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I am a semi-retired engineer. I am educated in Physics and spent 20 years in optical and sonar engineering. I have transitioned to education and have a years experience providing private tutoring sessions to high school and university students. I specialize in AP Calculus and Physics.
William Hill Hardin
I am a former professional Scientist and Engineer who has transitioned to teaching.
University of California, San Diego
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society
Date Degree conferred: March 2001
Specific Teaching Experience:
• Unlimited Learning. I am currently a physics and calculus tutor, although I also tutor chemistry, linear algebra, algebra, and geometry. I provide tutoring to high school students, 9-12 grade, as well as university students. I provide in-home and online sessions which consist of concept instruction and homework assistance. I write articles on important concepts to provide to my students.
• Teledyne RDI: Served as a mentor and instructor for College and High School Interns. Taught Doppler sonar theory and testing. Also explained and demonstrated data analysis techniques, geometric interpretation of sonar beam data, and the physics of acoustic sound propagation and beam formation of both piston and phased array transducers.
• L-3 Photonics: Was considered subject matter expert on air-borne fiber data distribution and gave talks nationwide to technical audiences. Assisted with the definition creation of optical data backbone components in conjunction with NAVAIR and assisted in authoring the ARINC standards publication. Authored an article on the technical aspects of Optical network backbones and optically amplified taps.
• United States Army: Served as a non-commissioned officer instructing and mentoring junior service members in operating room technique and basic military skills. Also served as an instructor and testing proctor for the Expert Field Medical Badge.
• Boy Scouts of America: Served as a mentor and instructor for boy scouts, ages 11 to 18. Was qualified as a Mammal Study and Astronomy merit badge instructor.
Position: AP Physics and Calculus Tutor
Dates: January 2020 to present
In this position I am providing in-home and online tutoring for high school and university students. I specialize in AP physics and calculus, but I also have students in chemistry, geometry, algebra and linear algebra. I handle both lessons and help with homework. I specialize in explaining concept in a way that my students can understand. I assess how they learn and modify my approach specific to the student. I have been highly successful at this and have very positive feedback from my students and their parents. I am finding this work extremely rewarding and have made the decision to make teaching my career.
Employer: Teledyne RDI
Position: Sonar Systems Engineer
Dates: May 2012 to January 2020
In this position I led a team of engineers in designing, building, testing and providing field support for Doppler sonar instruments. This job involved daily application of math and physics to predict, measure and characterize the performance of doppler sonar systems. I developed mathematical models and applied physical laws to predict the way that sound waves propagate through the ocean. I developed a full understanding of the electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, firmware engineering, and software engineering aspects of the complete system.
I wrote internal white papers and technical articles on topics concerning our systems and Doppler sonar.
I mentored daily junior engineers in my group and guide college and high school interns in assisting me with system testing.
I wrote test plans and full test procedures for technicians, instructed them in the testing, and provided support and feedback for production testing of deliverable systems.
Employer: L-3 Photonics
Position: Senior Optical Engineer.
Dates: May 2001 to May 2012
I worked for 11 years discovering ways to distribute optical data through optical fibers. I researched the literature, built prototypical test systems, and fully tested and characterized the optical signals as they propagated through the network. Daily I used principles of math and physics to predict and analyze system performance.
I wrote internal white papers on the scientific principles I worked on and was professionally published.
Employer: Self Employment
While working on my undergraduate degree at UCSD I worked as a tutor for university as well as high school students. I specifically provided tutoring services for math and physics.
Employer: United States Army
Position: Operating Room Specialist, Sergeant.
I worked as an Operating Room Specialist. In addition to assisting surgeons during operations, I taught and mentored service members still in training in surgical technique. When I was promoted to Sergeant I daily mentored and instructed my assigned junior service members in all aspects of their lives as service members including soldiering. I also was an instructor and proctor for the Expert Field Medical Badge. I conducted classes on wound triage and treatment and proctored the hands-on testing.
Braun, S. and Hardin, W. (November-December 2009). All Optical Network. Fiber and Integrated Optics. Volume 28-Number 6. Pages 412-416.
I am a lifelong learner. In my personal time my greatest joy is in reading. I read classic works of literature, scientific articles, and books on various and diverse subjects that interest me. Currently I am interested in sailing ships.
I own several telescopes and enjoy viewing the heavens and astronomical events. I ground my own 8 in. parabolic mirror to use as the primary optical device for a home-built telescope.
I play acoustic instruments. I have guitars and banjos and love to play Appalachian folk music as well as acoustic versions of classical rock.
Working with my hands has been a lifelong passion. I do my own repairs and improvement projects around the house.
I build models. I have built flying model airplanes, plastic static models, and wooden ship models.
I am a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. I am involved with performing vessel inspections and instructing the public with recreational boating education.
I have been an Assistant Scout Master with the Boy Scouts of America. I mentored scouts and taught courses in Mammal Studies and Land Navigation.
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