Towner Prize Winner

Michael Hua

NERS 211: Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

Upon request by the NERS department given his stellar background in teaching, Michael Hua was asked, one month in advance, to be the instructor of record for NERS 211, in addition to his existing workload of research as a graduate student. Michael entirely rewrote the course and instruction style, opting for handwritten notes, guest lecturers, and case studies, as opposed to the slideshows given to him. His innovative teaching style also incorporated inclusivity, diversity, and collaboration: His office hours did not end until every student was helped; all exams were open computer, to encourage the understanding of fundamental concepts, rather than memorization; and he requested feedback on midterms by adding a question about his incorporation of DEI initiatives. Michael’s confidence in students is reflected in his enthusiastic, collaborative, and innovative instruction.