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" Imparting practical knowledge while fostering intellectual curiosity to fuel a love of learning. "

“The reason many people go into teaching is vicariously to re-experience the primary joy experienced the first time they learned something they loved.” -- Stephen Brookfield paraphrasing Lee Andresen (Brookfield, 1996). I find joy in both learning and teaching and hope to pass on this experience to my students. I am a very patient, caring, and invested teacher that believes that anyone can succeed with the proper motivation and perseverance.

Short Biography
Dr. Hsia is an author and multiple disciplinary teacher. His research area is synthetic biology, where he designs and implements protein-based circuits in bacteria. He currently is a scholar at UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering Computer Science.

My education and professional experience
I received my bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and am currently a postdoctoral scholar there. I also hold a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. My research area is in synthetic biology, where, very loosely speaking, I design, analyze, and implement protein-based circuits in bacteria. I spent a year as an Electronics Engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems before graduate school.

Why I am teaching this course
I have lots of traditional offline teaching experience and am excited to explore this new realm of online education with you! I was a lab teaching assistant (TA) for this class at UC Berkeley in 2012, prior to its online inception. I love this class' emphasis on "maker culture" in teaching circuit basics that can be readily applied to home and side projects. Our goal is to help you join the ranks of the curious and the hands-on: the tinkerers who can make sense of today's increasingly technology-driven society. I've been heavily involved in teaching at UC Berkeley both as a TA (five times) and as an instructor (twice) for both EE and CS classes. I've also taken classes related to education and pedagogy and am gaining in familiarity with online learning.

In my section...
you'll get to engage in the course! Even in this hyper-connected Internet age, learning online can be a lonely space. These sessions allow you to interact not just with me but with fellow students in a more intimate learning community. As facilitator, I will be prepared to assist you with the course material and project, but the beauty of this class is that it is an introduction to becoming an electronics hobbyist. You're only required to build the class robot, but you're being given the tools and knowledge to build so much more. I'll work hard to keep the class material interesting and engaging, even if you are having no problems with the assignments. Introductory courses open your eyes to a vast array of ideas and possibilities; let's explore together!

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