Chinichian, Mostafa  

Electrical Engineering

2.32/4.00

116 evaluations


EE 112


Freshman
D
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
1. He has a shaky grasp on English - written and spoken. Very very hard to understand. Someone get this guy to his homeland! 2. He doesn't know what he is talking about in class. This is obvious because he consistently and constantly makes mistakes writing on the board and talking. 3. He doesn't recognize when the entire class has no idea what he's talking about. 4. He doesn't coherently answer questions. AVOID MOSTAFA CHINICIAN AT ALL COSTS


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Aug 1999
He f***** sucks. If it weren't for my tutor, i would have failed. He can't teach at all if his life depended on it. Fire him!!!!


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Sep 1999
Like everyone has already been saying, his accent is very hard to get used to. He makes mistakes that he shouldn't be making and it's worse when the students are the ones to point them out because he's supposed to be teaching us not the other way around! His tests are fair but his final will hit you. If you can, avoid this guy, he's not much of a teacher...


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Jan 2001
His English is not good, but he makes up for it by continually giving examples. He's not a very hard professor. His lectures are pretty easy to follow, and if you don't understand it the first time, don't worry, he's got plenty of examples that he'll do. He takes his time on the materials. I recommend this instructor.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Oct 2001
the best.


Sophomore
D
Required (Major)
Jun 2002
This man probably has the poorest communication skills I've seen on any two-legged mammal. When he talks, you're lucking to make out maybe 3 words in a sentence, and the strange markings he made on the board the first day and later identified as "sin" should have clued me in. The homework he assigned was relatively easy, but on the test he would throw in something that was barely covered in lecture or homework and totally screw you over if you didn't know everything about that one topic. I recommend avoiding this man like the plague.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2002
Chinician was an alright professor for this class. He mumbled and talked quietly but if you payed attention you could understand what he was saying. He is a very easy grader on the homework and his tests aren't too hard.


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Jun 2003
Well, I would have to say that this class/prof. was quite possibly the WORST I have taken at cal poly. I was considering going into CPE or EE but no longer after this. That class was more tourcher than having my toe nails plucked off one at a time. I could understand probably about 1 out of every 10 words that came out of this guys mouth. And that is not exagerated. His writing is nearly as bad. If you take this class, honestly be prepared to learn from the book. His tests, if you want to call them that, where ussually between 3-5 questions long, so you had to know exactly what he asked on the tests or else you were screwed. He did give alot of partial credit on tests, his one redeming quality, but overall I would have to say you are insane if you take this guy, unless of course you want a class in actually interpreting foriegn accents and also learning EE at the same time.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2003
Chinichian was a great teacher. He lectures consist of lots of examples which is the best way to learn this material. His tests and quiz's are also quite easy. I am enrolled to take him again next for EE211. Definitly take him if you can. One of the best teachers at poly.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2005
He's pretty tough to understand, especially at first. I don't know how long he's been in this country, but he still can't make a V sound, and his "Q"s look like "9"s. Other than that, he's a good professor. Short, easy homework turned in once weekly. Short easy quiz taken once weekly. The midterms and final are short, too, but that means you can't screw up very much on any of the problems.


Freshman
C
Required (Major)
Nov 2006
all i can say is wow....... this guy makes so many simple mistakes to the point where it's laughable, which is why you always gotta be careful what you copy down into your notes. damn he's goofy. personally i'd take someone else if there are better options available, but eh, it isn't all that bad if you get stuck with him.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2007
Sit in front because he talks kind of softly and his accent isn't bad at all. He is nice and somewhat helpful in office hours. The homework is really easy and so are the tests, quizzes (1 a week), and final. This class is hard but I recommend this guy.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2007
Professor Chinichian is a good guy to take for the circuit analysis series. I took him, and feel I learned a lot about analyzing circuits. He's pretty laid back and a nice guy; he's also very helpful and eager to help you during his office hours. His tests are pretty straight-forward (he allows you lots of cheat sheet space, too), and if you've done and understand the homework, then you'll do fine on the tests. If he were to teach the class just off his own lectures, I'm not too sure I would've come out of the class understanding a whole lot. But the textbook is very well-written with good examples. His lectures seem to compliment the text. So make sure you immerse yourself in the text, do the problems, pay attention in lecture, and you'll do fine.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2008
this guys lecture blow...his accent made it hard to follow sometimes and he doesnt explain things clearly when someone asks a question. however i did well on his midterms because he allows u to bring a "cheat sheet" which we can use it during the test. so overall he wasnt too bad


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2008
He is a good guy. He lets you use calculators on midterms and bring a cheat sheet. The midterm he gives four problems and you choose three of them. Homework was graded which kinda sucked, and there was a quiz every week. Overall I think he is one of the better EE teachers. Would take him again.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Feb 2009
So this guys rating doesn't reflect what sort of teacher he is. He's probably the nicest teacher I've had yet and his office hours are extremely helpful. He sits down with you and works out the problem in front of you. Sure, he has a strong accent("woltage" and "ohm style"), but you get over it and you realize how good of a teacher he really is. Take him, because he really cares about you and makes sure you understand what he went over in lecture every time you have a question.


Freshman
C
Required (Major)
Jun 2013
Completely unintelligible and inaudible. His examples are useless and he has never answered a question because he doesn't seem to understand any student questions. His tests are arbitrarily hard.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2014
Yeah he talks really quiet, so just get there early and try to sit in the front. He does a ton of examples, and the tests are super short (the midterms and final were all just 3 questions) and similar to what he does in class, so just study his examples. The homework is usually only a few problems a week, so it never takes much time.

