By Peter Murphy
Published May 21, 2020
“Absolutely incredible,” “amazing” and “the only reason I am passing the class,” are some of the comments students submitted about Ehsan Osloub, PhD candidate and teaching assistant (TA) in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering.
Osloub received the Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants from the University’s Graduate School for 2020. The award recognizes the exceptional ability in teaching by UB graduate students.
“Mr. Osloub is one of the most effective, if not the most effective, teaching assistant we have had in CSEE over the past decade,” says professor Amjad Aref, who has worked with Osloub as instructor of CIE 323 Structural Analysis.
During his academic career at UB Osloub has served as TA for different instructors in several classes. He worked with students in a demanding required junior level-course, and he has also worked with students outside of the civil engineering major in courses such as EAS 209.
“Ehsan is a young man of many talents and exceptional capabilities,” says professor Shahid Ahmad, EAS 209 Mechanics of Solids, “he always goes above and beyond his scheduled work assignment and conducts extra office hours and recitations to help students learn the course material.”
Osloub is also consistent in his effectiveness as a teaching assistant. This award is the second in as many years recognizing Osloub for his service as a TA. In 2019, he earned the Outstanding TA Award from the Department.
Osloub’s work as a TA has been valuable to instructors and students alike. According to Paul Miliken, a civil engineering junior, “every Tuesday and Thursday, Ehsan had office hours from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Most days he wouldn’t get a break and would often stay late to finish helping students. I could not have achieved what I did if it wasn’t for Ehsan’s help, guidance, mentorship and compassion for the subject material.”
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