Those working in the engineering professions need to apply the skills of engineering to solve real life engineering problems while being able to convey those solutions to others who are not trained in the engineering professions. As a professor I have an opportunity to help the students acquire those skills in the classroom, in the field, and through personal and group study. I strive to give the students projects and problems that will require critical thinking and individual effort or team work to complete. I strive to introduce them to research experiences that will enhance their creative problem solving skills. I strive to give them experience with computer programs and simulations that will enhance the teaching experience. I strive to give them opportunities to learn through their written reports and oral presentation. Finally I strive to instill in them the love of lifelong learning and a trust in their ability to solve the open-ended problems that they might face.
While achieving those goals can only be fully measured by the performance of the students after they begin working in their professions, shorter term evaluations of the students are obtained through tests, problem solving, projects, presentations, and student involvement at school and in the community. Complementary to this are the evaluations of the faculty and courses by the student evaluations. I believe that both feedbacks are necessary for the improvements of the university and its programs.