Amy Biegalski—or “Dr. B,” as she is known to her students—came to UT because of her love of teaching and her love of the outdoors. She enjoys teaching Engineering Fundamentals (EF) classes at UT because of the “enthusiasm, energy, and dedication” of the students. According to Dr. B, EF is vitally important because it introduces students to real-world problem-solving, diverse perspectives, and team-based hands-on experiences. Her favorite students are those that ask thoughtful questions, feel confident enough to call her out on her mistakes, and stop to chat with her about their individual passions and pursuits.
We asked Dr. B a few specifics to help freshmen students get to know here a bit better:
Q: Where did you get your undergraduate degree?
A: I received my Civil/Structural Engineering degree from Ohio State University.
Q: How can students succeed in class and make their professors happy?
A: Make use of all available resources, show up, contribute to the discussions, complete assignments, and enjoy the challenge.
Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve of students?
A: Students who don’t show up for team meetings. Where is the love?
Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: Taking my two girls on adventures: exploring mountains and parks, hiking, biking, backpacking, skiing, and rock climbing.
This Q&A is the first in a series we’re rolling out to help our students get to know the Engineering Fundamentals staff in the college.