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About us

Vision Statement

ET&L is dedicated to the concept that the engineering education endeavor is far more successful when educators and students are equipped and motivated to become active partners in achieving educational goals. We provide all of our services with the goal of supporting educators and students in the College of Engineering in their efforts to establish, strengthen, and sustain these partnerships.

Dr. Ken Yasuhara

DIRECTOR & INSTRUCTIONAL CONSULTANT, 206-221-2976, Engineering Annex 221

Ken Yasuhara joined ET&L in late 2015 as an instructional consultant after several years of experience as an engineering education researcher at the Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT). Having a computer science background, Ken completed his doctoral studies here at UW in Computer Science & Engineering and has been active in the local and national engineering education communities from his graduate student days. His dissertation was education focused and examined the gender gap in undergraduate computer science.

Headshot of Ken Yasuhara

Ken is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD). When he finds the time, he enjoys eating, cooking, supporting his favorite soccer team (very loudly), and bicycling.

Zhitao Yu

Engineering Annex 228

Zhitao Yu is a mechanical engineering Ph.D. student with research focus on robotics and advanced data science. Zhitao has extensive instructor/teaching assistant experience in several majors including mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, and statistics at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He is also involved deeply with research/teaching in computer science & engineering, bioengineering, and electrical engineering. In teaching and learning, he is interested in exploring the intrinsic connection between different majors to foster effective and efficient teaching, learning, and innovation in engineering fields which are highly interdisciplinary.

In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, recreational fishing, cooking, developing interesting software/hardware of robots, and voluntarily providing technical support to some biomedical research.

Headshot of Zhitao Yu

How to find ET&L

ET&L is located on the second floor of the Engineering Annex (EGA), behind the Mechanical Engineering Building. From Stevens Way, follow the driveway between the Mechanical Engineering Building and Loew Hall and take the metal stairs to enter the Engineering Annex at the second floor.

We regret that the second floor of the Engineering Annex, an older building, has only stairway access. Please contact us if you wish to make alternative arrangements. We would be happy to meet you at a more convenient location. 

NOTE: The Engineering Annex's exterior doors are locked at all times. Please make arrangements to have us meet you at the door. 

Engineering Annex location on map of southeast UW Seattle campus