Areas of Expertise
My domain of expertise is in Chemometric data analysis for agriculture and food applications, particularly on Visible, Near Infrared and Mid Infrared hyperspectral imaging. I have some experience teaching, and much more mentoring students in the subjects of Chemometrics (applied statistics for spectral analysis), optical sensors, new technologies in agriculture (including Precision Agriculture), image analysis and informatic tools for data and image analysis.
My motivation for teaching
I always loved learning. It has been a source of joy and refuge when I most needed it. Good teachers have an incredible life-long impact in the students they teach, they definitely had it in mine. Engaging teachers not only open the door for fascinating aspects of a discipline that students could have otherwise found pointless, boring, or terrifying but also, and most importantly, have the ability to instil a life-long desire for learning.
My grandfather was a math teacher, he lived in his own world surrounded by curious artifacts meant to illustrate geometry, fractions, and planet orbits. I was fascinated by the enthusiasm and wonder he sometimes had when explaining a subject, an enchantment. When I was about 7 years old I learnt by heart one of his exercises “on triangles” and taught it to a class that was double my age, that was my first class. Then, somehow, I got lost in the way. I got into Science Research, that is a way of continually learning and teaching yourself and others, but in a small committee, by other means. I always loved teaching. My academic career did not provide me with as many opportunities I had hoped but I have been an occasional guest at the teaching role. My greatest professional motivation is to have an impact in peoples’ lives, to contribute to something meaningful in society. My second greatest motivation is to learn; and my third, is to be in relationship with others, to work in an environment of collaboration where I am working to promote a group shared goal. Teaching hits with a big bang all three of them, so it is not surprising that I feel inspired by it.
The making of this portfolio is a first step to reflect on my teaching experiences and practise and try to promote more opportunities for teaching in my career.
Teachers can make a big difference in people’s life. I have a great admiration for teaching as a role in society and I wish to take further part in it.
The main goals that I want to cultivate as a teacher are to promote a growth mentality in students, a respectful and collaborative attitude, an interest in learning, and the self-confidence and skills to develop as capable, considerate, and relationally healthy professionals that contribute meaningfully to society.
Wisdom begins in wonder.Socrates (470/469 - 399 BC)
Si tu diffères de moi mon frère, loin de me léser, tu m'enrichis.Antoine de St Exupéry (1900 - 1944)
He who is different from me does not impoverish me, he enriches me.
We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.John Naisbitt (1929)
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)
Lesson Plan Example
This sesion plan is based on a class I imparted within the Module BSEN40520 Optical Sensing Technology in UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering. I was invited by Dr. Aoife Gowen to participate in imparting this sesion. I have updated the lesson plan according to the insights developed during the UCD Teaching & Learning Seminar Series for Postdocs, 2021.
PORTFOLIO: Check out some of my teaching material
Hyperspectral Imaging Systems (Module BSEN40520, UCD)
Women in STEM Public Engagement Intervention
Although my position has always been as a researcher with no academic charges I have promoted, by my own initiative several teaching opportunities. Benefiting from a collaboration between the Irstea (Cemagref) institute and the University of Montpellier (Université de Montpellier 1), I participated in teaching three master classes (3 hours long). My postdoctoral position in UCD provided me with further opportunities engage in Master's degree Teaching.
I have always been involved in tutoring and mentoring students. During my periods of international collaboration, I had the opportunity to tutoring several students from different backgrounds and educational programs, at the agriculture engineering programs of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), Montpellier SupAgro (France) and the School of Biosystems and Food Engineering (UCD, Ireland).
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