New Faculty

Jennifer Mott Peuker
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Illinois at  Urbana-Champaign, 2012
M.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
B.S. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California 2005

What do you hope students learn 
from your classes? 

One of my goals is to challenge students in and out of the classroom — their assumptions, what they know about the world — and engage them in critical thinking and engineering problem solving. I do this by having students defend their answers in class discussions and using a flipped classroom model to have more engagement during class time.  I want students to understand the importance of applying their engineering coursework to their lives.

I encourage students to make sense of never-before-seen problems in thermal sciences and persevere to solve them. I hope that the passion I have for the topics I teach is evident in the classroom and is also contagious to the students. 

 

Hans Mayer
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, California, 2016
M.S. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2005
B.S. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California 2003

What do you hope students learn 
from your classes? 

Beyond successful completion of the course learning objectives, I hope that in my classes students gain a greater appreciation for the subject matter. I want them to understand how the particular subject fits within the larger world of mechanical engineering, hoping that they get a better sense of the “big picture.” As part of this I want them to walk away knowing a bit more about the history of the subject. I want each student to rise to their full potential through a challenging class, to be resilient and resourceful, and to understand that attention to detail and common sense matters. I want each student to take pride in their work. 

 

Eric Espinoza-Wade
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004
B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000

What do you hope students learn 
from your classes? 

I hope students gain an understanding of how first principles of physics and mathematics can be used to explain phenomena that we observe in daily life. In particular, I believe it is important to have an intuitive understanding of the world, and this requires an understanding of the mechanisms through which objects interact. Relatively simple physics and mathematics mechanisms can be abstracted to describe complex and unpredictable behaviors; students will hopefully be able to utilize the skill sets they gain in class in their personal and professional lives.

 

Siyuan (Simon) Xing
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois, 2019
M.S. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Illinois, 2016
B.S. Sichuan University, Sichuan, China, 2013

What do you hope students learn 
from your classes? 

I hope to introduce my students to a scheme of scientific thinking through theories and build them a sense of engineering through experiments to light their passion for acquiring new knowledge and using it to solve real-world problems, and to develop their independent opinions on the development of technologies.

 

Ricardo Cruz Lozano
Lecturer

Ph.D.  Texas Tech University, Texas, 2017
M.S. Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic  Institute, State of Mexico,  Mexico, 2012
B.S. Tecnológico de Monterrey, State of Mexico, Mexico, 2007

What do you hope students learn 
from your classes? 

I hope students are able to develop their abilities as design thinkers, and that our learning experiences together in the classroom contributes to their growth in reaching their full potential as great problem solvers, which I believe is one of the most important traits of an engineer.

I’m an avid believer that education is the best tool we have to help us reach our dreams and goals no matter how big they are. That it’s a key that can help us open up doors with new opportunities and new experiences, and that it’s the most valuable resource we have in order to continuously evolve throughout our life. One of my greatest joys is the opportunity to contribute to the education of young people through my profession as a teacher.

 

Behnam Ghalamchi
Lecturer

Ph.D. Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland, 2014
M.S. Zanjan University, Iran, 2010

What do you hope students learn 
from your classes? 

This past quarter, I taught mechanical control systems. Controls is a very widespread course in mechanical engineering. In my opinion, control is very different than the other classical mechanical engineering courses and this makes students a bit nervous. I usually start on the first day of the class explaining that the course is not defined in mechanical engineering students’ comfort zone, but it is very fun to learn a new skill that will be very useful at some point in their future career. I was very happy to see students at the end of the fall quarter talk about the control systems with a clear voice. It was a sign for me that they are learning. 

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