Author Archives: rainman

About rainman

CEE SEM MS '12 PhD '15 ESM BS '92 SUC '89-'92 PE VA, TN, KY, WV, PA

Is Blogging a Good Idea?

As I have watched the daily scroll of entries on the “motherblog”, I have seen a number of people who talk about the dangers or uneasiness of blogging.  I don’t necessarily share their point of view, but am glad that … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging

Meanwhile, back in the Real World…

So, outside my student life, I actually have time to be in contact with non-students.  Other grad students in the engineering college will know why that is a shock.  But today, one such friend, an English teacher, emailed me an … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching Philosophy

Say What?

In engineering, I have grown accustomed to using highly technical words that sometimes I didn’t even know the meaning of.  Words like exacerbate (to make worse) and efflorescence (that white stuff on Torgerson Hall).  I don’t think engineers do it … Continue reading

Posted in Vocabulary

A lighthearted break

Don’t ask me why it occurred to me today.  Maybe not enough sleep.  But I thought about the various jokes I have heard over the years involving “Little Johnny”.  If you google it, you get lots of links, but this … Continue reading

Posted in Humor, Teaching Philosophy

The path less traveled

One of the most frustrating things about hearing about “learner-centered teaching” is how foreign it is to my experience.  I routinely think of my pedagogy class as “touchy-feely”.  Now, if you were an engineer with a couple decades of experience … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching Philosophy

Failure… the Final Frontier

In engineering, if we want to know how strong a material is, we test it til it breaks.  Pull and pull and pull and see just how much it can take.  Record what happened just before and you have the … Continue reading

Posted in About the Author, Failure, Teaching Philosophy