Teaching students is one of the most fulfilling aspects of working in academia. My primary goal as an educator is to encourage students to take ownership of their learning along with teaching them fundamental principles and theories. Involving students as co-creators motivates them to try out new ideas and become more engaged. This helps in developing skills such as critical thinking, decision-making, and technical communication, and ultimately prepares them to use classroom knowledge for addressing real-world issues. 

Teaching experience

05/2009 - 12/2010

Rochester Institute of Technology

Supervisor: Prof. S. M. Ramkumar

Courses: Manufacturing automation & controls, Advanced automation

07/2007 - 06/2008

Department of Electronics Engineering

R.C.O.E.M, Nagpur, India


Teaching development

Apart from research, I often participate in workshops/training and take courses to connect with other community members and learn about different evidence-based teaching practices. Some of the events which helped in improving my understanding of different teaching strategies are:

CIRTL is a National Science Foundation Center for Learning and Teaching in higher education. Its main mission is to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty that is committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices.

The goal of this eight-week course is to equip the next generation of STEM faculty to be effective teachers. As the name suggests, this course provides an introduction to effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them. It covers:

This 8-week course builds on the introductory course to equip the next generation of STEM faculty to be effective teachers. It covers:

The main goal of this 6-week seminar-style course was to develop and improve research mentoring skills. Participants developed their personal mentoring philosophy and learned strategies for dealing with mentoring challenges. In addition to the general content about research mentoring, seminar topics were:

(GET SET Workshops)

The main goal of these workshops was to offer opportunities to develop teaching skills, gain theoretical grounding and practical strategies, and connect with fellow teaching graduate students and postdocs. 

In this five-day institute, participants experienced a thorough introduction to the core ideas that ground CIRTL’s approach to STEM education:

By the end of this institute, participants developed a deeper understanding of scientific teaching. They examined relevant literature, worked online in small peer groups facilitated by topical experts, and performed structured work independently.

It is a multi-day teaching institute for doctoral students and post-docs to advance the development of university-level educators by enhancing classroom teaching skills

The Teaching Institute is based on the concept of teaching-as-scholarship, which challenges instructors to bring to teaching the critical thinking, rigor, creativity, and spirit of experimentation that defines research in all disciplines. Teaching-as-scholarship embodies three core themes: active learning, assessment, and diversity