I joined the Architectural & Building Engineering Technology Department in 2008 and I have loved every day that I have been here because I get to combine two of my favorite things: teaching and engineering. My background is in building systems, specifically heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), so classes I teach include subject areas like fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, HVAC, plumbing and electrical/lighting systems. In all of my classes, I try to emphasize a combination of theoretical concepts and practical applications through lectures, labs and “real world” projects. I enjoy teaching both fundamental and advanced classes because it allows me to see the students grow both as people and engineers, which is very gratifying.
In addition to my teaching I am also the advisor for the Vermont Tech ASHRAE Student Branch, which is one of two clubs in the Architectural & Building Engineering Technology Department that is affiliated with a national, professional society. This club allows students to explore their interest in the field and network with practicing professionals. Each year we go to the ASHRAE Winter Conference which is a great opportunity for the students to attend a professional conference and trade show and also allows them to meet fellow student members from around the country.
In 2011 and again in 2014, I was selected by the ASHRAE Champlain Valley Chapter as their Young Engineer of the Year.