Dr. Pramod Koshy, Academic Mentor, Science

Dr Pramod KoshyDr Pramod Koshy is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Materials Science and Engineering and has taught in the school since 2011 in a voluntary capacity (since researchers are not required to teach). Dr Koshy currently teaches two undergraduate and one postgraduate course (~100 h p.a.). He employs a personalised integrated teaching approach which is structured to facilitate high-levels of interactions and student inclusivity while linking classroom concepts and laboratory activities with practical industrial scenarios. 

The success of Dr Koshy's learning and teaching techniques is evident from his good teaching scores, which are generally the highest in the School with very positive student feedback and a high number of students wishing to work with him. Dr Koshy has over time received the Faculty of Science Award for Teaching Excellence (2014), the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence – Early Career (2015), Australian Citation Award (2017), and the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2019). He is the only research staff to win all four awards at UNSW.  

Dr Koshy's background in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science has allowed him to establish multifarious research interests and partnerships in developing materials for energy, environment, and biomedical applications. In his research group, he supervises ~35 personnel including researchers, postgraduates, undergraduates, and research assistants.  In spite of the relentless long-term struggle to fund his own position, he has obtained funding from the ARC, ACARP, and leading Australian and international organisations which has helped to strengthen and diversify our research credentials and capabilities.

Email [email protected] to enquire if Pramod is available to mentor you. 

Mentoring for

Learning and Teaching

  • student learning
  • learning and teaching curriculum design
  • assessment and feedback
  • formative peer observation of teaching
  • convening a course
  • integrating technologies into learning and teaching
  • evaluation
  • general teaching methods

Learning and Teaching Awards and Promotions

  • development of an application for a faculty learning and teaching award 
  • development of an application for a UNSW Award for Teaching 
  • development of an application for a national learning and teaching award 
  • development of an application for a UNSW promotion


  • development of an application for a research grant
  • feedback on a journal article 
  • feedback on a conference paper 
  • reviewing a journal article 
  • establishing a research profile

Generic Mentoring

  • how to establish and build networks 
  • how to decide on career priorities 
  • supporting critical reflection through listening and asking questions
  • identifying leadership opportunities in learning and teaching
  • research and social engagement

Conditions for mentoring facilitation

  • one-on-one mentoring
  • 3-4 mentees at any stage

Academic level of potential mentees

  • Lecturer A
  • Lecturer B
  • Lecturer C
  • Professional staff


Willing to mentor within my discipline and/or across disciplines.