I started at ARU in 2008, as an undergraduate student. Having experienced the culture and the environment of the University first-hand during my studies, in 2013 I joined the staff as a lecturer.
I grew up in a family of engineers. From civil to mechanical, to electrical to bioengineering, I was almost constantly surrounded by them. Add to that my love for mathematics, and it was more or less inevitable that I would end up as an engineer. And now I have been given the opportunity to share my passion with others.
Depending on the number of modules I teach in a trimester, the balance of my work can change from having a stronger focus on teaching and knowledge transfer, to spending more time researching (which, in turn, further develops my teaching material).
Having graduated from ARU not that long ago, I have quite a deep understanding of the students’ experiences and expectations. Therefore, I make every attempt to make my lectures what they’re looking for, and more.
I always try to connect with my students on an individual level, too – to help encourage their interests, learn to effectively conduct studies and research and eventually, present their findings in a professional manner. My mantra is a quote from Henry Ford: ‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can't – you're right.'
The fact that I have the opportunity to interact with so many people on a daily basis, and exchange vast amounts of ideas and knowledge, is, in my opinion, what makes teaching so unique. As a lecturer, you can never expect a routine work day! Every day is an adventure in its own way.
With the rather busy workload, it can be challenging at times. Teaching in an engineering field, it's essential to keep up with the most recent updates in technology and the industry, to ensure a balance between the intake and transfer of knowledge. It's helpful to be able to express and discuss one’s concerns with management. Everyone at ARU is more like a family than colleagues. The teams’ commitments to and support of each other, as well as of our students, make all the difference.
Alireza teaches electronics and audio music technology at ARU: find out more about our undergraduate engineering courses.