Elghandour, Eltahry  

Civil and Environmental Engineering

2.64/4.00

154 evaluations


CE 0


Graduate Student
No Credit
General Ed
Mar 2010
smartass

CE 121


Freshman
A
Elective
Oct 2002
hes the greatest guy alive. his accent is wonderful

CE 204


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
Dr. Elghandour is a really smart guy, but he sometimes has a difficulty communicating well due to his accent. You have to pay close attention and sit close to the front to really understand him. He doesn't lecture much. Usually he will spend about 15-20 minutes writing stuff on the board and not say a word while doing it, then after that he briefly talks about what he wrote. He assigns between 10-20 homework problems per chapter, but the exams come right from the homework. I mean, he has you solve 2 or 3 homework probems for the midterms and the final. Ocasionally he gives quizzes. Study the homework well and you should do fine in this class. He is a very friendly person and is always willing to help you during his office hours, he practically will do the problem for you. Oh, his office is in MoDoc hall, which is that little shack behind engineering building 13, I had never heard of MoDoc hall until I took this class.


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Jun 2002
OK, I still don't know how this worked out. I often had no clue what this man was talking about. He teaches about the subject matter by doing the most simple problem possible and then expects you to know how to do a problem that is anything but. His test are just as hard. I will say this though. I did all of the homework, survived the tests and quizzes and was going to have a D+ ..... so was about half of the class as well (the other half was going to get low C's). THE SAVING GRACE. Extra Credit was 20% of the final grade. All you have to do is a real world proble, no matter how simple, present it and you get a huge grade boost. I ended up with a C+ only because I mess up a little bit on it. Had I done it right, I would have gotton a B. But come on! A whole grade? I'm not arguing, but I sure as hell didn't warn it, and neither did half of the class. So, recap. If you want to get a good grade, take him. If you want to learn anything, avoid him.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Sep 2003
Professor Elghandour is an awesome teacher who really cares about his students. His office hours are really helpful, go to those


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Nov 2003
Dr. Ghandour (EE) is probably one of the smartest instructors I've run across. Although he does have a very low voice you have to site in the front so you can hear him, he knows his stuff very well. If you go into his office hours for help he will stay with hours, things will get cleared up for you. He gives extra credit project He will let you design and build your owen design model and you will do a test and He will help you and provide most of the materials to you. Over all you we learn from him a lots of Hand on.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Feb 2004
Awesome guy. Gets along with everybody and is really helpful. He tells you at the beginning he wants everyone to succeed and get A's. As long as you put in the work, you will. Very understanding with homework and midterm grades too.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2004
AWESOME!


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2004
If you can get beyond his accent, you can really learn a lot. He focuses mostly on concepts, his tests are VERY doo-able, and he is really helpful in office hours, and has lots of office hours.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Sep 2004
Dr. Elghandour is a really straight forward, simple, personable professor. He presents the material in an easy to understand, interesting way. There are some tricky things on some of his tests, but overall the tests are not hard. The homework is pretty hard, I just ended up copying it from his office hours and learning it later, before the test. Every test is open book, open notes, but be careful that you don't lose too much time looking through notes, it helps to know where all the examples and everything are in the book so you can turn straight to them. But in spite of his easy testing policy, you will learn a lot in his class, I highly recommend him.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2004
Dr. Elghandour is one of the smartest instructors I've run across. He talks way to fast. Although he does have a very low voice you have to site in the front so you can hear him, he knows his stuff very well. If you go into his office hours for help he will stay with hours, things will get cleared up for you. I heard he use to gives extra credit project He will let you design and build your owen design model and you will do a test and He will help you and provide most of the materials to you. If you can get beyond his accent, you can really learn a lot from him.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Dec 2004
Dr. Elghandour is an awesome instructor who really cares about his students. His office hours are really helpful all the time. I had him for his first quarter of teaching statics and was impressed at his level of organization. Elghandour explains things very clearly, he does a lot of problems in class The problem he explain in the class it is real application get you understood the materials, and he has a lot of office hours. He gives a quiz or Midterm every week keep you study the materials first by first and his quizzes from the book direct and were not that difficult but his midterm hard. Take El-Ghandour!!


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Dec 2004
I loved this professor; he is the best engineering teacher I have had. His lectures were interesting and he used lots of real-world examples on the board to help us understand when we would use this stuff. He is a generous grader, does assign around 8 problems every week for homework, and is flexible about turning in assignments late and rescheduling tests some time. Also, he is a really nice guy. He assignment Quiz every other week., the tests are very straight-forward if you attend his lecture. Dr. Ghandour is a very nice guy. Definitely try and get him if he's teaching... I would like to take a class from him again. I ended up not doing the homework, which was kind of bad since that lowered my grade 15%, but I did very well on the exams. So, take advantage of his office hours. I HIGHLY recommend this professor.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Jan 2005
Dr. Ghandour is one of the best Strength of materials professors at Poly. Knows the material well, and is willing to work with you. Lectures were entertaining, even at any time, and he presented the concepts clearly and even used decent examples (real problems). There was three midterm, five quizzes and final, his final and M.T. was long and fairly difficult. Lots of homework (and it's 15% of the grade), He collects homework which is a bonus for credit grade because he grades very easy on it , but no more than expected in this level of course. Overall, an excellent professor and I would take him again if I had the chance.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Feb 2005
He is a great teacher. Straight-foward and personable. Take advantage of his office hours since he will help you a lot in there.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Feb 2005
Oh man, this guy is truly the best teacher I've ever had!! No joke! He is so incredibly helpful, especially at office hours. He sincerely wants to help all of his students as much as he possibly can. Make sure to take advantage of his office hours, and don't pretend like this class will be easy, cuz it's not. The tests were really hard (3 midterms and a final) the class averages were consistently in the 70's. It takes up lots of time, but as long as you study all the material and do your homework, you'll be fine!! If you read this, thanks Dr. Ghandour, you made this quarter bare able, and enjoyable!


