"If I could find a way to get rid of lectures, I
would," says Yosi Shibberu. "When I'm talking, they're not really
That's why Shibberu's math classes are focused
heavily on problem-solving.
school, but wanted to repeat for an easy 'A.'"
That's not what happened, and Evans is glad about
that. "Through his five-chances-to-pass quiz, Dr. Shibberu helped
me see that life isn't about the shortcut."
"He prepared me for everything I would see at
Rose-Hulman and helped me find the fight in myself to make it
through on time," says Evans. Shibberu stands out as a professor
because "he cares and can see more in a student than they
initially see in themselves."
Teaching is definitely in Shibberu's blood. His early
years were spent on the campus of Alemaya University in Ethiopia,
where his father taught for three years. Those memorable
experiences influenced his decision to pursue a career in
Shibberu appreciates that Rose-Hulman is a community
of highly motivated students, faculty, and staff. "I have the
freedom to work on interdisciplinary problems that I find
interesting. I can work on these problems at a pace suitable for my
student and faculty collaborators."
There's just enough lecture to give students some basic
direction, but they're working on problems for as much of the
class time as possible.
This educational approach takes into account the fact
that different students perceive and learn mathematic
concepts differently. As his students work on problems,
Shibberu can interact and answer questions in a way that makes
sense to each individual student. "I'm walking around,
and each student is learning in their own style. It's more
flexible, more one-on-one," he says. "Dr. Shibberu was my
professor for Differential Equations I," recalls
George Evans (ChE, 2008), now an environmental engineer for
ADM Corn Processing. "I had taken the subject in high