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Bo Jin Takes Home USC Award for Excellence in Teaching

Second Year Mechanical Engineering PhD Candidate Awarded Coveted Teaching Award by USC Office of the Provost

December 06, 2012 —
From left to right: Dr. Geoffrey Spedding, professor and chairman of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering; Dr. O. Safadi, USC CET faculty fellow and professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering; Bo Jin; Dr. Steven Nutt, director of USC McGill Composites Center, professor and chairman of the Department of Chemical  Engineering and Materials Science.

 Bo Jin, second year mechanical engineering PhD candidate at the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, has won the USC Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Jin is also a teaching assistant fellow at the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching (USC CET), as well as a materials science research assistant at USC Merwyn C.Gill Foundation Composites Center.

USC Executive Vice Provost Michael Quick and USC CET Director Edward Finegan presented the award at a reception held at the new University Club.


The USC Award for Excellence in Teaching is awarded to graduate teaching assistants who exhibit consistent excellence in the classroom and who also make exceptional contributions to the mission statement of the university. It is the highest honor USC bestows upon its teaching assistants.

Jin’s research focuses on computational mechanics on high performance composites, modeling and finite element analysis. Before matriculating at USC, Jin was a research assistant, a teaching assistant and a course lecturer at Rutgers University, where he also received his master of science.

Currently, Jin teaches the following courses: Mechanical Engineering Computational Analysis and Design with Numerical Methods (Advanced MATLAB), Engineering Computing with MATLAB, and Engineering Mechanics Statics.

He previously served as teaching assistant, discussion session teacher, and recitation session teacher for the respective courses: Aircraft Structural Analysis (Aerospace Structures), Computational Solutions to Engineering Problems (Numerical Methods using MATLAB), and Introduction to Computational Methods using MATLAB.

Additionally, Jin serves as the vice president of the USC Chinese Students and Scholars Association (USC CSSA).