EE 201


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Nov 2004
Chinichian is the world's nicest guy. He is a little difficult to understand because of a thick accent, but he makes up for it in other ways. The course was very easy, and I would love to take Chinichian again.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2004
Prof. Chinichian is not a bad professor, he is just hard to understand. His accent takes a little while to get around. He also messes up on his examples in class a lot so you have to stay on your toes and correct him. His grading scale is fair, composed of 8 quizzes (lowest score excluded), 2 midterms, and the final. He does throw in a tricky question on his tests so makes sure you study everything mentioned in class. Take Perks for EE 201.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2004
his tests/quizzes were easy. So easy that it made me mad how I over-prepared for them. I dont know if Perks tests were any harder, but damn those tests were easy. If you got a good grade in phys 133, you can cruise through this class. I actually learned most of the material in the lab part. Basically this class is an easy A with cheech.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Aug 2005
He mumbles A LOT. Basically I didn't even bother listening to his lectures at all. I taught myself everything from the book. If you go to the lecture, just write down what you need to study from the book. I prefer to learn from the book anyway, so this was good for me. If you need proper instruction from a teacher, be prepared to decipher his mumbling. He knows his stuff and his tests and quizes are easy if you do the homework. One good tip is to pay attention to the example problems his does before the tests, they do help prepare you before he hands out the tests.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Sep 2006
Although this guy has a heavy accent and isn't the best teacher, he is a nice and friendly guy. His quizzes, midterms, and final are all pretty easy. You'll have to sit near the front of class and pay attention to his lectures to do well. Chinichian doesn't follow the textbook that closely (the textbook was more confusing than he was.) I didn't learn much at all and still got an A. If you're not planning on doing much with electrcity/electronics, this guy is pretty good.


Senior
B
Required (Support)
Nov 2006
Goofy bastard sounds about right.


Junior
F
Required (Major)
Jun 2007
hard to understand, but if u go to office hours you will get cleared up. I had just given up in this class becuase of other classes


Senior
C
Required (Support)
Dec 2007
Let me preface this by saying that this is the first poly rating I have ever given in 4 years of going here, and this teacher compelled me to write something! Mostafa Chinchilla is BY FAR THE WORST TEACHER I HAVE EVER HAD in any level of my education! He mumbles, talks while facing the board, and avoids answering any questions asked in class. This is all on top of the fact that he has an accent that is tough to get past. It reached the point at the end of the quarter that it was pointless to go to lecture because I would be less confused by reading the book. Try to avoid him, but since the EE department is clueless, he teaches all the sections of 201... good luck.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Feb 2008
Mostafa Chinichian (aka Shenanigans or Mufasa)is one of the worst professors I've had at Cal Poly. It is a pretty much learn-by-yourself course with the exception of some simple circuit theory you'll probably remember from physics. His quizzes are easy...they are open note and identical copies of the hw problems or class examples. His midterms and final are really hard and usually have a pretty big curve because most people don't really know what they're doing. Study groups definitely help in the class, so you can check what you are learning by yourself with others. I had him at 7 am which didn't make things any better. He doesn't understand student questions very well...you'll ask and re-ask in like 10 different ways before finally giving up on asking the question because asking it is hopeless. He makes a lot of mistakes on the board that students find and have to correct. One of the worst things is that he doesn't speak up very well, has a decent accent, mumbles more than anything, and talks directly to the chalk board. It's as if he is talking through problems he does between himself and the board and the class doesn't even exist. He is good in that he provides a lot of examples and not so much theory. You can also go to various sections regardless of which one you are enrolled in. His class sets you up with a poor circuits background, especially for 321, unless you happen to take him again. Overall, this guy just doesn't have the teaching element in him. Take Perks!!!


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2008
I thought Chinichian was a decent professor. His quizzes are all straight from the homework problems. His midterms have problems similar to the homework. This class is not difficult and if you do a fair amount of studying I can't see why you wouldn't be able to earn an A. WOLTAGE.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2009
Quite possibly the nicest teachers I have had so far. I mean, don't even attempt to ask a question or understand the theoretical parts of his lecture, they just don't make any sense. It is very helpful, though, that he does so many examples. The tests are straight from homework or notes and all open note or with a cheat sheet. He talks like everything is so simple, and it's hard to describe...as if he doesn't care at all and is about to fall asleep. I'm rambling, but the point is, take Mostafa and you will not be sorry.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2010
This guy is the best guy. Dont take some other guy. hahahaaa. Well to be serious he basically teaches you everything you need to know but only tests you on the basic or what you will remember in 10 years. He wont test you on the silly special cases because no one is going to remember 10 years from now anyways. Plus he basically gives you your grade based on if you tried or not. All his tests problems are from the hw. So if you take the time to do them you\'ll be fine. You get a cheat sheet too so you can copy down all the homework problems and understand how to do them and you\'ll get an easy A. If you dont copy it down it still wont be hard to figure out because his test consists of find equivalent resistance, do some easy mesh current, some nodal analysis, adding phasors, and etc. Well good luck!


