At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, I am currently engaged in the curricular development and teaching of our Design, Innovation and Society (DIS) major––the world's only design program based in a Science and Technology Studies department and taught mostly by social scientists and humanists. 95% of our students are dual majors with another degree, the majority being Mechanical Engineering, but also Building Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Management, and others. Teaching these students is an experience like no other: they are bright, motivated, fascinated by technology and design but willing to be critical and reflexive about their part in the development process.
Before arriving at RPI, I was committed to teaching through my doctoral experience within UCL STS, where I worked as a teaching assistant for four years. I had the privilege of teaching in a broad spectrum of modules, from introductory to advanced undergraduate level including some guest Master's lectures (see 'Lectures' in the previous page).
Teaching was among the most enriching experiences of my doctoral life. I was primarily responsible for tutorials – small classes (ten to fifteen students) in which we address a weekly topic at length and, as such, demand intense engagement from the students. In tutorials, I encourage my students to value their own and their colleagues’ experiences as important resources, while engaging with theory and literature to flesh out their ideas and analytical capabilities.
Tutorials I have designed are based on a philosophy of active learning, coaxing participation from students in the guise of mock debates, risk assessment panels, or general roundtable discussions. My work as a teaching assistant has been praised by students in evaluations as "interactive" and "engaging".
Writing Practicum (graduate level)
Senior Project –– capstone course in Design and Society (4000-level capstone course)
Governing Emerging Technologies (3000-level course)
Studio 1 - Introduction to Design and Representation (1000-level course)
Science Policy (1000-level course)
Revealing Science (1000-level course)
Investigating Science and Society (1000-level course)