Neelam Punjabi

Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Qualification

M.E. (Instrumentation) PREC, Loni, Pune University 2015
B.E. (Biomedical Engineering), TSEC, Mumbai 2009

Experience

Teaching Experience: 10 Years
Research/Industrial Experience: 1 Year
Technical Papers Published: 6

I was born to a teacher, and inspired by my mother’s unconventional techniques, I strive to bring the same passion for innovative ways in my teaching style. After completing my studies, it was a natural choice for me to pursue my passion for teaching. I also knew that this generation of college students has been raised on interactive technology and entertainment-style communication. I have been told by my students that straight lectures or PowerPoint presentations rarely hold their attention. My experiences that involve students and require them to interact as a part of learning are more likely to maintain their interest.

I believe that teaching requires creativity, innovation, passion, intellect, heart and head, love of the subject and empathy towards students. Today’s college students come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring in an equally diverse set of needs. I have learnt to be flexible and supportive of them in order to connect with them. In any subject assigned to me, I always try to bring the classroom to life with real-world examples of innovative technology. I have taught a diverse range of subjects like Hospital Management, Digital Image Processing, Medical Imaging, Biomedical Instrumentation, Principles of Communication Engineering, Analog & Digital Circuit Design, Linear Integrated Circuits, Control Systems, Human Anatomy and Physiology to name a few. I strongly believe that practical knowledge can be gained only after getting hands-on experience and the same can be achieved by designing innovative experiments in laboratories.

In Engineering, a project can be considered as a problem-based learning (PBL) where students need to apply and integrate their knowledge and skills to solve an academic task. It plays a crucial role in the teaching-learning process and is also a way of identifying the ability of the student to perform an industrial project or applied research. Some creative final year projects guided by me include Determination of Respiration rate using Lasers, Preparation and Optimization of Surgical Guides, 3D Modelling Stimulation, Diagnosis of Alzheimer disease using EEG signal, Pupillometer for analysis of visual acuity and early detection of diabetes and GAIT analysis Using Foot Pressure Measurement.

The coordinated effort between the student and the supervisor is essential for getting an excellent result. Publishing a paper actually indicates that one has solved some original problem and has contributed to the field. As the Convener of Biomedical Engineering Students Association Committee, my role is to identify the different skill sets of my student teams and organize extracurricular activities to bring out their talents in technical events.

”One has to be dedicated and a continuous learner in order to be a successful teacher” is an important lesson I have learnt from my mother. I believe in constantly updating my knowledge by attending courses and participating in Faculty Development Programs every semester as my fulfilling journey of teaching and learning continues.