30 years working for the US government as an Operations Research Analyst at various agencies, including three years at the SHAPE Technical Center in The Hague, The Netherlands, as well as five years working for US Defense Contractors. After retirement taught in the El Paso Independent School District for three years as a substitute teacher up to 12tgh grade. Instructor in the Science and Robotics club at one of the high schools in El Paso, TX. Also taught algebra at the El Paso Community College. Developed and implemented several computer simulations for use in studies using computer languages from the first generation (Machine Language, Fortran), to second and third generation (SIMSCRIPT, C,JAVA) and use of fourth generation integrated development environments.
As anybody can see from my Experience entry, my career has not been in teaching proper, so I would not be the person to go to for specialized teaching philosophy or terminology. Although I did attempt to get a Math Teaching Certificate other events over took this effort. This said, I can only add that I like to share the knowledge I have acquired through out the years with those who are barely starting, like the kids in High School. Teaching robotics presents a unique opportunity to do this because it not only requires that the instructor give lectures at the board, but also a very hands-on approach. We also have to get down to the nitty gritty: actually putting together the robots with the wheels and the motors and the servo motors and the sensors, ... we have to be able to make all the proper wire and cable connections, specify and implement the connection of sensors to specific ports on the micro controller, etc. So it is very hands-on. Also, a unique opportunity is presented to borrow from various areas of knowledge; math, geometry, electronics, etc. and the code to bring all these together has to be designed and implemented. Again, a very hands-on approach is required. I like to use all tools available- from blackboard and chalk Or white board and felt-tip pen), to multi-media presentations, Power Point, laboratory work where, as mentioned above, we get down to the details and actual putting together parts and connecting them to the microcontroller, etc.
Throughout the years I have received several performance awards with the concomitant bonuses.
BS in Mathematics with minor in Physics from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), completed course work for a Masters in Industrial Engineering at UTEP, and several post-BS math courses at the New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, NM. As a federal employee, attended many specialized courses in appropriate subjects such as computer graphics, probability, statistics, computer simulation, air defense, etc.
I served in the US Navy for four and a half years including one year in the Vietnam Mekong Delta fighting the VC. Started as an Ensign at the Newport Rhode Island school, and ended as a Lieutenant. Served on board ship as Executive Officer and Operations Center officer, Navigator. In Vietnam I served as the Officer-inCharge of a Patrol Craft, Fast (of "swift boat" fame). Fluent in both English and Spanish. While in The Netherlands studied and spoke a little bit of Dutch. Can still read it, but I would not hazard to have a conversation with a native.