SFSU ENGR Faculty: Dr. Stephanie Claussen, April 2024

By Julianna Enriquez | April 25, 2024

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Dr. Stephanie Claussen, Assistant Professor, Computer/ Electrical Engineering


How has your time as a faculty member at SFSU been?

It's been great! A lot of hard work, but it has been so fun getting to know our students.


Any advice you’d give to students?

  1. Learning is an ACTIVE process. You need to be doing something to learn - taking notes, working on problems, talking with your classmates, arguing with your classmates, making mistakes. If you aren't doing something, you aren't learning.
  2. Learn to study *effectively.* There are better ways to study and worse ways. Learn to study the right way.
  3. The most effective way of learning may not be the way that you "like" to learn. (Learning styles has actually been debugged, by the way - just because you think you're a visual learner or an auditory learner doesn't actually mean that is the best way for you to learn.) Learning isn't meant to be comfortable - it's meant to challenge you and stretch you and grow your neuron connections.
  4. Get some sleep. Our brains do better when we get sleep!


Looking back, how would you describe yourself when you were a college student?

Current: Driven. Lots of interests. Balanced approach to my work and non-work life.

As a college student: Driven. Even more interests. Less balanced approach to my school and non-school life. :-)


What do you do outside work?

Run. Run after my kids. Bike. Read. Listen to podcasts. Being outside. Camping. Hiking.


What dish would you bring to a potluck?

Chocolate chip peanut butter cookies


If you were to be stuck as an animal for the rest of your life what would you be?

A dog, of course!


Any talents or surprising hobbies that might shock people?

I'll be doing a triathlon in about a month - my last one was a decade ago! I also studied Mandarin for 2.5 years during grad school.


If you could choose a dream birthday itinerary what would you do?

Coffee out at a coffee shop with a book. Brunch with my husband, followed by a hike. Movie night with my kids.


Is it better to regret something you have done or have not done?

This is a hard one! I am a little afraid of having regrets in my life, so I try to take opportunities as they come. I guess that means it's better to regret having done something than not having done something.


Have you regretted anything you have/haven’t done in your life?

I have a friend who says, "If you're happy where you are, don't regret how you got there." I'm happy with where I am in work and in life, so I try not to focus on any regrets!