I am committed to providing excellent teaching and mentorship through teaching undergraduate courses, mentoring undergraduate and graduate researchers, and developing innovative science communication materials as a fellow of the MIT Communication Lab and as founder of the ongoing outreach initiative ColorMePhD.
Through my teaching, I aim to provide students with the opportunity to relate to and develop a positive relationship with the content to retain more information, skillfully apply fundamental concepts to real-world applications, and gain confidence in their abilities. I am committed to supporting students in developing these skills by fostering an inclusive classroom that equips students with the tools to:
1) Engage in content through active learning inside and outside of the classroom
2) Learn and apply fundamental chemical engineering concepts through collaborative projects
3) Develop problem-solving skills in an inclusive environment
University-Level Instruction Experience
University of California, Berkeley; Berkeley, CA
Graduate Student Instructor for CBE 141: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics; Jan. 2017 – May 2017
During the Spring semester of 2017, I served as a graduate student instructor (GSI) for undergraduate chemical engineering thermodynamics with Professor Markita Landry. Duties included creating and grading exams and quizzes, holding office hours and review sessions, developing lesson plans, and teaching two discussion sections per week for undergraduate thermodynamics.
"Julie was an absolutely amazing GSI! She was consistently prepared, offered help outside of her usually scheduled office hours, and genuinely cared about her students. Julie was instrumental to my success in this course." - Anonymous feedback from Course Evaluations
Graduate Student Instructor for CBE 154: Chemical Engineering Laboratory; Aug. 2015 – December 2015
During the Fall semester in 2015 I served as a graduate student instructor (GSI) for chemical engineering senior lab with Dr. Colin Cerretani and Professor David Graves. I instructed and supervised laboratory experiments for senior-level undergraduates, maintained and improved experimental units and operating procedures, delivered and enforced safety training, and provided technical and analytical support for students. Experiments included distillation, membrane separation, adsorption and reaction, packed and fluidized beds, and centrifugal pumps. In recognition for my excellence in teaching this course, I was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (OGSI) award, presented to the top 9% of GSIs across the university based on teaching evaluations.
"Julie was a great GSI and extremely helpful in the DIST lab. She was very knowledgeable about the apparatus and could quickly identify our sources of error when we were having problems. She also kindly shared her experiences in applying to grad school with us students who are interested in the same path." - Anonymous feedback from Course Evaluations
Graduate Student Instructor for CBE 40: Introduction to Chemical Engineering; Aug. 2014 – December 2014
During the Fall semester in 2014 I served as a graduate student instructor (GSI) for introduction to chemical engineering , an introductory chemical engineering course for first year undergraduates, with Dr. Marjorie Went. I developed homework problems, exams, and lesson plans and taught two discussion sections (~30 students) each week.
"Julie is also solid at teaching; she is very enthusiastic about the course and is careful with the way she presents the material. I have no complaints with her as she provided a positive teaching experience." - Anonymous feedback from Course Evaluations
Arizona State University; Tempe AZ
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant at Arizona State University: FSE 100; Aug. 2013- Dec. 2013
As an undergraduate, I served as a teaching assistant for Fulton Schools of Engineering (FSE) 100, an introductory engineering laboratory class with Dr. Benjamin Mertz. In this role, I guided students through independent projects, implemented safety guidelines, and offered student support for design and construction of alternative energy producing devices.
Mara H. Wasburn Early Engineering Educator Award (2019)
Award and travel grant ($2,000) for “demonstrated commitment to innovation in teaching...potential for substantial contributions to the field; and a demonstrated interest in advancing women in engineering.” [link]
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (OGSI) Award, UC Berkeley (2016)
Honor given to the top 9% of GSIs at UC Berkeley according to student nominations and evaluations presented for excellence in teaching chemical engineering senior lab.