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The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. -- Kahlil Gibran

To achieve career success, most engineers and researchers need a strong theoretical foundation, as well as the technical acumen and innovative thinking. To help my students achieve this goal, I intend to develop both theoretical curriculum and technical curriculum.

My philosophy for theorectical courses
      prioritizing the knowledge and skills;
      connecting the theoretical results with real world
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My philosophy for technical courses:
      recognizing and overcoming the 'expert blind spots';
      adopting appropriate teaching roles to support the learning goals
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Because of my strong belief that teaching is the best way to learn, I am eager to teach a wide range of courses, including undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. seminar courses.
Undergraduate Courses: Rigorous yet Intuitive
I will instill the foundation of engineering in the undergraduate students by developing rigorous, yet intuitive courses. I strongly believe that an intuitive understanding will help the students better retain important information in the courses, and hence better utilize the knowledge whenever needed.
Introduction to Power Systems
Introduction to Computer Systems
Probability and Stochastic Process
Signals and Systems
Linear Control System
Circuit Theory
Graduate Courses: Practical Problem Solving Skills
When teaching graduate courses, I intend my role to be a balanced hybrid between that of a teacher and an advisor. Each course will cover enough breadth within one specified field (e.g., electricity market, system control, performance modeling) for cultivating their technical acumen. The objective here is to introduce the students to the fundamental, analytical and notational tools. More specifically, I can teach standard engineering graduate courses that suit most master and doctoral programs, including
Power System Operation and Control
Stochastic Network Optimization Theory
Communication Theory
Approximation Algorithms: Theory and Practice
Noticing an increase in the desire for the knowledge of markets and systems among my students, I intend to build a solid graduate curriculum on foundational aspects of these two areas. I believe that having such knowledge will strengthen the students' ability to solve practical problems. First, the design of an effective market is the key to the success of any technology. Take power industry as an example. The conventional power system operation framework led to the current structure of the electricity market. However, the revolution of the electricity market can also affect the system operation in return. The understanding of such couplings between system operation and market design is readily applicable to many other industries, such as the transportation system and the gas transmission system. Example courses that sharpen such understanding include:
Electricity Market: Theory and Practice
Game Theory and Mechanism Design

Meanwhile, given the emergence of large scale systems, I realize that future researchers and engineers need the skills to better design the systems. This motivates me to design a series of system courses to help the students better model the systems, analyze the systems, and refine the systems:

Decentralized and Distributed Optimal Control
Analytical Performance Modeling
Ph.D. Seminar Courses: Innovative Thinking on Hot Topics
My Ph.D. seminar courses are designed to encourage discussion in the hot topics, and inspire new ideas. My role here as an advisor would be to understand niche and the specifics of the individual, and help him or her collaborate with myself and experts in the field to produce new results. Possible topics for the seminar courses include: are renewable energies really green? What should be the definition of `green energy'? Are all the renewable energies helping reduce the greenhouse gas emission? What are the possible ways to handle uncertainties in the power system? How to evaluate the advantages of each possible solution? What may be the consequences of each solution? Inherent in all these questions is my desire to enhance the students' critical and innovative thinking ability. I intend to discuss all these research questions in two seminar courses:
Seminar on Low Carbon Electric Power
Seminar on Stochastic Control for Power Systems