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2005
Dr. Ghandor very helpful his students and I will take him again. He is an outstanding the subject very well. He assigns a lot of quizzes and Midterms and Hw and his midterm real problems.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2005
Ghandour seems to be an alright guy, but I found him to be a lousy teacher. He does have an accent, but I don't really think that it was a main factor in his poor teaching. He lost all crediability with me when he incorrectly gave the moment of inertia of a semi-circle (he just took the moment of inertia of a full circle and divided it by two without transfering the axis to new centroid). Upon questioning he did not yeild. The entire class seemed to go like this, with his work not really making sense but somehow he would come out with the correct answer in the end (all of his examples were pre-prepared, so finding the correct answer was of course easy for him). Lectures were boaring and disorganized, and often it was obvious that the entire class had no idea what was going on. Often his lectures consisted of putting pre-prepared overheads of worked out problems up for about two seconds each, just long enough for you to say "what the hell is that" and then he'd put up the next one. After seeing this once or twice, you realize that trying to understand the lecture is pointless and resolve to learning it from the book. The book is alright, but it will not point out everything that you have to do. In office hours he was fast paced but reasonably knowledgable, however, it took about two seconds for him to point out the things I was doing wrong and send me on my way. That made me think I really should have been able to pick those things up in lecture and saved myself a trip to his lonely office in THE WELDING BUILDING. The homework for this class is very straightforward, make a reasonable attempt at it and you should get full credit as long as you write the correct answer at the bottom. I say that becasue it seems his grading is 90% getting the right answer and 10% the work to get there. The tests are nothing like the homework, but much harder. The tests probably are fair for what you should learn in 204, but you will not learn it with Ghandour. Grading is tough on quizes and tests. For the final exam there was not nearly enough time. Do not take this clown if you want to learn Materials, and do not take him if you want an A (he only gave 3 out of a class of 41, although this grade probably reflects how well you actually understand the material, there is no reason most students shouldn't understand it). If you do somehow get stuck with him, take solace in the face the you have another strengths class where you can hopefully actually learn.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Jun 2005
Dr. ElGhandour is an ok professor, but very helpful guy. I was retaking this class becuase I failed it with Somoyaji last quarter. Boy, what a difference. Even though ElGhandour's accent is much heavier than Somoyaji's, the major difference is that Prof. ElGhandour actually enjoys his teaching, has a sense of humor and makes every effort to help you if you do not understand. His tests are rather difficult becuase they involve a lot of details; quizzes are usually similar to the homework problems, and homework is a breeze. I got perfect scores on HW even if I didnt get the problem right, becuase ElGhandour rewards his students for hard work and most importantly, just trying. I think it was becuase of Dr. ElGhandour's teaching that I actually passed the class this time around. If any of you needs to take CE204, ElGhandour's your guy. He may be hard to understand the first few weeks, but you'll eventually get the hang of him. Take ElGhandour, NOT Somoyaji if you can! "You follow me, guys?"


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Aug 2005
Like previously mentioned, it takes awhile to get used to his accent, but i eventually got it, and i think that was the hardest part of the quarter. to me, he presented everything well with good examples. very fair on hw, and basically was more worried that you tried every problem rather than doing them all right. his quizes werent too bad, and really similar to hw problems. his midterms were a bit more challenging, but afterwards i often noticed i made dumb mistakes and should have done better. at the end of the quarter, he had an amazing "curve" with the grades. i had a B in the class (probably around an 82-83), but ended up with a 98%. basically, he dropped some of your lowest quizes and midterm grades, which is awesome since you might know the subject and do well, but do shitty on one test and ruin your entire grade. Overall, i highly recommend elghoundor and am gonna take him again in the fall for CE 207.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Sep 2005
El-Ghandour is a great teacher. The first day of class i sat in the back but after struggling to understand a word that he was saying i moved to the front. After the first week or so you could understand what he was saying. There was no final this quarter, and homework could be copied straight out of the solutions manual. I dont suggest that you copy them but the solutions manual seemed to do a good job exlaining concept that you might have missed or misunderstood during lecture. He does have a huge curve that help probably 50% of the class to pass. I had an uncurved 89% and ended up with a 100% in the class. Needless to say, do all you homework on time and get B's on the test and you should have no problem getting an A in his class.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2006
Wow. I spent most of the quarter focusing on other classes (such as dynamics) and somehow I came out with an A- from El-Ghandour. El-Ghandour is a really nice guy and cares about his students. He has an accent, but sit at the front of the class and you'll find him easier to understand. His lectures can be somewhat disorganized but they are pretty good. The book isn't that great and the problems can be frustrating, but Ghandour will point you to the right direction. I never had time to go to office hours but I hear he's really good there too. Make sure you don't copy the solutions he gives out, otherwise you're screwing yourself for the common final. Bottom line: a good professor and I'd take him again.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2006
El-Ghandour was one of the most helpful teachers I've had a Cal Poly so far. He is willing to help students any time he is not teaching. Once he helped me and another student on the Sunday before the final, that's how dedicated he is. He's accent is a bit hard to get a first and sometimes he goes off on tangents, but he always manages to get the point across. He gives lots of practical applications and tries to apply CE204 to every major. He's a really great professor. Oh and he helps students immensely with a huge curve at the end.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Jun 2006
Professor Ghandour is a great teacher. He is hard to understand at first because of his accent but he truly does care about the success of his students. He is very helpful in his office hours and goes out of his way to help you. The class is 2 midterms 25% , 5 quizes 25%, 10% HW, and 40% the final. Watch out for the common final. Its is pretty hard and has a lot of conceptual questions. He drops one quiz at the end. I would recommend taking Prof Ghandour for this class or any CE class


Sophomore
D
Required (Support)
Jun 2006
Very good professor went, presents the material very well, he is confusing at first because of his accent but after u undersatnd what he says. Went into the final with a B- but the final came and it was written by Professor casper because its a common final, and his finals are hard, u really have to think about the questions. Well im taking ghandour again for sure caus ethe only thing that killed me was the final but its all good


