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Roger Chang

Portrait of Roger Chang

Roger Chang started teaching at Virginia Tech, officially as an instructor, in the spring of 2003. However, he also taught courses during his doctoral studies, as a graduate student. He was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award, 2021-2022, by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. His advice for new college teachers: “Love your job! It's hard to teach well without passion.”

Courses taught:

  • "Phys 2305" for Physics
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Mechanics of deformable bodies
  • Vibration and control
  • Structures/Advanced Mechanics of Materials in Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM)
  • System Dynamics and Vibrations in Mechanical Engineering (ME) 
  • and more! Many of the above courses - courses he has taught - are required undergraduate courses in different engineering majors. 

Oscar Johansson has taken three courses with Chang and described his experience as, “always engaging.” Johansson elaborated by saying, “I felt that I was able to truly understand the material from the examples he gave. He also did a fantastic job at showing how we might be able to apply the concepts covered in class to design teams and engineering work in industry.” See what some of his other students have said, and his teaching excellence award profile, here.

Teaching Philosophy:

He said, it's quite simple. I teach classes the way I want to be taught if I were a student.

Favorite part about teaching:

My favorite part is spending time with the students to get to know them better.