Teaching Philosophy

Teaching is my passion. I chose to pursue a career in academia because I enjoy making a life-long impact on the lives of students. I love the quote by William Arthur Ward that states: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” My favorite moment in teaching is when former students came to my office and acknowledged my support and inspiration after the completion of the course. Those moments always remind me that the top priority of being a teacher and an educator is helping students succeed.

My teaching philosophy develops collectively as my career moves on and my professional identity grows. Throughout my graduate studies and postdoctoral experience, I have built a strong teaching record with a variety of roles, including teaching assistant, guest lecturer, and mentor. In this process, I have benefited from observing the professors that I’ve had who embraced the teacher-scholar model, which involves students in project-based research while learning in their courses. They promote state-of-the-art developments in the field, incorporated advanced knowledge into their teaching activities, and eventually help students gain better insights by participating in research. Thus, I am also interested in pursuing my career with a holistic teaching-scholarship approach.

Now, as a faculty member at OSU, my goal of teaching future engineers is to improve both their technical and professional skills through coursework and co-curriculum projects. I will promote interdisciplinary knowledge and encourage teamwork. My teaching method emphasizes: (1) the presence of “the big picture”; (2) the quality of teacher-student interaction; and (3) the efficiency of examinations. I will keep demonstrating such beliefs and goals in my teaching and mentoring journey as an instructor at OSU.


Teaching Experience

Instructor (2017-Present)

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A

CIVILEN 5162: Introduction of Laminated Composite Materials (Spring 2019)

CIVILEN 3310: Structural Engineering Principles (Autumn 2018)

CIVILEN 5162: Introduction of Laminated Composite Materials (Autumn 2017)

Students in 5162 discussed their posters during the final presentation


Teaching Assistantship (2009-2017)

2015-2017    Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S.A
ENGS 2: Integrated Design: Engineering, Architecture, and Building Technology
Guest lectured on introducing the topic of structural art
ENGS 15: Undergraduate Investigations in Engineering
Supervised non-engineering major student to conduct independent research project
ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering
Assisted building a sample library on helping students understand engineering materials
ENGS 142: Intermediate Solid Mechanics
Covered two lectures on numerical modeling methods using ABAQUS

2011-2015     Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
CE221 Statics
Participated in curriculum design (lecture, exam, quiz and HW design)
Advised undergrad students through grading, recitation, help desk and office hours
Served as a lead TA to manage grade system and coordinate a team of five TAs
Covered lecture occasionally for the instructor (average class size: 350)
Participated online course package development and outreach project



The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A