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2006
yes, his accent is very thick. took me awhile to understand him, and i usually dont have trouble. a guide to your quarter... sadenta = delta diangusmoldulus = youngs modulus HES A CRAZY GOOD TEACHER. the guy goes WAY out of his way to help you learn. several times he would be up till 1 for the students in my class then teach a class at 7am and continue teaching straight through till 6pm. THE SECRET TO THE MIDTERMS: know the examples he shows you on the board as being on a previous common final. know them well. he'll modify them and make them a little harder, some of them close to impossible in my opinion. THE SECRET TO THE QUIZZES: randomly chosen homework questions, so do the homework. he grades about average but, if your grade on the nearly impossible common final is better than your current grade in the class he bumps you up. thats what saved me. i got a high b on the common final and so i got a b in the class that i wouldve failed (or gotten a mid c). he does everything he can to help your grade, he dropped two of the five quizzes and 1 of the two midterms. didnt help me much because i was pretty consistent in my scores. take him, end of story.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2007
I think Dr. Ghandour is a good teacher. He makes it very clear that CE204 is difficult for most students and will require a lot of time. He also, focuses on the important subjects. Your grade is based on 6 quizzes which are usually based on questions from the book and 3 midterms very hard. Quizzes are much better than midterms when taking one of these CE classes. Homework


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2007
Elghandor is a great guy. Without a doubt the hardest-working professor at Poly. He REALLY wants to see you succeed, but he will make you work for it (which is good, because you will be very well prepared for the common final). If you have a good attitude, pay close attention in class, and do homework, you will develop a really good understanding for the material. Elghandour is one of the best professors you will ever take a class from, so don't miss out!


Junior
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2007
Dr. Ghandour is awesome guy. He understands the subject of mechanics of materials very well with viewpoint on design. He is A+++++ helping the students in office hours a lot and he can stay with you as long as you need help. I will take him again!


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2007
Elghandour is a very nice guy, no doubt about it. His accent will take you a few days to figure out, but once you get over that, he isn't difficult to understand. Although it did take me five weeks to figure out that we was saying "textbook" instead of "thickest book". Anyways, his lectures are pretty good, except he seems to cover the same materials numerous times in different ways, a little confusing. The homework in this class is grueling, it takes so much time to complete so start it early. The quizzes are adequate, as are the midterms. The final however was unexpected. Half the problems were statics and had nothing to do with CE204. Also, they will fail to give you necessary conversions and constants, so memorize everything. Other than that, good luck. Don't let his accent scare you, just give it a couple days to sink in.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2007
No lie, Dr. E is the shit. Its really nice to finally have a professor that cares if you learn and succeed. Yes, his accent is a little rough the first week or two, but otherwise he conveys the information really well. Suggested? Deffinately


Junior
C
Required (Support)
Apr 2007
Dr. Ghandour has to be one of the best teachers ever at cal poly. He takes his time and REALLY cares about his students. Come to his office hours and he's willing to help you 1000%. He is helpful and has a big heart. He will always help you in his office. He will explain problems to you with a details, but make you work it out with his assistance so you have a greater understanding. Sometimes his tests are tough but it usually works out you that you will do better then you imagined on them. He is soo intelligent he will pick out random book problems and just work them out for you in class. He likes to gives you a good idea about what is on most of the exams also, excluding his random conceptual problems he gives, which are not hard if you pay attention in lecture. Take this guy! he is very fair in his grading and tells you EXACTLY what to expect on the tests. His grade is based of 2midterm and seven quizzes and a lot of homework. Use his blackboard resources, if you manage to pay attention the whole time it is worth your while. Overall, take him


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
May 2007
He is kind of hard to follow sometimes, I would sit in the front of the class so that you can understand him better. This material is not as hard as I've heard people say it is, I would recommend taking him, just make sure that you understand the homework, cause it's easy to just copy the solutions that he posts online.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2010
The first week is a bit scary because he seems unorganized and rushed, this however is not how the class continues to be. Eltahry is a good man and hes been teaching the class for over 20 years. he is still very enthusiastic and always looking to improve on his teaching. CE 204/207 are difficult classes, that require a lot of time practicing. Do what Eltahry says and you are guaranteed an A or B. Listen to the man, he knows his shit


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2011
Okay, I've never done an online class before, I haven't completed this class yet, but this bullshit ass class4me.me website he's having us use is completely fucking hoot Want to complete a quiz for the class? Oh cool you get to do it outside of class, in addition to this you have to print it out, scan it, magically convert it to a pdf and then hope that pdf is under 500kb (completely fucking unreasonable") so that you can upload it to this bullshit server Fuck this online bullshit. There is no notifications for when anything is due. One would logically think that hey, an online class should maybe, I dont know send you fucking emails about when a quiz is available and when it is due, but hey this would make sense. This website is a piece of shit and will frustrate you to no end, the best part about it is that you get to pay $30 extra bucks for the privilege of using this piece of shit


Junior
N/A
Required (Support)
Jan 2011
GPA SUICIDE!!!! doonnttt dooo itttt


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Jan 2011
This material is difficult enough to understand without having to interperate what he is saying through his accent. "Get it guys?" NO. Pretty sure no one get's it, guy. VERY unorganized. He uses an online website that is a pain in the ass to figure out. Might as well make it an online course. There are multiple choice as well as online quizzes that you must print out and then scan in, (who the hell has a scanner?!).I constantly feel like I am missing something. Oh. and an additional little bonus, he assigns online quizzes that are due THE SAME DAY AS MIDTERMS. what an idiot. Avoid this guy at all costs.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Feb 2011
obs


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2011
Elghandour is definitely underrated in my opinion. It may seem like a ridiculous amount of work for this class, but he definitely prepares you for the common final. Plus, he gives out ridiculous amounts of extra credit. If you're willing to put in the work for a good grade in CE 204, take Dr. Elghandour.


Sophomore
B
Elective
May 2011
Elghandour, he assign a lot of homework's and extra credit problems more than any other professor teaching the class. If you will not give-up with his shit materials you will do great job in the final exam. I will take him again..................


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2012
Dr. EE, though most didn't seem to like him very much, was actually a very organized and nice professor. He explained concepts and provided clear examples to help students better understand the class material. he also did a good job preparing us all for the common final i asked about 15 of my friends, and they all passed the common final with at least a B+ after doing all of elghandour's "finals" study guide overall, take this guy. he's the man


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2012
FAIR grader, test averages were pretty high like 85% when I took it, flexible, gives a study guide that helps lighten the anxiety of the common final--it really helps. Overall, great professor for CE 204. Why others are so bitter about him is unbeknownst to me?