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2012
Honestly, from reading all the evaluations for Chinichian really had me scared. There were two testes and one finals. The homework never counted toward your grade but the test problems were pretty much exactly from the homework or from the notes that he gave in class. His final was a bit more tricky so know the concepts well and plus this final isn't on everything from the class. He is a bit hard to understand with his accent, but otherwise he is extremely helpful during office hours.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2013
Completely incompetent and incomprehensible. I once asked him about superconductors and he said "haha. What's that?" I asked how inductors work and he replied "I just told you. They are inductors." Anticipate that he won't understand a single question you ask. Quizzes are straight from the book and open note. He gives you the book solutions online. See where I'm going with this? One of the worst classes I've taken at Poly.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Feb 2014
If you're anything but EE, take this dude. No you won't learn too much. Don't take notes till he does examples. Don't take notes till he does examples. Theyre really pointless. But wait, hear me out. The quizzes? Straight off the homework. The tests? straight off the homework, with 1 question thats a little different. I failed my first midterm in 321 and he said oh its okay youre a good student, the class is a free B. You want to learn about circuits and shit with a hard professor? The hell is wrong with you, no you dont! Take this dude.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Jun 2015
Your grade from this class is based on 6 quizes, two midterms and a final. Homework isn't collected. Dr. Chinichian is an interesting professor. Pros: He only teaches you the material you need to know and doesn't make it unnecessarily difficult for the hell of it like many professors at Cal Poly, the class format is very relaxed without busy work, and the testing is relatively easy. Cons: He can't answer a question to save his life (but if you actually listen to him, you won't really find yourself needing to ask many questions), he has a difficult accent to understand at times, and doesn't have the neatest handwriting. Many students come to class the first day and get put off accent and handwriting and arrogantly assume he can't teach whatsoever, then stop coming to class, get bad grades on tests, and complain. In reality he teaches you exactly what you need to know if you just listen to him. There were so many engineers in this class that would zone off, get confused because they weren't listening, assume it was Chinichian's fault, then be very rude to him during the class period and ask questions that were painfully obvious if you listened to the lecture. He really can teach well if you give him the chance, he just can't answer questions well. I passed this class without ever doing homework simply by listening carefully during lecture. IF YOU DO POORLY IN THIS CLASS, IT IS ABSOLUTELY YOUR OWN FAULT. Chinichian is honestly better than most.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2015
Chinichian is a wonderful guy. He is always jolly and excited about learning. However, he has a thick accent that can sometimes get in the way of understanding the material he is presenting. In lecture, he tends to get absorbed in his examples on the board, ignoring both student questions and most of the theory from the textbook. Luckily, his office hours are extremely informative. Easy A in this class if you are the type of student who can learn on your own, or in office hours, but if you need lecture, try to take someone else. Quizzes and midterms are generally taken right from the homework, sometimes he doesn't even change the numbers.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Jun 2016
He doesn't speak human


Senior
C
Required (Support)
Nov 2016
He's okay. I like how he teaches the class through examples, so you can just come to class, copy his examples, and go home to figure out how he did it. however, his handwriting is a mess. a lot of times I get his 2s confused with L (important for Rl) and he writes his units weird. He also makes a lot of mistakes on example problems because he just copies off the solution manual. Overall stressful. His tests have low point value (8 quizzes, 2 midterms, and a final), and he takes off points generously. I got 2 points marked off for missing a negative sign and the test of out of 18. Seems like he checks to see if you have the right answer, because If you do, he'll give you full credit. He's also not very good at answering questions, they usually fly over his head. Overall it's a high stress class because you'll be left confused 75% of the time. However, he's a cool guy, he just doesn't really perform well. The class is curved at the end, So you'll get a letter grade above your current one.


Senior
C
Required (Support)
Dec 2016
The grades are in. I ended up with a C in the class. I got a 60% and 50% on the two midterms so who knows how well i did on the final. This class was stressful. He just does problems on the board and reads off the solution manual. He doesn't really teach, just tells you what to do given a circuit. If you decide to take him, don't expect him to teach you, youll just have to figure everything out yourself via textbook. The only thing i liked about this class was how excited he sounded at the beginning of each class. "Good morning guys! Good Morning!"


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2016
I personally liked chinichian as a professor. Yes he's quiet and he does have some problems understanding some student's questions but his class is very easy. Weekly quizzes which are open notes, two midterms where he lets you bring in a page of notes, and a final. If you study the basic concepts and make a good note sheet for the midterms and final you should be fine. The class is also curved. Go to class and put in the work, if you don't do well, its your own fault.


Junior
N/A
Required (Support)
Jun 2017
I've read the past ratings, believing I'd be fine if I worked hard. The only reason there's good ratings of Chinichian is because students that took this class are expecting to fail and just banking on the curve. Yes, he may give easy problems sometimes, but if you come out not even knowing how to solve the easy problems that tells you how much you'll have learned by the end of 10 weeks and what kind of professor he is. He has trouble communicating with the class. For starters, the entire class has trouble understanding him because of his very thick accent. One would think if they can't understand what he's saying one can at least rely on the notes... but no. Even the notes on the board are illegible and he assumes you know what they are, so when you ask him a question to clarify what he wrote on the board, he already has difficulty and a loose grasp so his answers aren't very helpful. They turn out being a repetition of mispronounced words. The accent is thick but what really caused me trouble in this class is his assumption that everyone understands what he is talking about when he failed to provide further explanations. There was one particular scenario that exemplified his course this quarter. When we got to phasors, (one of the harder if not hardest topics in the course) he solved the problems by writing the numbers on the board according to whats exactly written on his personal notes. He always makes the jump from the variable equation to the answer, which is normally fine except there is some weird math involved in getting the answer for these problems, which involve using calculations with a special calculator, which he never told us about or showed how to use. And when asked several times how to do it with our calculator, the answer he had was "oh that's because you can't do it with the TI-83 or TI-84." When asked to do it with the type of calculator that was obviously most of the class owned he showed us, but no one got the same answer as him. When asked again how he got the answer when everyone else in the class got an answer different from his, he refused to take the time to stop to clarify or explain how to do the problem, and then proceeded to move on only to teach about a similar phasor problem that required the exact same type of calculation. The entire class was left confused and disgruntled. I felt I was not learning in this class rather I was fastidiously copying diagrams and numbers directly from the board that would mean nothing to mean when I looked back to study and practice through homework problems later in the day. He showed no effort or concern over the fact that most of the class didn't understand the material and consequently were failing the course. I actually really like circuits. Since I love to work with electronics I was actually looking forward to learning the theory but I ended up hating this course not for the difficulty of the material but the ineffectiveness of the professor to convey the material and lack of concern for his students to understand the material as well.

