Other teaching @ Stanford
In addition to teaching the Machine Learning short course and workshop series, I had a the opportunity to teach an applied linear algebra short course and to serve as a teaching assistant for an introductory course in probability and statistics.
ICME Refresher Course: Applied Linear Algebra
I was an instructor for the ICME Refresher Course , a four-day course for incoming graduate students that reviews material from undergraduate-level mathematics courses. I taught the Applied Linear Algebra section, which took place before the start of the 2013 fall quarter at Stanford. There were 15-20 students attending the course, with half of the students coming from the Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) program and half from other programs in the School of Engineering. The topics covered in the course included: matrix and vector properties, matrix algebra, linear transformations, solving linear systems, matrix decompositions, orthogonality, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
Importance of Work
The applied track of the ICME Refresher Course is intended to serve multiple purposes for the participating students. The course is intended to help students to review material from their undergraduate linear algebra course to get them up to speed on some of the concepts and terminology that will arise in their coursework in the School of Engineering. It also helps introduce incoming students to Stanford, giving them an opportunity to meet peers who may be in their courses and to meet senior graduate students who can answer their questions about academics and student life. For students, like myself, who are not coming to Stanford straight out of their undergraduate institution, the refresher course is a nice way to ease back into the university setting before the start of the Autumn quarter.
- I set the course syllabus and selected course content based on linear algebra background required for several popular engineering courses.
- I prepared lecture materials, including practice exercises and lecture notes (in the form of slides, included below for reference), for four three-hour lectures.
- I created student feedback forms, which I used to adjust the course pace, content and focus.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
I was a teaching assistant for an undergraduate-level course, Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers (CME 106) during summer quarter 2012 at Stanford. There were approximately 30 students enrolled in the course, including Stanford undergraduates, visiting summer students, and graduate students. This introductory course covers topics such as random variables, discrete and continuous distributions, conditional probability, regression, and hypothesis testing, all with applications geared toward engineering students.