Engineering Teaching Consultants

Winter 2019 Engineering Teaching Consultants


My name is Amos (like the cookie), and I’m a Ph.D. candidate in the Biomedical Engineering department. My research focuses on using MRI to detect functional information in vivo, such as blood flow or brain activity. I’ve previously been the GSI of BIOMEDE 231, 241, and 510, in which I’ve enjoyed working with aspiring undergraduate BMEs and graduate students alike. I love teaching as it’s just as much a technical skill as it is an art, and am enthusiastic to work with other GSIs and IAs to figure out what teaching styles and strategies work best for them as individuals. Particularly, I’m interested in how teacher-student interactions can be leveraged to help students develop into better (and eventually lifelong) learners. I’d love to chat about how I can work with you to improve your unique teaching strengths: just send me an email at!



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!

T.J. 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  
Maggie 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.
Akshay Sarin
I am Akshay Sarin, PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. My primary research area is modeling and control of power electronic circuits. I have been an instructor for EECS-418 (Power Electronics), EECS-419 (Electrical Machines and Drives) and EECS-560 (Linear System Theory), so I have experience in teaching lab as well as discussion sessions. I am happy to share my experience and knowledge gathered with other GSIs and IAs. Feel free to contact me at
Hafiz Sheriff
My parents named me Hafiz K. M. Sheriff, Jr. but everyone calls me Hafiz and that’s fine with me. I am currently a PhD student in the Applied Physics program at the University of Michigan with research focus in the area of Optoelectronic Components and Materials. Specifically, I work in the field of Organic Photovoltaics [stuffs that turn sunlight into electrical energy]. Teaching has always been my passion and during my time at the University of Michigan, I have spent some time nurturing this passion. I have taken the full ChE 580 course (also called ENGR 580) that covers all of the main aspects of dispensing tertiary STEM education and have served as a mentor for the Postgraduate Short Course on teaching during the Winter of this year. Previously, I taught a couple of undergraduate courses in physics, mathematics and chemistry at the University of Liberia. I am excited to serve as an ETC since I will have the chance to share a valuable mixture of the experiences I have gained here and the learning and teaching experiences I have had in Liberia – my country of origin. My past experiences provide me with some unique perspectives on STEM education that can become useful references to share as we all learn from each other in the effort to make STEM education better.
Emma Treadway
Hello, my name is Emma Treadway, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering. My research is in the areas of haptics and robotic rehabilitation, with a focus on control and human perception. I was a GSI for Design of Digital Control Systems (ME/EECS 561), where I held office hours, developed assignments for a hands-on project, gave guest lectures, and assisted in grading. I am passionate about outreach, and have spent several years developing and leading hands-on engineering lessons for K-12 students. I am interested in effective and inclusive teaching practices that promote curiosity and retention, and I look forward to helping GSIs develop these skills and find their strengths as instructors. Please reach out to me at if you want to chat.
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.
Steve Zekany

I’m Steve Zekany, a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science and Engineering. My research is at the intersection of computer architecture and machine learning: how to design and optimize datacenters for emerging applications. I was a GSI for EECS 470 (Computer Architecture) for five semesters, where I led discussion sections, wrangled autograders, held office hours, and mentored student groups creating a working out-of-order processor. I also helped create and teach Psych 223 (Entrepreneurial Creativity) a few years ago, and most recently I taught an introductory programming class to local high school students. As an ETC, I’m happy to chat anytime about how we can improve your class! Send me an email anytime:

Yining Zhang
Hi, I’m Yining Zhang and I’m a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering. My research focuses on the use of biomaterials to both study and overcome tumor-induced immunosuppression so that we can more effectively treat cancer. I was a GSI for Thermodynamics (CHE 330), and really enjoyed the opportunity to help create a welcoming and productive learning environment for students in the course. As a GSI, I gained valuable experience in holding office hours and class discussions, developing homework and exam problems, grading, and serving as a liaison between students and the instructors. As an ETC, I hope to help other GSIs get the most out of their teaching experience and address any issues they may encounter in the classroom. Please feel free to contact me at with any questions or concerns, I look forward to hearing from you!