Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Good teaching is vital to the mission of a good university. Knowledge produced by countless researchers would be of little use if it were not communicated effectively to each new generation of students. Every year, the Department of Economics brings on a brilliant group of teaching assistants who are vital to supporting our students and faculty. The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recognizes those who have distinguished themselves.

2019 winner

Farouk Abdul-Salam

Farouk Abdul-Salam is a PhD student in economics at SFU, and a prospective job market candidate for 2019-2020 academic year. He completed his B.A. degree (Statistics and Economics) at the University of Ghana and  M.A. degree(Economics) at University of Mantioba, and then joined the Economics program at SFU in 2015. His research focuses on  time series econometrics, applied econometrics, and experimental economics as applied to  monetary policies. In addition to the Terry Heaps Outstanding Teaching Assistant award, Farouk has received the SFU Presidents PhD Scholarship. Farouk enjoys teaching and engaging students on economic ideas and policies.

2018 co-winners

Thomas Vigié

Thomas Vigié is a PhD student in economics at SFU, having in the fall term of 2014. He is originally from France—in particular, from the Basque country. He did his masters in economic theory, and came to SFU to keep learning about economic science, but he is also interested in statistics used in economics as well. Thomas's research focuses on the statistical tools that are used to quantify impacts of economic policies. He is trying to build tools that deliver more accurate and reliable results in different contexts. Aside from that, his job consists in being a Teacher Assistant, which he thoroughly enjoys.

Yaser Sattari

Yaser Sattari is a PhD student in economics at SFU. He joined the PhD program in fall 2013 after completing a one-year economics MA program at SFU. He is interested in various sub-disciplines of macroeconomics. In his thesis, Yaser has been studying roots of economic growth and development with a focus on firm dynamics in developing countries. In particular, his recent work tries to quantify the effects of policies that misallocate resources across firms in developing countries. In his academic career, Yaser enjoys teaching as much as conducting research and tries to teach students how to think like an economist.

Past winners

2017: Ricardo Meilman Cohn, PhD student, SFU Economics

2016: Peter W. Nelson, Economist, British Columbia Securities Commission

2015: Duman Bahrami-Rad, Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard University

2015: Reza Sattari, Specialist, Housing Finance Policy at CMHC

2014: Aidin Hajikhameneh

2014: Caleb Kwon, PhD student, Northwestern University

2013: Xiao (Christy) Yu

2012: Lucia Chung, Senior Analyst, Bank of Canada

2011: Lucia Chung, Senior Analyst, Bank of Canada

2010: Nick Dadson, Manager, Analysis Group

2010: Leon Cheung, Senior Economist, British Columbia Utilities Commission

2009: Kyle Gray, Director, Interest Rates Derivatives at CIBC World Market

2008: Beijing Mu

2008: Seong Jun Choi, Economics Instructor, Simon Fraser University