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2013
I found this guy very annoying throughout the quarter, part because he was hard to understand and part because the subject matter is just flat out hard. But take him because at the end he drops whatever stuff will increase your grade the most! Also he held 8 hours of review sessions at the end of the quarter that without I would have failed the class.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Dec 2013
Dr. E may come off as a very difficult professor because of his accent, and the material of the class can be dense. Lecturers are sometimes boring because of this. However, Dr. E is a great professor. He truly recognizes that student's have a difficult time with this subject and he wants you to succeed. He also has a good sense of humor, and is very personable. You must put in the work for this class by doing hw, but as soon as you dont understand something the best thing to do is go into his office hours and ask for help! He is not intimidating at all, and is extremely encouraging. Midterms(2) are relatively difficult, but the second one is basically a practice final(completely cumulative and graded the same way). He also does study sessions before the final for a total of 8 hours, which without I would have failed this class. Put in the time, ask him questions, go to his office hours and study sessions, and this class will be easy. I went into the final with a 63 on the 1st test and an 18 on the 2nd. Dr. E said if you pass the final, which is very doable with his help, then you pass the class. Dr. E is the man. Good Luck!

CE 205


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
Dr. Elghandour assigns a lot of homework! You are rewarded for completing it though, since the test questions are taken directly from the homework. He is somewhat difficult to understand due to his accent.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Apr 2002
El gandour tries, he really does, to be a good teacher but fails miserably. His accent is very thick and tough to understand. His english is only so-so. His lectures aren't worth going to, cuz he goes over the stupidest stuff and you don't learn anything, but you better learn it from somewhere cuz his testts and grading are very hard. try going to office hours late, cuz he doesn't show up on time and don't expect a good grade.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Jun 2002
Once you get used to his accent (which took me half way through the quarter) he's actually a pretty solid teacher in comparison to some others Ive had. He lets you do a fat extra credit project at the end of the quarter that raised most peoples grades from C- to B+ or B- to A in my case. Before you take the guy you should realize that most people hate him and you probably will too. But at I also felt like I learned something from him (or maybe it was from spending 5hrs/week doing the f'n 10+ really long hw probs he assigned). Anyways the bottom line is he's a pretty good professor by cal poly standards...And someone wrote some sh#@ about a saturday final, but ours was optional and only like 4 people took it.


Senior
B
Required (Support)
Jun 2002
Elghandour is a terrible professor. The guy can't speak descent English. CE-205 is hard enough without the accent. Also Elghandor can't write on the chalkboard. It is impossible to read his handwriting. Plus he has this annoying habit of always saying "you got it guys" with his terrible English. The only good thing is that he knows he's a terrible professor and allows you to do extra credit that can raise your grade a grade level and a half. The way he runs his class is absolutely crazy. One good thing about him is that he can teach in his office hours, which is the only place I actually learned anything. Trust me avoid this man at all cost.


Junior
C
Required (Support)
Jun 2002
Avoid this guy like the plague. He has a thick accent which takes some getting used to. Once you can start understanding him you start to realize that he isn't even that great of a teacher. He assigned TONS of homework for a 2 unit class. On average 10-15 problems per week! He usually goes over a few during class however, but I would find more often that not that he wouldn't even work out the examples correctly or he would make them way more complicated than they should have been. His tests are all very difficult and most people would average 35-50% on them. During the last class of the quarter he posted a grade sheet and about 85% of the class had D's. We did however turn in "extra credit" projects which bumped most people up to the B range.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2003
I took this guy for 204 and hated his guts. When I took him for this class, I had no other choice, I was plesently supprised. He was very clear in his lectures. He was very helpful whenever you approached him, and his test and quizes were almost always straight from the homework. If you do the homework, you get credit. After homework is due he puts the anwsers on the web, which makes it easy to study. I really turned a 180 on what I think about this guy. If you're up for the task I would think that this is the guy for you. He also give extra credit which can be up to 10% of your grade. That's right 10%


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2003
the first couple of weeks i was scared. el ghandour is intimidating not just to talk to, but to even sit in the same room with him. i thought he was an asshole, but after a few weeks, i realized he was an excellent professor. he made things very clear. he assigns a lot of homework but since he is so awesome in lecture the homework was a breeze. his quizzes and tests, half of them were straight, photo copy out of the homework. he posted grades at the end of the quarter and 75% of the class had a B or higher, and that was before the extra credit he offered, which is an added 8% at least to your grade, no sweat. it was just a simple notebook of your notes, hw, quizzes, and tests, plus a real world problem such as analyzing the stress in a freeway sign post (extremely simple at the end of the quarter). plus his accent is pretty funny.


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Oct 2003
bad teacher, he will hurt your gpa and likes to give tough tests


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Aug 2004
He is the worst professor I have ever had at Cal Poly. He used to teach classes for the ME department, but rumors have it that he isn't allowed to teach any classes in the ME department because he is so horrible. He is unorganized and writes very sloppy on the board. You can't understand half of what he says and after he says something he always says " You got Guys?" We had 4 quizes, 2 midterms, and a final. He offers extra credit assignments for up to 5% extra credit. Our quizes regurally covered material which we had not gotten to yet. He expects you to know alot of information from CE 204, but it is hard since all professors don't cover the same information ( a big problem the CE department needs to deal with). On our first midterm he gave us one problem that was like 10 parts long, but the stresses in the problem were not possible based on the given strains, so no matter how you did the problem you would screw up. He blew off that this was a big error until the whole class complained, then he gave a us a take home midterm to replace it. The replacement midterm was purposely extremely difficult so that no onw would do it. We didn't get the repalcement midterm back till the last week of class. The second midterm was extremely easy since everyone had bombed the first one. I would definitely recommend taking someone else, but if you must take him pay attention to what he tells you before midterms and finals. He often hints at problems from the text that he will put on the test.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Sep 2004
Good teacher. Made the class interesting.

