Mostafa Farrokhabadi, recipient of the Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student, 2015

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mostafa Farrokhabadi standing by the living wall
Mostafa Farrokhabadi is a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students acknowledge his guidance, adaptability, and teaching methods as a TA for ECE 390 and ECE 467. Through the use of thought provoking questions, he encourages students to think critically and form a solid foundation about topics. He is known to take “great pains to explain lecture material” by turning complicated problems and examples into simple ones to which students can relate.

The course instructor complimented him by writing, “Having Mostafa as a TA in a course is a big boon to the course instructor and a great help” as he develops strategies for the students and thoughtfully plans out his work.   A student explains, “Mostafa’s enthusiasm and passion for teaching created an engaging environment whereby we were inspired to learn beyond core concepts, to expand and reflect on our knowledge of the impact that engineering design and economics could have in society”. It is evident that Mostafa went above and beyond the expectations of a teaching assistant.