Seeking Teaching Assistant for Multidisciplinary Design Course

May 23, 2019

The Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering is launching a​ ​new, ​multidisciplinary  engineering design course​ ​in the​ ​fall of 2019. This 1-semester course will bring together  students from multiple engineering disciplines to address real world challenges. The class of  15-20 students will be placed on 4 or 5 teams, and each team will be matched with a project  partner from industry, medicine, or the social sector. Students will learn to collaborate between  their different work styles and cultures, understand the essential need behind the problem,  prototype solutions, test, and present a final solution to their project partner. Each team will be  matched with technical advisors relevant to their project.

The course will meet from 1:30-2:45pm on Monday and Wednesday in Brody Learning  Commons 5015/5017. Students from the departments of mechanical engineering, biomedical  engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, environmental health and engineering,  materials science and engineering, civil engineering, computer science, and electrical and  computer engineering are all invited to take the course.


The role of the TA will be 2-fold: managing logistics and team coaching. If the TA is interested in  curriculum development (designing course activities or mini-lectures), other responsibilities can  be shifted during those times to accommodate that work.


  • Primary communicator with project partners and technical advisors in regards to course updates and logistics
  • Printing and preparing materials for class
  • Grading deliverables with the instructor and compiling feedback for each team


  • Meeting teams weekly or biweekly
  • Offering design process and team dynamics mentorship
  • Offering technical mentorship on projects within the TA’s engineering expertise



  • Engineering senior or graduate student who has previously taken and/or TA-ed a project-based course
  • Exposure to design thinking (human-centered design) processes and mindsets
  • Strong communication skills, both written and interpersonal
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Solid understanding of basic engineering principles and technical depth in their discipline or area of research


  • Experience developing a product or service outside an academic environment
  • Mentorship experience
  • Experience in navigating team dynamics
  • The ability to bring positivity to the learning environment



  • Paid hourly at $15-$16/hour, based on previous experience
  • 10 hrs/week expected commitment
  • August 26 – December 20, 2019
  • Expected to attend all classes (M/W 1:30-2:45pm)
  • Logistical responsibilities and meetings with teams can be flexibly scheduled to work with other commitments


To apply, send an email to ​​ with two pdfs attached:

  1. Your resume with the filename formatted as ​lastname_firstname_jhedID_Resume.pdf​.
  2. A written description of how your experiences (e.g. coursework, TAships, industry) and qualifications (e.g. technical skills, soft skills, design thinking exposure) fit the needs of the course and will enhance the learning experience for students. This letter should be no more than one page and formatted as ​lastname_firstname_jhedID_Letter.pdf​.

Please email the instructor, Alissa Murphy, at ​​ with any questions.

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