EE 211


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
You can't read anything he puts on the board. His accent is thick enough to be a communication problem. Grades easy because you don't learn anything.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
The biggest challenge at first is adjusting to his accent, but that is part of living in a global society. Material delivered fairly clearly but some difficulty came up in student questions. Basic grading on a curve was satisfactory. I also had him for EE241 lab. The guy is very friendly and seems to enjoy teaching.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
Mostafa is known to be easy, but he's not. He'll lure you into thinking that the tests will be like the homework. But he'll slam you on the final. Accent isn't that big of a problem. Just never be afraid to ask in class because the other 29 students didn't hear him either. Office hours can be helpful. Sure, he makes mistakes. He's human afterall and bad karma to those students who go to class and mearly copy notes and believe in them as if they were the bible. Mostafa specializes in communications but he's stuck teaching introductory courses that are difficult for the smartest students to grasp. This is no longer high school. When he runs low in time during the last week of the quarter, he'll throw stuff at you. They're fair game on the final b/c as college students we should study beyond the scope of lecture. He's extremely easy in lab, which can be a bad thing because I really don't know what went on in EE341, a rather important lab because future classes contantly refer back to experiments done in there. A down to earth guy who's just waiting to give you that A you can earn.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Nov 1999
Mostafa is clearly the best instructor at this school. He not only recognizes the hardships of the student but will always give the students the benefit of the doubt. He is any 'C' student's best chance of getting an 'A'.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2001
Chinichian mumbles a lot in lecture, his handwriting sucks, makes a ton of retarded mistakes on the board, and speaks with a thick accent. If you have the patience to sit there for the whole hour and try hard to pay attention, you will probably get most of the stuff. Otherwise, you will have to do you reading at home. He grades pretty easy, giving a spectacular amount of partial credit on tests. Overall, the easist teacher you can get for a pretty tough course.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2002
Simple, helpful, all around great guy.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Jun 2002
Wow this guy has to be one of the weirdest teachers that I have ever met. Besides the fact that he is incredibly smart Mustafa CAN NOT teach a damn thing. His lectures are pointless to go to you will not learn a thing its better to read the book. A benefit to his non teaching ability is that the tests are very easy and his grading was also very lenient. He is however very helpful in his office and is an extremely nice guy. I would recommend that you take him but don


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Sep 2003
Mostafa is the man! He is a great teacher. The lectures consist of tons of examples which are extremely helpful, and the way the course should be taught. His tests are pretty easy if you know the material. He is a cool guy and will laugh and joke around with the class occasionally too. Take Mostofa if you can, hes the best EE teacher at poly.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2003
I like to use this website to post funny stories about sad professors. Back in 211 Cheechman gives a question on midterm one straight from the friggin Sadiku book. It looks really simple, but it has a bait for a rookie mistake. Since its an odd problem in the book, anyone who did the problem for practice or was quick on their toes solved the problem correctly. The other half of the class along with Cheechman make the rookie mistake. Since Cheechman grades full points for correct final answer, half points for some work shown with wrong answer - he doesnt even pick up on his mistake grading two sections worth of midterms. After someone was kind enough to point Mostafas mistake, half the class got their points back - and the other half a bonus 10% on the midterm. Get the point?


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2004
"Cheechman" is actually a good guy. Once you get used to his accent (and tell him to speak up a little), the class is both interesting and helpful. His lectures are well-structured, something that I've always found important, and he gives lots of examples and adequate (yet not overkill) homework assignments. The quizzes (open-note/book) and tests are fair and do-able, just make sure you've done your problems and paid attention. I also had him for lab, in which he was very helpful and pretty laid-back. You get a week to do the formal write-ups, and he goes over the answers to the pre-labs before you start so you have a good idea of what you're doing. Overall, definitely a decent prof.


Sophomore
D
Required (Major)
Jan 2005
I could not hear this guy half the time when he was mumbling to himself at the board, and when he did turn around his accent was so thick I still couldn't really get what he was saying. His handwriting and organization was haphazard at best, and he made quite a few mistakes on the board. However, his quizzes are real easy open book and open notes and you get to take a massive review sheet to each midterm. One thing to note: he gets some questions for his tests from the homework he assigns, so go over those in prep for a midterm, which is something that I failed to do.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2005
The person posting below must be a real dumbass. This EE class was cake, you didn't even need to show up to the lectures and you could easily get an A on all the tests and quizzes.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2005
SIT AT THE FRONT OF THE CLASS!!! He mumbles most of the times, unless someone in the class is brave enough to tell him to speak up every 5 minutes... He does a few things differently from the book, so at times it can be confusing. I hear he's one of the best EE teachers for 112 and 211 though, just because everyone else has an accent. Chinichian is fairly easy if your willing to put some effort. His tests are usually about 3 to 5 problems long and are basically homework problems in disguise. He has a weekly quiz which is 1 to 2 questions, also homework problems in disguise. He gives FULL CREDIT ON ALL HOMEWORK as long as you show SOME work...you don't even have to have the right answer. This saved my butt! He's a very laid back professor. Watch out, he makes mistakes on the chalk board ALL THE TIME and skips many many steps... just ask him to clarify and he will. Don't be shy to ask him questions or ask him to clarify!!!


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2005
This guy's easy. Very laid back atmosphere, his lectures are almost entirely examples, which is helpful for the homework and tests. Highly reccommend.


Junior
C
Required (Support)
Apr 2006
nicest person ever.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2007
LOL WOLTAGE DIVIDER

EE 212


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
The accent took a while to get used to. Tests were fairly easy and straight from the lecture notes. He is a funny guy but watch out when he laughs!


