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Tutor profile: Joshua W.

Joshua W.
Recent Ph.D. Graduate with a Passion for Teaching/Mentoring
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About Joshua

About Joshua
Hi, my name is Josh and I am just finishing my Ph.D. at UC Berkley in Mechanical Engineering. I love teaching and I embrace the challenge of reframing problems to suit different learning styles and frameworks for understanding. When I am not teaching or thinking about science, I spend my time being physically active, cooking, and spending way too much time browsing the web for new and interesting music.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience
I have always enjoyed teaching, both informally and formally. I have fond memories of casually tutoring my friends and peers from grade school through college. As an undergrad, I had the opportunity to take on my first formal teaching appointment as a teacher's assistant and I haven't looked back since. I sought out as many teaching opportunities as possible during graduate school, serving as a teacher's assistant several times and eventually taking on the challenge of serving as the primary instructor for an upper division undergraduate...
University of California - Berkeley
Mechanical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
2015 - 2020
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Biomedical Engineering
Bachelor's Degree
2010 - 2015

Work Experience

Work Experience
Calliope, Mentor
2020 - Present
I work to help deepen students' understanding and mastery of science/math as a mentor at Calliope. Calliope's mission is to turn students into better thinkers, not just hone their ability to regurgitate problem solving algorithms that lead them to the correct answer. I have always believe this is the best way to educate students, and I approach all teaching moments from this perspective.
University of California, Berkeley, Graduate Student
2015 - 2020
As a graduate student at UC Berkeley, I studied special materials that convert thermal energy to electrical energy. These so-called pyroelectric materials are interesting because they have the potential to take the thermal energy released to the environment during traditional energy conversion processes (think of how hot a car engine is to the touch) and turn it into electrical energy that can be harnessed for useful processes (e.g. powering your car stereo). Pyroelectric materials are still in their nascent development as an energy conversion...
Stanford University, Visiting Student Researcher
2014 - 2015
I took a 9 month break from my undergraduate studies to work under Professors Juan Santiago and Ken Goodson at Stanford University. While at Stanford, I helped develop a phase change cooling technology that can handle the high temperatures and heat fluxes of modern and future microchip technologies.

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