Furqan Ahmad CV
- Location Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah
- Category Faculty Of Engineering
- Address Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dhofar University, Salalah, Oman
- Highest Degree Level Ph.D.
- Total Years of Experience 5
- Expected Job Level Assistant/Associate Professor
Teaching is a good opportunity for an academic researcher to stimulate new directions for study because interactions with students can often produce interesting ideas. With respect to my academic career, I believe that research and teaching are mutually complementary. I am fortunate enough to gain considerable experience in research and teaching. I have a total of 13 years of experience in teaching and research, including nearly 8 years of teaching. During these 8 years, I have undergone different responsibilities, ranging from the conduct of laboratories to the teaching and supervision of several engineering projects. The following is an outline of my teaching experience, teaching philosophy, teaching interests, and courses taught.
Right after joining Myongji University as Ph.D. candidate, I started working as a teaching assistant in 2011. Then, in April 2016, I joined as a permanent faculty member, the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial University, Lahore, Pakistan. My duties included preparing and teaching undergraduate courses as well as conducting laboratory sessions. During this time, I taught a number of courses and laboratories related to my field. Beyond that, I also supervised and evaluated several final year undergraduate projects. Currently, I am working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, College of Engineering, Dhofar University, Salalah, Oman from the last four and half years since September 2016. Over this time, I have taught many courses over this period, supervised and evaluated a number of final year projects for undergraduate students. I also got chance to co-supervise the graduate students during my career.
One of the most important things about teaching is getting the student’s attention during the lecture. To do this, over time, I’ve learned how to create a simple, clear interactive and exciting way to deliver lectures in order to retain students’ attention in the classroom. I’m still seeking to continually improve my teaching, and in this respect, I’ve noticed that student feedback is one of the most effective ways to do it. In fact I consistently gather feedback from the student and go through it thoroughly. I often ask the student to send me feedback via email. It helps me understand where the student and I lack to cover the contents of the course. Another important aspect of academic career is the opportunity to share information and to instill in students the ability to use the knowledge and skills they have learned as building blocks to explore, understand and solve the real world problem. To achieve this aim, my primary objective in teaching is not only to communicate the facts and solve specific problems, but also to teach students how to think critically. In addition, I believe that to further enhance critical thinking, group discussion can be very vital, which I often arrange among students.
As far as my teaching and research experience is concerned, I am interested and would like to teach courses in the fields of fracture mechanics, mechanical design, strength of materials, mechanical dynamics and finite element method. Fortunately, I got the opportunity to teach all the courses of my domain offered during my professional career. And in all of these classes, I aim to do my utmost to introduce students to examples of the latest technological developments, through assignments and projects in compliance with the criteria of University’s Research Teaching Nexus.
Course Taught at Dhofar University, Salalah, Oman (2016-2020)
• Machine Design I
• Machine Design II
• Fluid Mechanics
• Mechanical Statics
• Properties of Materials
• Computer Applications in Mechanical Engineering
• Engineering Economy
• Introduction to Engineering
• Fluid Mechanics Lab.
• Thermal Fluid Lab.
• Engineering Workshop
Course Taught at Myongji University, Yongin, South Korea (2011-2014)
• Finite Element Method
• Solid Mechanics
• Mechanics of Material
• Composite Material
• Fatigue Failure
• Fracture Mechanics
- Best Paper Award (2017 )
BestrnPaper Award, International Symposium on Advanced MaterialrnResearch, ISAMR-2017, Seoul, South Korea.