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Mar 2000
Dr. Chinichian is very nice, and does his best to be helpful, but he very often has difficulty getting his point across both in lecture and in answering questions in class. He is an extremely easy grader, but you will probably have to learn much of the course material yourself from the textbook.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Oct 2001
Dr. Chinichian is the nicest guy in the world. He does have a bit of an accent, but he is very helpful in office hours. He is also a fair grader. He cares about his students.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2002
He is a very nice person, also very helpful in the office. He gets a little lazy in class sometimes, but besides that HE'S THE BEST


Junior
D
Required (Major)
Apr 2002
Chinichian's teaching methods do not encourage students to put much effort into his class. His lecture is very dull. All of the midterms and tests are basically renumbered ones from the previous quarter, and none of the homework assignments change. He assigns homework once a week and does not grade it very strictly at all, which later amounts to you doing it the night before and not really caring much at all about it. I found myself spending a lot of time learning from the book. He seems lazy when it comes to the material, but he's a very nice guy and very helpful in office hours.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2002
I had Chinichian for EE112, 212, 242, 219 and he was HORRIBLE IN ALL OF THEM. Avoid him at all costs. I ended up having to teach myself everything in every class. Avoid him at all costs. His cannot communicate the material, cannot answer questions and cannot correct mistakes. Avoid him at all costs. As he and Harris (who also sucks) were the only EE professors I had for my fresh and soph years (I'm a graduating senior now) that all EE professors sucked as bad as them; fortunately this is not true, every other professor I've had has been much better. Avoid him at all costs.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Sep 2002
Chinich is tight. He's a cool, down to earth guy, very laid back. if you have any problems, he's there to help, and trust me.... i needed it. His tests aren't that bad, and if you go to class and pay attention, you wont do bad on quizzes because it's open everything.(book, notes)Take him if you can!!!!!


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Oct 2002
Chinichian is very helpful. I learned alot in his circuits course. He does have a little accent, but most EE professors do. He's very nice, and He is a fair grader.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2003
Chinician is top of the line for Electrical Circuits especially for EE 212. Great instructor and Easy A.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2003
Take this guy...he's the shizzle fo' rizzle! HE'S ALSO AN AWESOME LAB INSTRUCTOR! If you are stuck on a circuit, he will set it up for you. The one thing I didn't like about him was the fact that he would mumble into the board, almost like a cartoon character in a drunken stupor! But, if you try, chances are that you will get an A in the class.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2003
You better have a very good idea of what is going on in the class if you don't go and see this guy for help and have him explain what he lectured. If you just go on his lectures you might get frustrated at the numerous times that he makes mistakes on problems he shows you on the board. Students have been known to correct him numerous number of times. Don't be surprised if none of the stuff he writes makes any sense. He expects you to know the material and will skip many steps and also leave out solutions for you to find. Don't expect to have him answer all your questions in class because he might not know them. As for being a lenient grader, he does give you a lot of credit for practically nothing. But that doesn't mean he will give you a lot of points for just straight junk. He writes lightly, so unless you have keen vision, don't sit in the back of the room. He's usually helpful during office hours, but will not really help you if it isn't. And if you have trouble with understanding accents, get a translator. He is a horrible lecturer and you can learn more by not going to class. Go see him during his office hours if your uncertain of how to do the problems. That would actually help you more than sitting through the whole semester in the classroom.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2006
This guy rocks!!! That should sum it up. really laid back, helpful at office hours, what more do u want... weekly quizes are open book and notes and should be a breeze... take him for lab too.. he makes it fun and makes you feel open to asking him questions... Tests arent bad but i was too busy with CPE 357!! so i didnt get an A otherwise it should have been a problem.. Take him if possible... hes the funnest EE teacher i have ever had...


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2006
He goes over the important stuff and skipped the silly formalities. His weekly quizzes and tests are a lot like (if not identical) to the homework, BUT...every once in a while (probably for one or two questions on the two midterms, and for one or two of the quizzes) he'll catch you off guard with a question that's kind of crazy or at least seems so. If you do the homework and keep up you should be fine.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2007
I had Chinichian for both 211 and 212 (the latter because he was the only one teaching the course this quarter). For the most part, he's a very chill and laid-back prof. His lectures are based almost entirely off examples, which is a good thing if you easily learn that way. There's 2 midterms (40% of your grade), a final (30%), weekly quizzes (15%, lowest one dropped), homework collected every week (15%). Quizzes are pretty much like the homework, and I found the tests to be a bit easier than the homework. Also beware of what you write down on tests and homework, because chances are, his answer key might be wrong. This ended up happening to me on a couple occasions, as for instance on the first midterm, there were people who got the last problem incorrect (but did it correctly), but after someone was kind enough to point out his mistake, those who went to his office hours and got it checked got their points back. If it wasn't for the really smart students correcting him I think I would have done some problems completely wrong for the entire quarter. Also sit in front of the class or else you won't be able to hear him. He isn't evil or anything, just a really goofy guy who makes mistakes almost as much as the crappy textbook does, but I'd take him again for any future classes. Oh yeah, and be prepared to be introduced to some new vocabulary, including "woltage" (voltage), "ecch" (H), etc. Also on his syllabus note the phrase "There are not make up tests also!." I could only imagine him saying that out loud.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Apr 2007
Chinichian is average. He's not the easiest fellow to understand, but you get used to it. The more dangerous part is his bad habit of dropping terms out of equations when moving between steps. I can't quite count the number of times someone in class corrected him. The homework is as expected, but graded easily. The tests were pretty easy, the quizzes were open book. Good teacher to take if you do the majority of your learning from the text.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
May 2011
He is, without a doubt, the worst professor i have taken. It is really difficult to understand what he says during lecture, not necessarily because of his accent but more because he wont go over anything conceptually. He will do problems which are not even in the textbook as far homework problems, do mistakes while in lecture, and have them on the test. Test and Quiz problems come out of no where and are usually covering subjects which were the least covered in class.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2015
It is very hard to understand Chinichian. His accent and poor grammar are incomprehensible. Besides his poor English, he is still hard to learn from. His lectures are disorganized and it is hard to understand where he is going with things. He doesn't really ever say where he is going but just starts writing things on the board without fully describing where they came from. I should have known better to wait to take this class on quarter so I would not be stuck with a terrible professor. He frequently makes mistakes that confuse the class and him. When he makes a mistake, it takes a long time for him to find it and a long time for him to correct it. When a student asks a simple, clear question he has a hard time realizing what they mean. He usually explains something that the student wasn't even asking about. When he does answer a question, he explains it the exact same way he did the first time. Usually students just pretend to they understand his explanation to the question just so the class can move on. The only reason to come to class is for the examples, which are closely related to the test questions. Similarly, the only reason to go to office hours is to get points back on tests, which he seems to assign arbitrarily. I will avoid Chinichian in the future.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
Chinichian is soft spoken. Make sure to sit in the front. A lot of people dislike him and make fun of how he talks, but I can see past that. He makes a lot of mistakes so make sure you're on top of your game. Correcting him will only help you learn more. Homework is assigned for a week, about 7 problems. There are quizzes that are open book/open notes but are only 10 minutes long, so make sure you practice problems ahead of time. Midterms were rough but some are exactly like homework problems, so it's obvious points. I still crack up about how he kicks the chalk when it breaks.

