SAMEER KALGHATGI

           

Teaching

When I first came to Drexel University in 2004, one of my first jobs on campus was as a Physics TA under Dr. Venkat in the Physics department. Teaching this course made me realize how satisfying the experience was. I never really thought that I had it in me to be a good teaching assistant. The brief stint as a physics TA kindled in me a desire to teach and help students in their courses. After this for one year I was busy in establishing my research career at Drexel University under Dr. Friedman, but I always yearned to be a TA. Eventually, as I settled in as a research fellow and completed my PhD Candidacy Exam, a teaching opportunity came along in January 2006. I was offered a TA position in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department for teaching a basic level course Fundamentals of Intelligent Systems (ECE 200) and since then I have enjoyed being a TA for a variety of courses as described below, from basic level courses to advanced courses in the Systems and Electrophysics tracks including several core lab courses. I was also nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award at Drexel University in 2008. Though I did not win the award, getting nominated by my students was a very humbling and great experience. For more details on the courses I taught, please read on.

From January 2006 I have taught undergraduate level engineering courses at Drexel University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. I have conducted lab sessions, helped in designing or modifying course structure, held recitations, graded home works, quizzes, midterms and exams and taught occasional lectures for the following courses.

  1. ECE L302 Laboratory 2 (Winter 09): This course offered laboratory experiences in each of the five ECE tracks: computers, controls/robotics, electronics, power and energy, and telecommunications. Each lab consists of a stand-alone module containing: lecture material providing basic theory, references, and laboratory experiments. My primary role is conducting weekly labs as a lab instructor, testing the circuits after each step and debugging the faulty circuits, grading the lab reports and helping the students to gain understanding about the labs and complete the labs on time.

  2. ECE E304 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves (Fall 09): This course covered vector calculus, Coulomb's Law, Gauss' Law, Ampere's Law, Maxwell's equations, Electromagnetic (EM) fields in devices, EM fields in circuits, EM fields in machinery, EM waves, biological effects. My primary role was to grade quizzes, midterms and exams. I also had to solve the quizzes, midterms and exams before hand to prepare solutions to be given out to students.

  3. ECE L301 Laboratory 1 (Spring 08): This course offered laboratory experiences in each of the five ECE tracks: computers, controls/robotics, electronics, power and energy, and telecommunications. Each lab consists of a stand-alone module containing: lecture material providing basic theory, references, and laboratory experiments. This is a writing intensive course. My primary role was conducting weekly labs as a lab instructor, testing the circuits after each step and debugging the faulty circuits, grading the lab reports and basically helping the students complete the labs on time.

  4. ECE L304 Laboratory 4 (Summer 07, Winter 08, Summer 08): This course offered laboratory experience, using both modeling software (PSpice and Matlab)  and digital and analog hardware relevant to both electrical and computer engineers. Multi-week design projects and design teams are used to prepare students for Senior Design work. My primary role was conducting weekly labs as a lab instructor, testing the circuits after each step and debugging the faulty circuits, grading the lab reports and helping the students complete the labs on time.

  5. ECE S320 Transform Methods and Filtering (Winter 07): This course covered the Fourier series and the Fourier transform, sinusoidal steady-state analysis and filtering, discrete-time systems and the Z-transform, discrete Fourier transform, network functions and stability, magnitude, phase, poles and zeroes, Nyquist criterion, the Nyquist plot and root loci, stability of one-ports, sensitivity, worst-case design and failure-tolerance. My duties involved grading homeworks, quizzes and exams and covering recitations where I tried to solve student doubts and helped them in solving homework problems and understanding the content of the course.

  6. ECE E302 Electronic Devices (Spring 07, Fall 07): This course covered principles of operation of semiconductor devices, including PN diodes, bipolar transistors, and field effect transistors (JFET, MOSFET, MESFET). Applications of PN junctions, including solar cells, led, laser diodes and weekly laboratories reinforce lecture material by allowing students to build, measure and analyze data from simple devices. My primary role was conducting weekly labs as a lab instructor, grading the lab reports and helping the students understand and complete the labs on time.

  7. ECE 200 Fundamentals of Intelligent Systems (Winter 06, Spring 06): This course covered number systems and representation, two's complement arithmetic, digital logic devices, switching algebra, truth tables, minimization of Boolean functions, combinational logic design and analysis, sequential circuit analysis and design. My duties involved conducting labs, grading quizzes and exams and covering recitations where I tried to solve student doubts and helped them in solving problems and understanding the content of the course.

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