Mr. Michaelis -- Room 103B

Ms. Zertuche -- Room S100

Ms. Castro -- Room 222

If you have any questions, then just visit them during lunch or after school.

  • Learn about the wide variety of fields of engineering and non-engineering careers, and what engineers actually do on the job.
  • Explore how products are designed and evolve from concept to completion.
  • Learn how engineers communicate.
  • Understand and apply design principles
  • Demonstrate the use of principles learned in other academic classes, such as Math and English.
  • Work with students to design products.
  • Gain an understanding of ethical professional behavior.

Academy of Engineering Teacher Profiles


Mr. Michaelis

From:San Jose, California

Hobbies: Running, mountain biking, reading, cooking.

Teaching for: 11 Years

Classes: Chemistry,Placement Chemistry, Introduction to Enginnering Design(10th)

Introduction to Engineering

The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. Students use 3-D solid modeling design software (Autodesk Inventor) to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems and learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.


Ms. Zertuche

From: California

Hobbies: Yoga, hiking, teaching

Classes: Physics Honors, Principles of Engineering

Principles of Engineering (11th)

This survey course of engineering exposes students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, documenting their work and communicating solutions to peers and members of the professional community.


Ms. Castro

From: Philippines

Hobbies: cooking, gardening, music and watching TV

Teaching for: 19 years

Classes: AP Calculus, College & Career, Digital Electronics

Digital Electronics(12th) Standards covered

Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. The major focus of the DE course is to expose students to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards and technical documentation.