CE 206


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Jun 2000
Two words: SATURDAY FINAL!! This jerk gave us a Saturday final because he was too lazy to give it to all his sections separately. I only took him for the lab section (one lousy unit) and he bombarded us with homework and quizzes. His quiz problems come directly from the homework, but do you really want to spend 2-3 hours per week on lab homework? The actual lab was easy and the write ups only took about an hour each but the quizzes (every other class) are what make this class bad (no formula sheets allowed). Not to mention his lectures suck and his accent is difficult to understand. This guy is terrible - if you read this and still decide to take him you're an idiot.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Jan 2001
The guy above me is absolutely right. Elghandour is a terrible teacher. He makes no sense and he gives a crap load of homework--for a LAB class! It's beyond me how a teacher can actually expect his students to do homework, take quizes and finish lab reports for a class worth one stinking unit. If you have a choice DON'T TAKE ELGHANDOUR.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Jun 2001
Well, there's not much you can do to avoid Elghandour since he teaches all but one of the CE206 classes. He gives you homework weekly (which takes a long time to do) and there are quizzes every week, all for a one unit class!! He puts questions on the quizzes and the final that are meant to be tricky and tend to mislead you to a wrong answer. Also, the he grades really hard on the lab reports. He says that the lab equipment is really old and it doesn't really work, but he still expects you to have good results. Basically, this guy just give WAY too much work for a one unit class. So if you can try to take CE 206 from someone else.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Jan 2002
He is great in his office hours but is very difficult to follow during lecture unless you already know what he's talking about. I was frustrated with the amount of time I had to put into a one unit class. The labs are quick, the write ups are annoying and studying for the quizzes are a pain since most of this stuff I have already forgotten (my bad). His grader is also very harsh, no partial credit. You either get it or you don't. My recomendation for students taking him is to definetly go to the office hours with any questions, he'll really help you there. And don't be afraid to ask again if you didn't understand him the first time.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2003
elghandour is a pretty awesome teacher for lab. he explains everything quite clearly (if you can understand what he is saying). i dont think its that his english is hard to follow but he is just very soft spoken so if you sit in the front of the class it shouldn't be too bad. graded everything quite fairly and had a decent curve. gave us the option to have a final or not at the end of the quarter. would definately recommend his for lab.


Junior
C
Required (Support)
Dec 2003
This guy is tricky! He makes the lab easy; you'll be done in 2 hours max every week. However, he throws in a quiz every few weeks that will totally throw you off. One of his quizzes had "0" for every answer. he sat at his desk and chuckled to himself as we all struggled to find answers to mind trap. My group did awesome on all the labs, but I did bad on the quizzes so my grade sucked. Luckily he throws in a good curve at the end.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Nov 2004
Very Very Very Very difficult to understand. He talks way to fast. Elghandour makes up for it if you attend office hours. He is very helpful there.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2004
Wow what to say about El Ghandour. Basically don't expect to understand a word that he says. Like the other CE 206 labs all the lab reports are group lab reports. Luckily he grades those labs very easy (pretty much everyone gets A's on all of them unless you just don't turn it in). However, he makes up for this with his quizzes. He gives 3 quizzes and a lab final. For each of the quizzes he posts the questions ahead of time on polycat and you can download the questions and then he picks one or two of the questions to be your quiz. In theory this seems incredibly easy. However his questions are usually very complicated and on material that he nevers goes over in class. Luckily, if you have the time to go to his office hour he will tell you how to work out every problem step by step. You would think doing this would gurantee you a good grade on the quizzes as you know the problem and the answer. However, El Ghandour is one of the worst on partial credit so you can do all the problem right but make a very very small mistake and end up with a 7/10. Other than that the class is very easy. I recommend making one group member write a report each time so that way you don't have to spend very much time doing time consuming lab write ups. Each class lasted about an hour at the most. Overall I would say El Ghandour is nothing special, but he is not the worst you could have.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2004
Professor Elghandour was a great lab instructor. He is a very patient and understanding professor. He presents the material very well and he is very helpful during the labs. Positively the best lab instructor I've ever had. If he's teaching a lab section for your class, you should really fight to get in. He explains the lab really well, helps you out, and simplifies things a lot. I would like to take a class from him again. Pretty easy grader and he doesn't really care about everything being exact and perfect like some other lab instructors. The questions on the final came directly from the practice problem he posted online for each labs done during the quarter and we were able to use our lab manuals. His practice problem selected from Mechanics of materials book CE-204 and CE-205. I do not agree for all student said about him!


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2005
Exams and quizzes for his lab were fairly. He extremely helps the students a lot in his office just got this guy. i would recommend him over other teachers teaching this class.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2005
You should take this professor for 206 for on simple reason: in week ten, when all the other 206 professors are giving finals, he lets you skip class because there are no more labs. With regards to his teaching, he tells you the whole lab, including the results you should get, before you start, so the labs are pretty much pointless. it takes a while to figure out how he grades his labs, so dont expect to get all the points until the fourth or fifth lab. He does give a few quizzes, which are not too hard. Also all the quiz questions are straight from worksheets that he gives you before the quiz.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Apr 2005
This professor wasn't that bad. He gave quizes that were exactly the same as the handout that you downloaded. If you bothered to do the handout(which i rarely did because it was all CE 204 review) you would ace every quiz. He would also spend time before each lab to tell you how to do it and what your results should be around. I can't hate him for the next part because a grader supposdly did it, but he graded the lab write ups way too hard. Our group finally figured out how to get perfects on the lab write ups but it took about 3 to 4 hours to write. The lab itself took only 15 mins to do. It just doesn't add up. Overall, this class was alright and I would recommend taking him.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2005
Just awesome. Very good professor for lab (he knows a lot about the experimental work in different areas). He really knows his stuff and when you need help he is there to help. He is totally willing to help you with anything you need. Genuinely cares about everyone in the class and will make sure that you know what is going on. Just a great guy, if you are lucky enough to take him...DOIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2005
He is very helpful! Be careful on his lab reports, pay attention to detail because that is what he wants. An overall good professor, I would take him again!

