What began as an altruistic way to help college friends understand the complexities of physics and math has flourished into a full-fledged academic teaching and research career for Dr. Mohammad Akbar.
When he was in sixth grade, Akbar decided he was going to be a scientist. It was by tutoring school students for extra pocket money and helping his university friends that he discovered his love of teaching.
The University of Texas System Board of Regents recently rewarded Akbar, an assistant professor in the UT Dallas Department of Mathematical Sciences
, with a Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award
“I’ve been teaching essentially since my undergraduate years,” Akbar said. “I had the privilege of teaching my fellow friends – something I enjoyed very much. With friends, one should be prepared to step back and be able to explain every step leading to a concept, which I loved doing, and it was great training for how I teach now.”