I especially enjoy teaching when I get to know the students well and can see them learn. WPI gives me the opportunity to do this in the project system. I love teaching students in the research lab, seeing them learn that things in the real world are much more interesting than the textbook view. I get excited when I see something in the lab that doesn’t make sense. When I have made discoveries that turned out to be important, it was like walking through a room at night with the lights off. After bumping into a lot of furniture (ouch!), one eventually finds the light switch. When students “get” that, this is what making discoveries is about. It is a wonderful thing to witness.