Shuo Chen – Teaching Statement Teaching Statement It is a professor’s responsibility to convey knowledge, fundamental theories and basic methodologies to the students. In addition, a good computer systems professor needs to effectively convey the practical relevance of the research problems, and bring passions of research to students. I hope that my students will be proud of solving real-world problems . For this reason, I will emphasize the importance of experimental work in the courses through well- defined course projects that give students comprehensive understanding of the topics in the lectures. The course projects by themselves are strong demonstrations of how the courses fit into the research areas of the students. I am excited in offering a system security course. Security has become a rapidly growing area in recent years. My course covers not only foundational topics (e.g. cryptography, authentication, access control and network protocol), but also real security vulnerabilities, a wide range of attacks and representative defensive techniques that lacks systematic coverage in current security curriculum. I will design projects to allow students to construct security attacks, modify compilers to enhance software security and apply formal method to examine program properties. I believe that my expertise in these areas will make the course unique, exciting and rewarding. System dependability is another course I plan to offer. The course introduces basic dependability concepts as well as the dependability analysis/evaluation methods. The emphasis of the course is to present a system view of dependable systems design and evaluation. Major topics include replication, redundant encoding, error detection, checkpointing, recovery, software fault tolerance and reliability in distributed systems. Potential course projects include fault injection experiments, stochastic modeling for dependability, formal method for safety guarantee and an open design project. Besides the above courses that are tightly related to my research, I am highly qualified to teach courses such as operating systems, networking and the related lab courses, entry-level C programming, data structures and algorithms. I spent four summers interning in industrial research labs. All the research projects were in the areas of operating systems and networking. I have good experiences on the internals of Linux, BSD and Windows, which are valuable in teaching the above mentioned courses. Communication skills are vital components of a successful academic career. Much effort has been spent during my graduate years to make improvements in these aspects. I have given many public presentations in conferences and industrial research labs (see my curricula vitae). In UIUC, I gave a number of lectures in the Computer Systems Seminar at the Center for Reliable and High-Performance Computing. These lectures were highly received by the faculty members in the audience. It is really exciting to become a professor and share with students my expertise and thoughts. My courses will inspire students’ creativity and passion to pursue advance and exciting research in computer systems.
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