Teaching


As an engineering professor, I recognize the importance of learner-centered education. In my teaching, I am aware of student’s identity, motivation, and different cognition styles. I always try to expand the learning environment beyond the class space and time. In addition, I try to develop my skills to properly evaluate and assess students, and myself. Finally, I am constantly responsible for being a role model, providing help, counsel, and guidance to students. My detailed teaching philosophy is available in pdf and some reflections on higher education are available on my blog.

In addition to teaching activities, I am a vice-leader for the Master program Spatial Planning and Transport Engineering.


Courses


Transportation System Planning

Site visit to Tapiola West Metro station, 2016.

What students are saying...

Teacher's enthuasiasm and interactive lectures were a good thing about this course.
Everything (writing and reading of articles, group project, discussions) was really important and interesting.


Course evaluation:
Overall Assessment (Autumn 2015): 4,25


The results of the students' evaluation for this course.
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Traffic Studies and Forecasting

What students are saying...

Forcing the students to think about the subject by asking tough questions without correct answers was a good thing about this course.


Course evaluation:
Overall Assessment (Autumn 2015): 3,50


The results of the students' evaluation for this course.
For more information regarding the course, please visit the following link.

Urban Transport Systems

Site visit to HSL tram depot, 2015.

What students are saying...

I liked that the teacher asked us to remind what we learned in the previous lessons, it helps a lot!.

I really liked the Milos's way of teaching. It was the best-organized course I've ever had in my life. In the beginning I was kind of sceptical but he completely changed my mind and literally pulled me into the course. I liked also the assignment part, in class and also homework.

It was really interesting and it was easy to pay attention! I've to admit that I've never experienced anything like this :).

The site visit was really a highlight, it was very interesting. Some group works during classes; too bad there were so few of them.

Course evaluation:
Overall Assessment (Spring 2015): 3,50

The results of the students' evaluation for this course.


Course evaluation:
Overall Assessment (Spring 2016): 4,50

The results of the students' evaluation for this course.


Introduction to Transportation Engineering

Trip to VTTI, 2013.

What students are saying...


Milos did a very good job teaching this course. I really enjoyed his teaching style which was more interactive and more big picture approach instead of just telling us how to solve problems. If more teachers taught the same way Milos does I would have a much higher GPA and a much better understanding in all of my classes. This is one of the few classes I have taken at Virginia Tech that I feel like I fully understand all of the material presented to me. I am now interested in a potential career in transportation engineering.


Excellent professor. One of the best at VT and he is only a grad student. Knows the material extensively, identifies and immediately works on areas of improvement both individually and as a class. Works hard to ensure we don't just know the material, but understand and are able to apply it. Wants to improve the course material and is very receptive to feedback.


Course evaluation:
Overall Assessment (Spring 2013): 5,00


The results of the course objectives evaluation for this course.
The results of the mid-term students' evaluation for this course.
The results of the final students' evaluation for this course.
The assessment summary for this course.
Peer teaching evaluation for this course.

Guest lectures

24.05.2016 - Parking Planning, Urban Challenge course, Aalto University
17.02.2016 - Collective Transport Planning and Management, Urban Systems course, Aalto University
17.11.2015 - Collective Transport Planning and Operations, Complex Networks group, Aalto University.
30.09.2015 - Travel Modelling and Traffic Forecasting, Possible Cities, Department of Architecture, Aalto University.
20.05.2015 - Traffic Management in the Era of Self-Driving Vehicles, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Transport Engineering.
11.02.2015 - Activity-Based Transport Systems Planning, Urban Systems course, Aalto University.
19.11.2014 - Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation, Traffic Management course, Aalto University.

Training in Education


As a part of my development as an educator, I have obtained Engineering Education (13 credit) and Future Professoriate (9 credit) graduate certificates. These graduate certificates aim to prepare future faculty by exposure to new models and methods of teaching, scholarly work, mentoring, and engagement. In addition, I have developed the following documents throughout the coursework required for these two certificates.


Teaching awards

Departmental Nominee, Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, 2014, Virginia Tech, USA
Via Academic Preparation Teaching Fellowship, 2012, 2013, Virginia Tech, USA

Teaching experience

2016 - SPT-E1020: Transport Systems Planning
2016 - Yhd-71.3270: Urban Transport Systems, Aalto University, Finland
2015 - Yhd-71.3225: Transportation System Planning, Aalto University, Finland
2015 - Yhd-71.3235: Traffic Studies and Forecasting, Aalto University, Finland
2015 - Yhd-71.3270: Urban Transport Systems, Aalto University, Finland
2014 - CEE 3604: Introduction to Transportation Engineering, Virginia Tech, USA
2013 - CEE 3604: Introduction to Transportation Engineering, Virginia Tech, USA
2012 - CEE 3604: Introduction to Transportation Engineering, Virginia Tech, USA
2012 - CEE 4644: Traffic Signal System Operations and Control, Virginia Tech, USA
2011 - CEE 4604: Traffic Engineering, Virginia Tech, USA
2011 - CEE 3604: Introduction to Transportation Engineering, Virginia Tech, USA