We are fortunate at WebAssign to have a strong team of content experts who work to direct the focus of our product so our customers get the best experience possible. Prabha Ramakrishnan is an integral member of this team, focusing on our physics content, and will elaborate further on her impressive experience herself.
Even as I made plans to retire from the Physics Department at North Carolina State University, I knew that I could not completely retire from my involvement in education. I joined WebAssign in July 2008 and have since enjoyed working part time as a Physics Content Expert. This has continued to provide me the necessary intellectual stimulation as well as the interaction with a highly dedicated and enthusiastic team of co-workers which I enjoy. I have crossed over from being a user to becoming part of the WebAssign team.
After a Bachelors and Masters degree in Physics from the University of Madras, India and several years of teaching experience in two and four year colleges also in India, I enrolled in the doctoral program at North Carolina State University. After receiving my PhD in Nuclear Physics, I joined the faculty in the Physics department. As a graduate student I was awarded the Best Graduate Teaching Assistant award and later as faculty was honored to be inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at North Carolina State University.
My career at North Carolina State University had two phases; what I call the pre and post sailing days. In 1991 I resigned from my job, sold our house and all personal belongings to spend the next 5 years living aboard our 37-foot sailboat. My husband and I, accompanied by our black lab, sailed the east coast, the Chesepeake Bay, the Florida Keys and the Bahamas.
Once back on land, we lived in Carteret County and I taught Physics at Carteret Community College. While there, I applied for and received a mini grant from the college so students in my class (all 15 of them!!) could use WebAssign. Little did I know that I would one day work at WebAssign!
While I enjoyed life at the coast, I was very happy to get back to Raleigh and teach at NCSU. This time around, I coordinated the Introductory Engineering Physics courses and was also very involved in working with the TAs in the introductory physics labs. As course coordinator, I created and deployed assignments on WebAssign for multi-section courses, collated and managed lab grades using the WebAssign Gradebook and generally served as the go to person for faculty having any questions regarding using WebAssign.
The wandering lust is still very much in my blood. Now my husband and I along with our 3 cats take one or two extended trips a year in our RV. We recently returned from a wonderful time in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. While on the road I take my laptop with me and continue to fulfill my responsibilities as content provider for WebAssign.
When I am not working, I spend time in my home studio where I create art quilts, knit, bead, as well as weave baskets. There are not enough hours in a day; I am busier now than when I worked full time!