On Mentorship

Today's lesson from my mentor: IF by Rudyard Kipling If you can keep your head when all about you       Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,    But make allowance for their doubting too;   If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,    Or being lied… Continue reading On Mentorship

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On Materials

"Everything is made of something." ~ Seetal Solanki There are times when it gets confusingly stressful. I am technically in two different programs: Materials Engineering (MatE) and HEED. On paper, I am expected to prioritize MatE being its program coordinator and a full-time faculty in the field. The other program is just extension work. But… Continue reading On Materials

On Determination

So the Universe is testing me again. Push and Pull. Just when you think you know the way to go, something shiny and tempting is placed right in front of you before you make a turn. Crossroads. One road with all the prestige academia demands from a faculty in engineering: a big project, international collaboration,… Continue reading On Determination

On Responsibilities

"More is asked of us than most people, therefore we must strive to be better than most if we are to prove ourselves worthy of that responsibility..." - Nasuada, from the book Inheritance by Christopher Paolini 2017 was about beginnings. 2018 will be about growth. I am still not used to introducing myself as an… Continue reading On Responsibilities

On Lectures & Grades

I have a dilemma. Creating lectures and checking exams and quizzes are increasingly difficult to do when you no longer see the point of these outdated teaching and assessment techniques. :(( Probably one of the reasons why I enjoyed handling the product design class this semester. Very minimal lectures. No written exams. But students have… Continue reading On Lectures & Grades