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Kristin L. Wood, Ph.D.

Cullen Trust Endowed Professor in Engineering No. 1 and University Distinguished Teaching Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

UT Austin

Teaching, at its core, is the ability to tap into the students' inquisitive nature, interests, background and creativity. Hands-on instruction, the Socratic method, active learning and a dynamic learning environment set the stage for this student-instructor relationship. Our desire, then, is not to teach students just an identified set of fundamental knowledge, but to light the flame for the students to be invigorated, to teach themselves, to innovate, and to be the next generation of entrepreneurs.