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Tom tutors in Austin, TX

Tom O.

Private tutor in Austin, TX

Tom O.52

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Education

Current PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin studying Computational Science Engineering and Mathematics. I am a second year student as of January 2017, I expect to graduate from the program in 2021. My research involves massively parallel algorithms for optimization and atmospheric fluid dynamics. Prior to UT I got degrees in Mathematics and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Wisconsin - Madison with 3.8 and 3.55 major GPAs respectively. I held various research positions at UW both in math and in Engineering Mechanics. I was also a course assistant for an advanced mechanics of materials course, where I graded assignments for both graduate students and undergraduates as an undergrad.

Experience

I have extensive experience tutoring both at the high school level and at the collegiate level - both undergrad and grad students. At UW Madison I was a head tutor at the College of Engineering's Undergraduate Learning Center. I tutored individually and in groups for various math, physics, engineering and computer science classes with consistently high marks. I was also an advisor for incoming freshmen and transfer students in Engineering at UW, and have a lot of experience working with students from all walks of life. I am the son of two teachers and enjoy teaching, both with students that need extra remedial help and gifted students that want to learn beyond their grade level. I hope ultimately to be a University professor, both to work on my research and to inspire young minds. I am the recipient of the CSEM Fellowship at UT Austin. While at UW-Madison I received the National Science Foundation's REU scholarship. I have taken extensive amounts of courses in engineering, mathematics, physics and computer science. Further I took a substantial amount of elective courses in philosophy, sociology, and am passionate about and well versed in liberal arts as well as STEM. In my engineering work in undergrad, I personally designed novel technology for a fuel cell powered electric 4 seat plane as part of a NASA competition (I designed the entire power plant for the plane). I also designed a magnetic induction coffee roaster.

Availability

Weekends at any time, Friday at any time, Weekdays in the evening

Can Meet

Up to 15 minutes away for no additional charge

Hobbies

In my free time I read philosophy, history, political science and sociology as well as literature. Since I was in first grade I have been an avid musician. I currently play guitar, drums and bass. I have years of experience playing saxophone, and guitar in various groups, both at a competition concert band level and also have played in various bands, both in the midwest and in Austin. I spend other time woodworking, gardening and undertaking home improvement projects. I have built various pieces of furniture, an electric guitar and am currently working on my first wood-strip canoe in my garage. I am a fitness enthusiast. I played rugby and baseball for a few years, and enjoy running and lifting weights religiously. I still play golf for leisure. I am also a nature enthusiast. My wife and I go hiking a lot and have taken vacations together to natural wonders such as Big Bend National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert. I love animals and have three dogs that are an integral part of my life. I have no problem going to houses with potentially "overbearing" pets (as has come up in the past). I consider myself a friendly outgoing person.

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