Teaching and Service

Education and outreach:

Science Honors Program, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Columbia University (2009-2012): Developed and delivered lectures for a senior level high school course in nanotechnology, aimed at the interface between modern electronics and chemical and biological applications. Course description: Scientific discovery of new phenomena on the dimensional scale of nanometers is generating a revolution in technological development called "Nanotechnology." Members of Columbia University's Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center will present a basic description of these new scientific discoveries and will then explore some of the many resulting technological innovations. Topics to be covered will include: fundamental physics of electron confinement on the nanoscale, graphene, carbon nanotubes, nanoscale electronics, quantum dots, scanning probes, and self-assembly. Examples will be given to illustrate the capabilities of nanotechnology to transform our society.

BioIGERT-Gompers Engineering Program, Columbia University (2009-2010): Developed and directed laboratory experiments in analog and digital electronics for high school students at Samuel Gompers High School. Program description: The goal of the Columbia BioIGERT-Gompers Engineering program is to provide high school students with challenging projects that supplement their standard coursework in the classroom and encourage further exploration in the field of engineering. With the support of faculty and staff at Samuel Gompers High School (Bronx, NY), Columbia graduate students have worked closely with the senior level pre-engineering class. This educational program takes place during the Friday afternoon class period and spans twelve weeks in each term. Each semester is subdivided into 3 project based engineering design modules.

Undergraduate and graduate lectures:

Electrical Engineering, E4321, Digital VLSI Circuits, Columbia University (2008-2013): Aperiodic lecturer for digital VLSI course at the senior undergraduate and Master's student level. Course topics: Design and analysis of high speed logic and memory. Digital CMOS and BiCMOS device modeling. Integrated circuit fabrication and layout. Interconnect and parasitic elements. Static and dynamic techniques. Worst-case design. Heat removal and I/O. Yield and circuit reliability. Logic gates, pass logic, latches, PLAs, ROMs, RAMs, receivers, drivers, repeaters, sense amplifiers.

Teaching Assistant positions:

Electrical Engineering, E1201xy, Introduction to Electrical Engineering, Columbia University (2005-2006): Led weekly laboratory sections in analog and digital electronics. Course description: Basic concepts of electrical engineering. Exploration of selected topics and their application. Electrical variables, circuit laws, nonlinear and linear elements, ideal and real sources, transducers, operational amplifiers in simple circuits, external behavior of diodes and transistors, first order RC and RL circuits. Digital representation of a signal, digital logic gates, flipflops. A lab is an integral part of the course. Required of electrical engineering and computer engineering majors.

Applied Physics / Electrical Engineering, APh/EE 9ab, Solid-State Electronics for Integrated CircuitsCaltech (2002-2005): Led weekly laboratory sections in micro-fabrication and solid state electronics. Course description: Introduction to solid-state electronics, including physical modeling and device fabrication. Topics: semiconductor crystal growth and device fabrication technology, carrier modeling, doping, generation and recombination, pn junction diodes, MOS capacitor and MOS transistor operation, and deviations from ideal behavior. Laboratory includes computer-aided layout, and fabrication and testing of light-emitting diodes, transistors, and inverters. Students learn photolithography, and use of vacuum systems, furnaces, and device-testing equipment.

Anthropology, An 102, Culture, Cognition, and Language, Caltech (2004): Course description: This course explores the evidence both in favor of and against the well-known Sapir-Whorf hypothesis of linguistic relativity and determinism, which appears to be making a comeback. Topics covered include color cognition and language, spatial cognition and language, child language across cultures, cognition and language among the deaf, and language dysfunction across cultures, including the aphasias and semantic category deficits.