me. Better instructors make better students who in turn make a better world! So if this sounds interesting or relevant to you, I’d love to talk at

I’m Kevin Hughes, a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering. My research largely focuses on the use of polymeric nanoparticles to modulate immune response for application in autoimmunity and allergy. At Michigan, I’ve served as a GSI for Biomaterials (BIOMEDE 410) and have experience in developing course materials and in leading lecture, discussion, and laboratory sections. I am very interested in research-based instructional strategies and methods to apply them in any style of teaching. I am passionate about working with instructors, GSIs, and students to help make everyone’s experience the best it can be so please contact me any time at  
Hey everyone, I’m Ryan, a Ph.D. candidate in the aerospace engineering department. My research focuses on the interactions between the fluid and structural dynamics with vehicles that have ranged from low-speed UAVs to rockets. In all of these cases we focus on what makes the problem difficult: interactions of multiple physics, nonlinear phenomena and modeling the problem effectively to improve our understanding. In the past, I have had the opportunity to GSI and tutor students in the undergraduate aerospace structures course. Everyone has a different approach to teaching and learning, but I really enjoyed introducing real-world examples that connected to concepts in class to motivate the students. Along with the other ETCs I hope that we can help GSIs develop their own effective approaches to teaching. Email me at if you have any questions.  
Jeff Lowe
Hello, I am a Ph.D. candidate in the chemical engineering department. My research is on the analysis of promising battery chemistries as an improvement to current Li-ion technologies. I use computational techniques to study batteries at an atomistic level. I have worked as a GSI in two chemical engineering courses: Thermodynamics (ChE 330) and Chemical Reaction Engineering (ChE 344). I gained experience in holding discussions, developing homework and exam problems, running office hours, and grading. I welcome the opportunity to work with you this semester, and to share my passion for teaching. If you would like to discuss teaching, share concerns, etc. please feel free to contact me at I look forward to hearing from you!
Sahithya ReddivariRaghav Reddy 
Hello! I’m a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Engineering. My research looks at drinking water supply systems in rural arsenic affected parts of Bangladesh. I have previously been a GSI for an undergraduate level course (CEE 366: Environmental Engineering Laboratory) and a combined undergraduate/graduate level course (CEE 482/582: Environmental Microbiology). This has given me teaching experiences including developing course material, preparing for and teaching lab sessions, holding office hours. It has also taught me about balancing school and GSI resposibilities, working through teething issues for a new course in development, and being friends with students outside of class; things that you will likely encounter as a GSI too. I enjoyed being a GSI and looking forward to my role in the ETC program. Feel free to reach me at
Sahithya ReddivariMaggie Reuter
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Engineering. In my research, I use computational chemistry to examine the chemical interactions that occur between chlorine disinfectants, metallic infrastructure, and organic material in our drinking water treatment systems. I have been a GSI for two undergraduate and one graduate level course: CEE 265, Sustainable Engineering Principles; CEE 365, Environmental Engineering Principles; and CEE 567 Energy Infrastructure Systems. All three courses have given me a variety of teaching experiences including leading a discussion section, grading, running office hours, guest lecturing, and developing course materials. I look forward to improving the classroom experience for other GSIs and their students. Feel free to email me at with any questions or concerns about teaching.
Tianlin Wang
Hi, I’m Tianlin, a PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering. My research focuses on applied electromagnetics and microwave remote sensing, specifically the CYGNSS mission for ocean surface wind measurements in tropical cyclones. In the past I have been a GSI for EECS 216 – Introduction to Signals and Systems at UM and teaching assistant for courses of circuits, electromagnetics, and microwave engineering at other universities. I believe teaching is the best way to learn. I sincerely hope to contribute my knowledge and experience to the success of all GSIs and IAs. Please feel free to contact me at to discuss your questions, concerns, and challenges in teaching.
 Phillip Yang

I’m Phillip Yang, a Master’s student in Biomedical Engineering. My research largely focuses on the bone disease osteoporosis and its treatments, and I utilize techniques such as atomic force microscopy and infrared spectroscopy. I have been a GSI for BME 458: Biomedical Instrumentation and Design, an upper-level laboratory class for undergraduate and graduate BME students. I love teaching and am super excited to be an ETC this semester. I look forward to providing support to instructors in any way I can, so feel free to email me at