Professor of Engineering and Physics
“I want to students to learn the essential skills relevant to managing cross-disciplinary engineering and science-based teams in industries.”
Ph.D. in Physics – Clemson University, 1998
Promoted to Professor in 2008.
Which online degree program(s) do you teach?
What do you want students in your courses to learn? What is the learning outcome or objective?
I want to students to learn the essential skills relevant to managing cross-disciplinary engineering and science-based teams in industries.
What advice would you give to those considering this program?
My advice would be to develop solid time management skills. The flexibility to create your own schedule is often one of the biggest appeals of online degree programs, but it is easy to fall behind if you don't keep focused.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in the area in which you teach?
A successful engineering leader is an individual who has the technical ability and the communication skills to lead a team toward a common goal.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?
One of the biggest challenges is learning how to manage a team. A successful manager must keep the team focused and set a clear, deadline-driven vision for every project.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
QBQ! The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller.