Gentry, Susan

Teaching Interests

I am interested in applying pedagogy and the science of learning, into how I teach engineering.  improving the teaching of laboratory and computational modules in materials science, focusing on curriculum development and pedagogy.

Teaching methods

  • Peer learning assistants to support student project teams and introductory education
  • Alternative grading schemes (mastery learning and specifications grading)
  • Oral exams
  • Active learning
  • Supporting student mental health and wellness


I teach variety of materials science courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level (thermodynamics, kinetics, mechanical behavior, materials selection, laboratory courses).

Contributions to Materials Education:

Supporting Student Success During the COVID-19 Pandemic:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I led the creation of a 1-unit seminar course titled “Strategies for Success in Online Learning”, which was first offered during Spring Quarter 2020. A description of the course and course materials are available here: Seminar on Online Learning