Home C.V. Research Publications Teaching Evaluations Links Syllabi Dr. Durai Sundaramoorthi

My teaching is greatly influenced by my professors Victoria C. P. Chen, H. W. Corley, Jay M. Rosenberger, and Seoung Kim. I have adapted many of their teaching styles. I have developed my teaching philosophy based on my experience as a student as well as an instructor during last ten years.

I believe teaching is one of the most exciting and important parts of academia. The main role of a good instructor is to convey the subject knowledge as well as to motivate students in becoming independent learners and decision makers. Therefore, I strongly encourage and value studentsí opinion, questions, and discussion in class as well as outside classroom.

In general, the followings are my priority criteria and goals in leading students to their success.

1. Teaching fundamentals.

A solid foundation is required to understand and create new concepts. I will dedicate a significant portion of my lecture to explain the fundamental concepts and theories. Students will be encouraged and motivated to ask questions and add comments to help understand the fundamentals.

2. Encouraging independence and originality.

Being an operations research practitioner, I understand that one of the most important skills is solving the problem independently. I will encourage my students to critically evaluate theories and analyze covert assumptions. This way of learning theories and assumptions helps to develop studentsí confidence and excitement to come up with their own ideas, opinions and creations. This process will lead students to understand the concepts thoroughly. By this approach, students occasionally discover gaps in the literature and explore them to complete it.

3. Developing cross-disciplinary skills.

The success of cross-disciplinary research in the future depends greatly on how students are educated now. In traditional engineering and business curricula, students are taught that topics fall into specific areas, and are often led to believe that their coursework will encompass all they will need in their designated careers. Instead, I believe that it is important to encourage students to be independent learners, and look outside of their focused areas. I motivate students to apply their classroom knowledge to real world problems from different areas such as supply chain management, health care resource allocation/economics, and environmental engineering to develop their cross-disciplinary skills.

4. Having fun.

I understand that sometimes it is a little taxing even to the most dedicated students to pay full attention on lectures, especially those with some complicated and lengthy equations, concepts and explanations. Therefore, I believe using humor, when appropriate, can make class environment more relaxing and comfortable. This will ease up studentsí mind, get them involved and help the process of transferring the knowledge faster and easier. More than that, incorporating humor in lecture will eventually help students understand and remember the content of lecture.

5. Instilling discipline, professionalism and ethics.

I strongly believe that discipline, professionalism, and ethics are absolutely essential for success in study, work and other perspectives of life. I will lead my students by being an exemplary and encourage each and every student to develop or improve these critical elements of character as they move on toward their intended career after graduation.