Engineering Teaching Consultants

Fall 2017 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

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 if you have any questions.  
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, and holding office hours. It has also taught me about balancing school and GSI responsibilities, 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 look forward to my role in the ETC program. Feel free to 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!
Liam Casey
Hello! I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Chemical Engineering Department. My research is focused on using biodegradable nanoparticles to treat autoimmune diseases by achieving what we call immune tolerance. In particular, my goal is to modify our lab’s nanoparticle platform to overcome certain immunological hurdles. I had a fantastic experience as a GSI for chemical and engineering thermodynamics (CHE330). Thermodynamics can be challenging, but relating fundamental concepts to real-world applications proved to be a useful tool for explaining ideas. I used this method to develop useful homework sets, discussions, and evaluation questions. My goal is to enhance the quality of the Michigan engineering education by helping GSIs achieve their full potential as college-level instructors. Feel free to contact me about teaching matters at
Mark Dong
My name is Mark and I am a doctoral candidate in optics and photonics in the EE department. My research is predominantly theoretical work in non-linear optics and some areas I have worked on include THz photonic crystals, stimulated Brillouin scattering, and semiconductor lasers. Although these course topics are not related, I have also taught classes in electronic circuits (EECS 314, EECS 215) and RF design (EECS 430) as both a discussion and lab instructor. My hope for all GSIs is for everyone to have the opportunity to learn, grow, and just have fun in the area of teaching university students and I will be available this year to help in whatever capacity I can. If you have want to discuss anything related to classroom or laboratory teaching or even relevant research topics, please email me at
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 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.
Kathleen Ropella
Hi, my name is Kathleen and I am a Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering. My research focus is developing reconstruction methods for mapping dielectric properties in vivo using magnetic resonance imaging. I was a TA for an introductory biomedical engineering course at my undergraduate institution and I have been a GSI for BIOMEDE 241: BME Undergraduate Lab and BIOMEDE 510: Medical Imaging Lab. I really enjoy teaching laboratory classes because of the high level of interaction with students. I look forward to meeting with other GSIs and IAs and helping them to have a positive experience as well. You can reach me at
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.