CE 207


Senior
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2005
El-Ghandour is a good teacher. The class consisted of 3 midterms, 6 quizzes, about 8 homework assignments, and extra credit (worth 5% of your total grade); NO FINAL!. He seems to want to change the structure of this course for the following lectures due to the amount of grading he had this past quarter, so who knows how he will change it. The first half of the class is almost identical to 204 stuff, so review it if its been a while since you have taken 204. he dropped one midterm and the average grade was something like an 87 percent. His lectures seemed to drag on a little but he sets up almost all of the homework problems. His tests were all homework problems so there were no surprises. This is my second quarter with El-Ghandour and I would recommend taking him for any course, he trully cares about teaching and does his best to help you out during office hours.


Junior
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2006
I really wanted to write a long and drawn out review for this dip-shit, however I dont have the patience for it. Just DONT TAKE THIS GUY, he makes easy material seem hard and tests on material befor he assigns it. His grading scheme is fucked up too.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2006
Elghandour is a champ. He busts his ass to help his students. He's always in his office if not teaching class. Examining the material itself in CE-207, this was an easy class. Yeah, I got a B, but honestly did very little studying compared to any other support class. The majority of the material is review from CE-204, so anyone that complains he didn't cover the material before tests can go to hell. The material is review, if you don't know it or forgot it, thats your problem. Yeah, he'd get upset sometimes in class and tell kids he'd give em a zero on the exam (which I thought was funny as hell), but thats because half the class can't even draw moment diagrams, which you should have mastered in 204. He covers the material clearly, gives quizzes and exams exactly like examples in class, no surprises or tricky stuff, its all straight forward. You people that came to class whining every day about lord knows what, grow the F~^& up and stop wasting everyone elses time.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2006
I had Dr. Ghandour in CE204 and CE207. He is a great teacher. Do the homework do not copy the solutions; spend some time thinking about what


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2006
I had EE for CE 204 and he wasn't that bad, pretty damn easy. So I decided to take him again for CE 207. Every lecture was the same, we had no idea what he was doing. He would try to to show us an example problem, but in the middle of the problem he would always change it around so everyone was lost. I pretty much had to teach myself the material, which isn't that difficult. The quizes were always on the following week's material and his grading was harsh. I completely lost faith when he drew a simple moment-area diagram wrong. His curve was also bogus. He ended up dropping one quiz and midterm. This pretty much only helped the people who had no idea what the hell was going on and didn't help the people that actually tried and studied. The curve was not fair since it raised the people who royally screwed up on the the midterm. All I can say, don't take him if you want to learn the material. Try to take Kasper, even though he is difficult.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jul 2006
I had Professor Elghandour for 204 and liked him so much i took him for 207. He is one of the most helpful instructors I've ever had. He is truly in his profession for the students, and it shows. He would come early and stay late for his scheduled office hours to help the countless students (like me) who were baffled by the course content until we reached some sort of understanding of the material. He teaches a lot by examples, which is how I learn best. Sometimes he was confusing in his lecture, but he's very approachable and open to questions. I would totally reccommend him. And if you take Elghandour, GO TO HIS OFFICE HOURS! Especially if you don't understand the homework. Often his quizzes were problems taken from the hw or very similar to the hw.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2006
Ok Elghandour is a nice guy and from what my friends have told me I believe he is a good CE 204 instructor. Now for CE 207 I feel he could use some improvment. I have Eric Kasper for 204 and paid attention did problems and learned the material. This quater in 207 I basically ended up reading the book before I went to class and getting nothing more from going to class than the reasurance that I knew the material better than the majority of the class. If you take CE 207 with Elghandour get in a study group and READ THE BOOK (it is actually not half bad). Good luck and watch his work in class sometimes the class will lead him down the wrong path and he will not catch it. (READ the review a couple down about Moment Diagrams!!!!)


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Sep 2006
Elghandour just flat out rocks. He is very helpful. I also had him for CE204 and he explained the material very well. I highly encourage anyone to go to his office hours for extra help. He is willing to stay as long as possible to help all students understand the concepts, so take advantage of this opportunity. He is one of the most helpful instructors at Cal Poly, and wants every student to succeed. If you understand the hw, you should have no problems on the midterms or quizzes. The final was challenging as it's not written by him, but like with any other class, study hard, and you should do well in the course.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Sep 2006
I have met few professors who care more about his students' success than Dr. Elghandour. He would literally go to his office on a Sunday to meet students and help them prepare for the midterms or just to do homework. He assigns a good amount of homework, but if you spend the time to actually do it and ask him about it, the midterms are easy.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2007
Elghandour is awesome!!! When i took his class the past quarter it was based on 6 quizes, 3 midterms and a common final. he dropped the lowest quiz and midterm. Also both the quizes and midterms were problems he went over in class or were very similar to the homework problems. The class maybe be a little bit harder then other teachers that teach this subject, but he teachs the materials in a way that is easy to understand. Also he is very helpfull in office hours and wants to see his students succed. I had a D- going into the final but he worked with me and said my grade could be what I get on the final. On the Final i got a B so i got a B in the class


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Jul 2007
Once you get past the language barrier, you will see that Dr. E is an amazing teacher who will present material from several different angles throughout his lectures. His enthusiasm makes you actually enjoy Strengths. Take him if you can but make sure you visit office hours.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Jun 2008
This guy is the man. Give him a few weeks and youll see he is an excellent teacher. Really makes sure you understand and cares more than most that you put the effort in to pass. At first i was skeptical due to the accent but this guy is just awesome.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2009
Prof. Elghandour is dedicated to providing his students with a solid understanding of Strength of Materials. I highly recommend him for both 204 and 207 because of his extensive knowledge in their instructions and applications. This quarter we did homework/quizzes online which was troublesome at first, but then became a valuable studying resource (once you got used to it). His midterms were reasonable and helped prepare you for the multiple choice final. I still don\'t understand why the CE department continues to use the multiple choice, credit/no credit grading system, but whatever. Elghandour was very helpful and amiable in his office hours, so much so that he stays too long and is often late to his next class! Great guy.


Senior
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2010
Although extremely difficult to understand at times, EE is an awesome professor who honestly cares about how his students are doing and whether they understand the material. He will stay on one problem in class until the entire class understands if need be. He knows where students have problems and focuses his lecture time there. His heavy accent did make it hard to understand some things he said but he was always very upbeat and really put every minute of lecture time to good use so that we could \"get understand, got it guys?\"


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2010
Don\'t take Elghandour! He is a horrible teacher who has no understanding of his students needs. If you feel like teaching yourself CE 204/207 then this is the guy for you. One of the worst professors I\'ve had at Poly. Elghandour if you read this, please find a new job. You follow me, or not?