EE 213


Senior
A
Required (Major)
May 2003
his daughter is fine

CPE 219


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
I agree with the first evaluation. While sometimes the lectures may become confusing, he is more than happy to help out durng his office hours. He is also very fair on his test grades.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Apr 2000
Oh, don't get me started...yes, he has an accent, but so does half the Engineering Department's professors. The man relies on his notes and is useless otherwise, asking him to explain something further is pointless, because he will just ramble. Tests (Midterms) are cake--of the four midterms between the two classes i had with him i never had below an A, but the final will kill everyone. Its nothing like what he teaches in class and not similar in any way to his midterms. You will learn nothing and if you expect to do well the next class level up, youre in for a surprise. Overall i highly recomend ANY other teacher. Should not be given the label "teacher"


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Jun 2000
the accent wasnt a big deal...i've had worse professors...i think he takes the students to heart...very nice guy...he allowed us a "cheat sheet" for both midterms and the final and he's a fair grader...compared to a grad student who taught the same material chinichian is cake.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Sep 2001
Chinichian was very helpful me by answering any questions I had during office hours. He would go through the material step by step. This helped tremendously in learning the class material.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Nov 2001
Horrible teacher. Impossible to understand and he doesn't teach the information well. I learn everything from lab and from studying with other studnets. Try to get a different teacher,iIf you do get him make sure you find some of his past tests. They are almost identical. Good luck.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2001
This guy sucks, the course material is pretty easy but the way he teaches it is terrible. The way he solves problems is not the same as in the sorry ass textbook by Sandige. His accent is hard to get over and the way he uses the the phrase "this guy" in every sentence is really annoying.


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Feb 2002
When you mention Dr. Chinichian to anyone who has taken him you are sure to get a snicker. The guy is horrible for CPE 219. He makes mistakes on the board and mumbles his lectures. I dont have any idea where he gets his final grades from as like everthying about him its quite aribitrary. Other than that he seems like a nice laid back guy. I dont recommend him for 219 though I heard he is ok for EE211 and EE212.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Sep 2002
There are only two teachers that teaches this course, Yu, and my buddy Mostafa. Whatever you don't get in the lecture he explains himself really clear in office hours. Homework is collected once a week. Sometimes it doesn't seem like it matters if you get all the answers right or not, he'll give you full credit, of all the homeworks i only got marked down for one problem and i'm pretty sure i had more than one problem wrong. He gives pop quizzes which aren't too hard. His midterms are usually about 4-5 problems long, those again aren't too hard. For midterms though it's important to study your notes carefully, unlike quizzes you can't just rely on your homework. Quizzes are open note, open book, midterms, you get a cheat sheet. Final is cumulative, 5 problems, again not too hard. This guy curves the midterms too. First midterm i got a 16.5 out of 25, which sucks, but he drops your lowest problem ( i don't know if he does this for every quarter but i ended up getting a B for that midterm). He also curved the second midterm as well. Homeworks are 15% of your grade, quizzes are 10%, midterm1 is 25%, midterm2 is 25% and the final is 25%. This guy makes some mistakes from time to time but I still think he's a decent teacher. He's a funny guy. MEAANNNTERRMS!! You'll get what I'm saying when you take him. Overall, good teacher for this course. Not too hard, and you'll learn. Trust me, i'm a slooow learner.


Freshman
F
Required (Support)
Jan 2003
Chinichian is really hard to understand in class. I must admit I didn't attend past week 5, but he was one of the hardest people to get what they're talking about. He tends to use "this guy" and "that guy" a lot so you get lost even if you can understand his mumblings. If you have a choice, take Sandige or El-Soussi, but he's still better than Yu.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
May 2003
Okay, here's the lowdown on Chinichian... If you're a CSC major, who has never dealt with circuits...probably not your best bet. He doesn't explain things as clearly as he could, and CPE/EE majors have a prereq before this course to help them prepare for 219 (or so I've heard). He is by no means a bad professor, though. Also, if you have have a bad time with accents, then Chinichian isn't for you. On the other hand, he is a very good grader in that he'll give you half credit for a wrong answer. Also, he wants to help his students and if you go to office hours, he will spend as much time as needed to help you. And, if you make an improvement, he'll notice. I failed my first midterm, went to office hours for help and really kicked it up a gear, and did better on my next midterm and final - & got a B overall. So, he has his flaws and his perks. I think the CPE/EE majors will enjoy him more than the CSC ones, but that's my opinon. Either way, good luck!

