Teaching Interests

I am interested in improving the teaching of laboratory and computational modules in materials science, focusing on curriculum development and pedagogy.

Courses: a variety of materials science courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level (thermodynamics, kinetics, mechanical behavior, materials in design, laboratory courses).

Contributions to Materials Education:

  • SP Gentry. “Scaffolding Simulations in a Rate Processes of Materials Course.” (https://nanohub.org/resources/28793). 2018.
  • SP Gentry. “Materials: More than a Name.” DataVis: Materials Properties, McGraw-Hill Education (https://www.accessengineeringlibrary.com/datavis/material-properties#/). 2017.
  • SP Gentry. “Linking the Processing and Properties of a Material.” DataVis: Materials Properties, McGraw-Hill Education (https://www.accessengineeringlibrary.com/datavis/material-properties#/). 2017.
  • SP Gentry, T Faltens. “Visualizing Crystal Structures: An interactive group classroom activity.” (https://nanohub.org/resources/25263). 2016.
  • Contributor to the Engineering Education Learning Community blog at http://engineering.ucdavis.edu/eelc/

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

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