Senior
C
Required (Major)
Feb 2010
DR. EE did help me in the office our a lot. Go to his office?


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2010
Elghandor is one of the best professors at this school. He knows his shit stuff and he teaches well too (which is more than you can say for the majority of the professors). He takes the time to make sure you actually understand the concepts and he really cares about helping his students learn. Also, if you need any help or clarification on topics covered in previous engineering courses, he\'s more than willing to review it. Homework was due almost every two week, but the majority of your grade is 1 midterms and the final. If you ace the final it\'s worth more on your final grade. I flat out failed the 2nd midterm Lab and Lecture, but I got an A on the final and he gave me a C+ overall. In short: TAKE ELGHANDOR IF YOU GET THE CHANCE!!! Even if you\'re not intuitively good at math, he makes it make sense. Goooooooooooooooooo to his office!


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Nov 2010
Memorable Quotes from Elghandour\'s Polyratings page: \"Elghandour is an outstanding lecture in to many different course. It is very obvious that he knows his shit materials.\" Nov 10th 2010 \"Elghandor is one of the best professors at this school. He knows his shit stuff and he teaches well too\" June 15th 2010 \"Professor Elghandour a nice guy and care about his students...Final and Midterm for his lab were fairly but his quizzes more difficult\" June 22nd 2010 \"Dr. Elghandour is a great structure teacher and really cares about his students. The only problem to the instructor, we have students taking the class they never had STATICS get the professor not do a lot of engineering application. His class teaches a lot of Math materials and he assign a lot of HW, quizzes, midterms and final test for the MATLAB lab different than the lecture. I definitely recommend this professor, especially for Engineering and graduate students because he teach you to learn how to design engineering projects, Take him and be ready for a lot of work.\" March 13th 2009 \"Dr. Elghandour is an outstanding lecture. It is very obvious that he knows his materials. If you put in a lot of effort it is very easy to get a decent grade and if you go to his office you we learn alot. this guy is the most helpfully guy in his office and give you the time you want. I do not agree with the below comments. Since our class is too early sometime is hard to attend the class. His quizzes and exams are very hard he expect you to know the materials, this class cover a lot of subject especially Math. .I will take him again\" March 11th 2009 \"He is A+++++ helping the students in office hours a lot and he can stay with you as long as you need help. I will take him again!\" March 5th 2007 \"Dr. Ghandor very helpful his students and I will take him again. He is an outstanding the subject very well. He assigns a lot of quizzes and Midterms and Hw and his midterm real problems.\" March 7 2005 \"Exams and quizzes for his lab were fairly. He extremely helps the students a lot in his office just got this guy. i would recommend him over other teachers teaching this class.\" February 18th 2005 \"I do not agree for all student said about him!\" Dec 21 2004 \"The problem he explain in the class it is real application get you understood the materials, and he has a lot of office hours.\" Dec 9 2004 \"He also give extra credit which can be up to 10% of your grade. That\'s right 10%\" Jan 5th 2003 \"hes the greatest guy alive. his accent is wonderful\" Oct 21 2002 -Courtesy of Professor Elghandour


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Jan 2011
Dr. EE is a decent great teacher and has been teaching longer than I have been alive and he knows his shit materials. If you can concentrate on new material and on understanding what the teacher is saying at the same time then do it. He was very clear in his lectures. Go to his office hours and he will stay and help you as much as you need take advanced of his office hrs. He was very helpful whenever you approached him, and his test and quizes were almost always straight and simaller to the homework. I hat the multiple choice test. If you work on your homework, you get a credit. After homework is due he puts the anwsers on the web, which makes it easy to study. I really turned a 180 on what I think about this guy. If you're up for the task I would think that this is the guy for you. He also give extra credit which can be up to 10% of your grade. That's right 10%


Graduate Student
D
Required (Major)
Jan 2011
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Junior
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2011
Ghandor was an awesome teacher and I had him last fall in Aero-433. He encouraged people to come to office hours, and made it a priority to be there when a student needed him. He offered chances to bring up your grade, as well as help people who weren't understanding the material. I was way sketch the first day, and just went through problems the whole time. But he ended up being really awesome, and lots of examples helped me learn the material a lot better than talking about each thing. Take Dr. Ghandor if you struggle in Strength of materials because he is super willing to help improve your grade and give attention to students who need it.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Feb 2011
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Junior
C
Required (Major)
Apr 2011
Dr EE is a very nice guy, but he's impossible to understand. he will assign unimaginable amounts of homework that no human can possibly do on time and put effort into. Forces you to just bs the homework and hurry to get it done. He did prepare us for the final by bombarding us with RIDICULOUSLY hard midterms (avg well below 40% for all 3) and giving you massive homework quantity. All this and he really sucks at teaching the material. "Got that one guys?" No Dr ee, we don't got that one. Final is tough. somehow i got a C- in the class with a C- going in


Junior
N/A
Required (Support)
Dec 2011
This guy is a piece of shit who should not be teaching CE. Hes basically here for research and assumes you remember EVERYTHING from statics and CE204. At one point we were 3 weeks ahead of the other classes which mean NO review whatsoever. If I ever hear "you got that guys?" again im going to flip. Dude did drop about half the class in the end (2 midterms and 2 tests) so take that as you like, but I didnt learn shit from him.


Junior
D
Elective
Dec 2011
E.E. is a terrible teacher and assigns five to six times the amount of homework of other classes to try to make up for it. I'm not exaggerating. Literally five to six times the number of problems. Ridiculous. He expects this massive amount of homework to make up for his inability to teach. In lecture he rushes through problem after problem after problem and then blames the students for his shortcomings. The only good thing about his class is that he drops two midterms and two quizzes. Worst teacher I have had at Cal Poly. DO NOT TAKE E.E. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2011
First, let me start off by saying this review may be biased since I took this course at a community college but it didn't transfer over. Anyway, EE is a genuinely nice guy who will go out of his way to help you out in office hours to make sure you get the material, so don't hesitate to ask him for help. However, his lecture style was pretty decent. He would go over numerous example problems from the homework step by step, but it was at times very difficult to listen to him due to his accent/talking too fast. He gave us 5 midterms, and dropped 1. In my opinion, the midterms weren't too hard, although he throw an occasional trick question that he didn't cover too well in lecture. Finally, he DOES give a ton of homework, but he makes it worth a lot of points to help boost your grade. The guy isn't THAT bad of a teacher. At the end, he gave us the opportunity to earn 2-3% extra credit homework to boost our grade even more. He wants you to succeed, it's just that the CE 207 itself isn't an easy subject, especially if you haven't mastered material from CE 204.