EE 219


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
Most of the notes in class are worthless because he assumes that everybody knows the material and he skips a TON of steps in class. He is a very poor professor and makes a lot of mistakes in class. Even though his tests are fair and the homework he assigns is easy, he wouldn't be able to teach if his life depended on it.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
Out of all the teachers I have ever had, this teacher has been the worst. Although he is very easy and tests are fair, he simply cannot teach. His accent is strong which makes it even harder. Do yourself a favor and DON"T TAKE THIS PROFESSOR! He sucks--probably got his teaching degree in a cracker jack box, always making mistake in class and correcting himself.


Sophomore
F
Required (Support)
Oct 1999
He cannot speak english well, first of all. Also what you here is muffled and under his breath. He makes many mistakes, there were a number of times when the students corrected him. If your gonna make it in his class, you need to focus on the notes you take. Which means you have to be there every class.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Dec 1999
Chinichian has a very hard time communicating the subject matter at all. The only reason I did well is because CSC 219 is very logical and I had a helpful lab instructor. I must warn you against taking him for any class in which it is imperative for you to know the subject being taught.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Apr 2000
I basically am just going to confirm what most other students have been saying about this guy. He can't explain things unless you drive him into a corner and repeatly ask the same question. Your best bet is to ask him lots and lots of yes/no questions. His midterms deceive you into thinking that his final is just as easy. He is one professor that makes me regret being an EE here at Cal Poly. Just avoid him like the plague.

EE 228


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2004
Good teacher overall... pay attention to his lectures and the examples he puts up. Also, look at previous midterms/tests for some indication on what to expect =P Not the best... but theres a shit load of worst EE teachers than him


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2013
DO NOT TAKE FOR LECTURE, he doesn't seem to care to teach. He copies directly from his notes and when asked to explain, jokes and says "he doesn't know" or "easy" and fails to explain, handwriting is messy and hard to follow. by the time you figure it out, he moves on, might be better in office hours

EE 241


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2006
He's a little bit hard to understand but otherwise this guy is the man. "Cheechman" is the best lab instructor I've had at Poly so far. I am taking him again next quarter as well. To put it simply, Cheechman rocks.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Jun 2007
This guy is the man for lab. If you can't get your circuit to work, he'll tear it apart and redo it for you (even if it was set up correctly.) I found that somewhat annoying because that made it seem like we had nothing correct in the first place, and he doesn't even consider what you have done. He'll answer all of your questions. Very friendly, too. Every week you just handed in this week's prelab and the last week's lab report, he discussed it for a few minutes, and you would go straight to the experiment, and leave when you're finished. There was a 3-question lab final, each question with 2-4 parts. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't hard at all. Take him for lab anyways.. they fill up fast. Although if you can't get him, it's not much of a loss.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2008
I took 241 lab with him a few quarters back and He is the man. Pick him over pretty much anybody for lab, particularly arakaki. He is probably the easiest grader. I'm actually convinced that he doesn't really read the lab reports just so long as you turn them in you'll get at least a B. I've only been marked off once because I spelled his name wrong.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2011
The first thing you'll notice about Chinichian is that his way of speaking isn't the easiest to understand. The accent isn't a big deal in my opinion, but he slurs his words and doesn't enunciate too much. When he explains stuff during lab, it can sometimes be challenging to know what he says. That aside, he'll help you to complete every lab, and skips the bullshit sections if there are any (he didn't design the lab experiments). For our class, he was an easy grader for lab reports, as well as prelabs. In fact, he gave us the answers for the prelabs. The lab final is pretty straight forward and has questions similar to the prelabs. Overall, if you don't want a hard time in EE241, take him.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Apr 2015
Mostafa is pretty average when it comes to professors. I had him for the lab portion of EE211 and I don't think I really learned anything? When you ask for help he'll just come over and fix the circuit and then it works so that's nice but I still didn't know how to do it. The prelabs were a joke because he would send us the answers beforehand. The lab reports we almost always got a 10 even if we left stuff off (although that may have been the grader not him). The final, however, came way out of nowhere. He said it would be like the prelabs and it had stuff on there that we had only done lectures not lab. Also, he has a brutal curve where some kids got 96% in the class and still got a B. In general I'm pretty meh about his class.

EE 242


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2003
I had him for lab. He wasn't difficult and didn't require us to do every little thing in the lab book, but he wasn't spectacular either. My lab partner and I both knew our stuff pretty well, so when we came across a problem we couldn't solve, there likely wasn't an easy fix. Chinichian always assumed we didn't know what we were talking about and would repeatedly attempt to fix a problem we didn't have. Once he re-built our circuit twice before he would accept that our resistor was FUBAR. All in all, a pretty average instructor, but that wouldn't stop me from taking him again.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2004
Chinichian is the best! He spends 5 minutes explaining the lab and that would be that. When you got stuck (which happened a lot to me...) he was great and helped you out of it fast. His final didn't really make sense to me, don't think it had anything to do with the labs. But it would've been an easy final if you had remembered all your EE up to that point. Good efficient teacher, definitely recommended!


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Sep 2008
Do anything possible to take this professor over Dean Arakaki. Your life will improve drastically. Just about every lab we cut out one of the sections and left at least an hour before lab was officially over. He will help you understand anything you ask him, and is willing to take late work during office hours (be sure to e-mail him). Reports are straightforward, no "discussion" or rewriting of procedures, just make sure you put the charts in, answer the questions, conclusion and you're done. Before the final he said "You all have B's...this will determine if you get an A." Final was pretty straightforward. Lets you have cheat sheets and more.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2017
EZ A. Mostafa is just a really laid back old professor and will basically do the lab for you if you ask him to.

