Courses

Instructor, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University

  • INFO 608 Human-Computer Interaction, Winter-Spring 2022

GTA, Department of Computer Science, UCF

  • COP3330: Object-Oriented Programming, Fall 2018

  • COP3402: Systems Software, Summer 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017

  • COT3100: Introduction to Discrete Structure, Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016

Teaching Philosophy

Empowering and Providing Constructive Feedback. I believe that encouraging students and empowering them to understand their strengths is important. At the same time, it is important to provide them feedback to improve their work. I have mentored more than 24 undergraduate research assistants for the NSF-funded project for which I was the lead Ph.D. student supporting the project efforts and being clear with expectations has been my biggest lesson learned. I teach my students that communication is an important factor and provide them with ways to reach out to me. For instance, I set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound) goals with each of my mentees each week to make sure they know what their goals are and that they are attainable. As a result, my mentees value our relationship because even though I give them hard feedback, they know that I am there to support them:

We built a very trusting relationship where communication was key and very straightforward. We worked together on most tasks and she helped me whenever I needed assistance. She is very reliable and accessible and I am very grateful to have worked with her.

Active and Engaged Learning Experience. The purpose of education is not only knowledge learning and content mastery, but also developing students’ individual fulfillment, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. I believe learning occurs by interacting with new materials with more engagement. Having passive classes that professors only write on a board explaining the subject in a purely scientific way does not work for all students. Since my future students will most likely be Gen-Z students, who are more connected and social compared to previous generations, then it will be important to adapt methods that work for them. Similar to how I mentor my undergrads in research, I would engage students in my class by asking them questions and facilitating group discussions. I desire for students to be more open-minded, to be willing to collaborate with one another on projects, and to demonstrate an appreciation for the subject they are learning. To make sure that students are receiving the concepts, acquiring their attention is important. My goal is to make my students not only interested in the subjects, but also make them more interested in lifetime learning. I would like to make the learning experiences for students internalized so they can guide the learner’s attitudes, opinions, and behavior in the future.

Mentoring Students

STIR Lab, UCF Aug. 2018- Spring 2022

STIR Lab Ph.D. Students:

  • Ashwaq Soubai, Computer Science

  • Nurun Naher, Computer Science

  • Xavier Caddle, Computer Science

M.S. Student:

  • Sunil Patro, Computer Science

  • Pallavi Dacre, Computer Science

Senior Design Team, Spring- Summer 2021. Project: Online Risk Detection API: https://sd.mosafely.org

  • Abdulrahman Al Sumaih, Computer Science

  • Micah Renfrow, Computer Science

  • Natalie Larkin, Computer Science

  • Omar Kalam, Computer Science

  • James Zhou, Computer Science

Undergraduate Students:

  • Carolina Santos, Computer Science

  • Dynie Mesoneuvre, Computer Science

  • Colin Jackson, Computer Science

  • Marcos Chacon, Computer Science

  • Prema Dev, Computer Science

  • Jessica Medina, Computer Science

  • Melanie Ehrlich, Computer Science

  • Kamilla Idelguzhina, Computer Science

  • Tyler Ryan, Computer Science

  • Joseph Wallace, Computer Science

  • Jaqueline Rivera, Criminal Justice

  • Avery Reyna, Computer Science

  • Komila Khamidova, Computer Science

  • Carlson Sharpless, Computer Science

  • Pia Nelson, Computer Science

  • Enelson Castro, Computer Science

  • Amy Godfrey, Computer Science

  • Madison Maynard, Psychology

EXCEL Undergraduate Research Experience program:

  • Mari Lopez, Computer Science

  • Hannah Main, Computer Science

  • Kevin Abreu-Aguila, Computer Science