Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Prof. Ron Howard

I've had the good fortune to take Decision Analysis twice, once as a student and then as a TA. I've also taken Voluntary Social Systems and The Ethical Analyst.

All I can say is - these are mindblowing classes. Prof. Howard engages in a socratic dialogue, helping students go deep into their beliefs and learning to think clearly. Prof. Howard has truly stretched my mind in so many ways.

With Thomas, Ibrahim, Prof. Howard and Aditi. Zhan and Jonathan are not in the pic. We had an absolute blast TAing this class. Prof. Howard believes that one cannot be the coach and the judge at the same time. So he acts as the coach in class while we act as judges, setting the papers and testing students (in addition to holding problem sessions).

I've always believed that the best way to learn a subject better is by teaching it. I am glad I signed up for this.

We also had an exhibition of creativity at the end - we gave students pipe cleaners to fiddle with during the problem sessions. This is something I learned from my mentor and teacher extraordinaire, Joshua Kerievsky.

The hand was made by Anthony Fai.

The TAs. It's been sooo much fun working together.

With Cynthia, Hassan and Anthony.

With Hsiu Ming, Ziv and Eelan.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Prof. Stan Christensen

I've taken this knockout class called Negotiation. One of the most practical and useful courses on campus, this class teaches us to use a framework for principled negotiation.

Prof. Stan Christensen teaches this class. He spends half his time negotiating in the real world and the other half teaching at Stanford. It is just amazing to listen to all of Stan's stories. He has negotiated hostage situations, between Russia and the breakaway republics, between Israel and Palestine as well as financial mergers,.. In short, he's all over the negotiation map.

Stan, like all of the great professors at Stanford, is an amazing listener. He listens intently to every student's comment and gives profound feedback.

I think from all of Stanford professors, if there's one thing I am going to learn, it is the art of listening. This class was super fun, negotiated with so many of my classmates - learned something from every one of them - Andrew Chacko, Douglas Mackinnon, Ashwini Doshi, Alec Stewart, Jessica Bledin, Jacqueline Dozier, Stephanie Tsai, Corinne Bright, Cormack Gordon and others. People made such thoughtful comments in class. Our TA Kate was very insightful and helped us have a great learning experience.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Professor Bob Sutton

Prof. Sutton is an amazing professor with a fantastic teaching style. His class (MSE 280) is non-stop fun, and I highly recommend it. He is a world-renowned authority on Organization Behavior, with two great books, The Knowing Doing Gap and Wierd Ideas That Work.

Like all the great professors I've met at Stanford, Prof. Sutton is extremely humble and a great listener.

I was fortunate to be in an awesome class with an awesome project team. In fact, Prof. Sutton mentioned that although our class was in Hewlett 102 (an extremely cramped room designed by the airline industry), he thought this was one of his best classes.

My team mates were Ajay Kshatriya, Matthew Wolfram and Zhan Xu, and we had great fun studying Cultures of Implementation (a comparative study of the Marriott with Crowne Plaza).

Also wanted to mention that we had two great classes taken by our Teaching Assistants, Ralph Maurer (on Southwest Airlines) and Tsedal Beyene (on Language Barriers).