EE 251


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
Hard to understand the accent but you can get it after a while. I took the class at cuesta and I have heard that he is alot more fun there he is a lot of fun in the lab.

EE 301


Sophomore
Withdrawn
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
The sadest part about his teaching abilities is that he is perfectly capable of doing a good job, and chooses not to. When asked to prepare clear notes so that we could learn how to do convolution, he did so. It was the first, last and only time it was worth the effort of going to class. He puts examples on the board, only you don't know what the question is that the example is about. He skips steps, and pulls answers from the air.


Sophomore
Withdrawn
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
No comment posted.


Senior
C
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
Lenient grader but horrible lecturer. He tends to talk to the chalkboard a lot to explain things instead of presenting it thru an overhead projector. So, your notes are always F***ED up and you have no choice but to study the book on your own.

EE 321


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2009
Moderated Comment
Chinichian sucks. I didn't want to learn everything there is to know about EE but I did want to at least understand the basic concepts. Chinich made that damn near impossible. He skips all the really basic information that is crucial to understanding the material and never answers the question you ask him. The only thing that saves him is that it's almost impossible to get less than an A if you understood EE 201. I went to about half the classes and missed 2 out of 8 quizzes and still got an A. But seriously, take Perks if you can. He's not much harder but you'll actually know some basic electronics when you're done.


5th Year Senior
A
Required (Support)
Jun 2009
So before I took this class, I came to poly ratings because I heard all the negative rumors about Chinichian. After going through the class, I realized what a bunch of stupid racist a$$holes love to post on poly ratings because they don't feel like busting their rear ends off. Listen up chump-o's. Everyone who has to take this class is obviously not an EE major. EE sucks. But it's just something you have to take. Chinichian made the class VERY easy to learn the basics. This class just covers the absolute basics about electronics. Don't go into this class thinking you'll learn the ins and outs of it. There were two midterms (each 25%), the final (30%), and (the best part) 20%, (yeah you read it right), 20% for attendance. How can you make an EE class any easier than that? He was practically handing out A's just as long as you showed up, took notes, and did the practice problems he assigned on blackboard to prepare you for the midterms (which were monkey problems as long as you went to class). I enjoyed the fact that he acknowledged his students every morning with a "Good Morning." One of the nicest professors I've ever had at Poly. Highly recommend him.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Jun 2009
This class is really a gamble. It is gonna be either easy as hell or easy. 20% of the grade is just from showing up to class and initialing the sign in sheet. The rest is 2 midterms and a final, all 3 problems each. As long as you try I don't it is possible to fail his class, though if you want an A you pretty much have to get the only 9 problems graded throughout the quarter correct.


Senior
B
Required (Support)
Feb 2010
Chinichian\'s tests really are straiht from his notes-examples, and sometimes his notes are straight from book-examples. That said, this guys sucks at teaching, and at communicating. In terms of conveying this material I would rank www.allaboutcircuits.com and the book above him. I\'ve felt the need to rate a professor before this guy, I usually can handle bad profs but this guy is frustratingly apathetic to student-understanding in lecture.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2010
20% of your grade in the class is on an attendance sheet. He is helpful during office hours. He does not lecture so well, but it does help to take notes when he goes over examples in class. He is a nice guy and fair professor overall.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2010
Not a very good teacher at all as far as presenting the material, but he prepares you for his tests and curves. If you really could care less about EE, and this is your last EE class, take him.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2010
This guy tries really hard, so I feel bad saying he\'s a poor lecturer, but it\'s true. He tends to teach from a \"this is what you do\" standpoint as opposed to \"this is why you do it.\" Because of this, I felt my knowledge of the subject had scores of tiny gaps in it that weren\'t immediately obvious during lecture but that bit me later on in the quarter. He also spoke softly, which, when combined with the unengaging material, made for a truly sleep-inducing fifty minutes. I appreciated how he taught the full subject matter but only tested on the essentials--it showed that he\'s realistic and only expects us to recall the core concepts from the class that we will use in industry. Bottom line: pick another teacher if you can, but don\'t worry too much if you can\'t.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2012
If you want to learn something don't take Chinichian! He speaks very softly so sit in the front if you are taking him. Also, do the hw and go to lab. Lab is the only place you might learn something so pay attention.


Senior
N/A
Required (Support)
May 2015
Worthless. That's how I would describe this guy. He doesn't explain anything and does not recognize what students need to know or aren't understanding. Also he made 5 mistakes in the last class session.


Senior
A
Required (Support)
Jun 2015
Thick accent and poor hearing but a big ol' heart. Quizzes are nearly for wrote homework questions and you can bring the homework solutions provided on his polylearn with you. Exams are short simple questions very close to the homework. In case you're not getting it, all the material is based off the homework. One surprise question on the final that was not well covered in lecture or homework but because everything else went well... A minus. Lol. TL:DR Easy class, no outside work

EE 342


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2012
Chinichian is pretty awesome to have for lab. He makes it really easy and straightforward for you. Helps you out immensely with the prelabs and the labs when you get stuck. Also, your lab reports are much easier than with other profs. I never spent more than an hour writing them and always did well on them. Just get your cover page correct and all of your data organized as well as a conclusion and you'll get full credit. You won't regret taking him for lab, super easy as long as you know the material well from lecture and you can ace his lab final which isn't too bad

ENGL 947


Senior
B
Required (Support)
Nov 2016
What the guy/gal below said. Amen. I too took this class and have long since graduated from Poly, but I was cruising Poly Ratings for a kick and thought that I should pipe in and let you know how much of a joke this prof is.