Junior
D
Required (Major)
Jan 2012
Elghandour assigns an unreasonable amount of homework, moves through problems too quickly, and never really explains any equations or anything, he just outlines like 10+ problems on slides too quickly every lecture. He has five midterms were the average is around 30-40% but he drops two so getting points basically comes down to who can bs the most partial credit every week. The common final didn't touch on any topics emphasized in his lectures or midterms and I felt like having Elghandour put me at a real disadvantage when speaking to people who had other professors. Basically if there's a common final you're screwed. Worst teacher I had so far at Poly.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Feb 2012
This guy is awesome. His accent is a little much for some people, but that is his only disadvantage. He assigns a LOT of homework, and he has quizzes and midterms every other week. Fear not, though, because he will probably drop your worst grades in both categories. They are very straight forward, and if you know what you're doing they aren't bad. In short, if you work as hard as he expects, he totally makes it worth it in the end. I had heard that his students are the best prepared for the dreaded common final, and I think that is true. Take him if you're willing to work a little for an A!


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
May 2012
YUNGUS MODULUS! Haha that's what always made me laugh in his class. He's a good professor and does so many example problems you should be able to get the material easy enough. He does talk fast and have a bit of an accent but overall I would recommend him for 207


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2012
Dr. EE was definitely one of the better professors I've had at Cal Poly. You definitely hear the "Hey guys!" Or something like it at least once per lecture. I didn't find it annoying, but I can see how somebody could. I thought his grading was more than fair. For homework, if you showed some work and checked the boxes on the cover sheet he makes you print out and staple to the front, you got full credit for that homework assignment. If you felt like exploiting that, you could, but he does assign relevant homework for the quizes, midterms and final. I felt extremely confident walking into the final and nothing in it surprised me. I would recommend and take EE again.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
May 2013
Dr E is a good guy. He cares a lot about his teaching.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2015
EE is one of the best professors I've ever had. He's a wonderful guy and care for his students more than any professor I had. He assigned many homework and quizzes online and during the lecture and two midterms. I loved his study session he goes behind his time to help the students. If you ask him any question during his office hours he will never stress you out. I didn't expect to get a whole lot out of this class, but I actually ended up really enjoying it, and it's pretty cool. This class isn't incredibly easy; it has and a lot workload, and the tests are involved, he prepared us to common final. I loved taking his class it was very interesting and fun.

ME 211


Sophomore
F
Required (Major)
Mar 2003
I would stay away from this guy. He has a cool system, but isn't a good teacher. The questions from the quizzes and midterms are from the homework, but he is much better at doing the problems than explaining how to do them. Take someone else.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Sep 2003
Elghandour is a pretty good teacher who cares a lot for his students. I had him for his first quarter of teaching statics and was impressed at his level of organization. I had a few problems understanding some parts of this course, maybe the fault of his sometimes unclear lectures but he has a very heavy accent and he was more than willing to help me through it in his office office hours.


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Nov 2003
Elghandour is an awesome teacher. I had heard statics is very hard, but it wasn't. Elghandour explains things very clearly, he does a lot of problems in class, and he has a lot of office hours. He gives a lots of homework, but it took a long time to do them! There were usually many students in his office helping each other finish the homework and asking him questions occasionally. Some of his office hours were conviently right before I had class. He gives a quiz every week keep you study the materials first by first and his quizzes from the book direct and were not that difficult. Take Ghandour (EE)!!!


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2003
Dr. Ghandour is a decent teacher and has been teaching longer than I have been alive and he knows his materials. If you can concentrate on new material and on understanding what the teacher is saying at the same time then do it. He was very clear in his lectures. He was very helpful whenever you approached him, and his test and quizes were almost always straight from the homework. If you do the homework, you get credit. After homework is due he puts the anwsers on the web, which makes it easy to study. I really turned a 180 on what I think about this guy. If you're up for the task I would think that this is the guy for you. He also give extra credit which can be up to 10% of your grade. That's right 10%

ME 212


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Feb 2003
Quite possibly one of the worst teachers I have ever had at Cal Poly... or ever for that matter. I do not want to seem at all discriminatory, but I think it is important for a professor to have a working knowledge of the English language to teach. Elghandour has anything but that


Junior
C
Required (Support)
Aug 2003
EE was one of the nicest teacher's I've had at Poly. He wasn't very good at explaining things in the classroom, but would go out of his way to help in office hours, or by organizing review sessions, even though he was sick with 102 degree fever. He really does care about the students, and tries helping them succeed by adding fun extra credit projects to the class. Although, I first wasn't sure if I liked him, I think that he always went out of his way to try and help out any student. The way to pass his class is finding the tricks....most of the time, quizzes come straight from the homework.

CE 251


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2009
This guy is absolutely terrible. I had him for CE251, the MATLAB course, which could be a good course, as MATLAB is a pretty powerful tool for engineers. However, this guy doesn't know much about the subject he is teaching. He knows the basics of MATLAB, but he was unable to answer ANY of my questions regarding more complex functions. It is frustrating when you have to spend an hour looking online for an answer to a question your professor should know. He also emphasizes procedures that any logical person would dismiss, such as finding a regression line for an EQUATION WE ARE GIVEN! The class is pretty easy, but everything in it takes so long to do because he assigns homework and quizzes on material that he never covers. It is also very tedious as it is. He also has a terrible accent and his voice is extremely annoying. Listening to him for 1 1/2 hours makes you want to kill yourself. He is also completely theory based. None of his knowledge has any practical applications. He won't be able to correctly answer anything based on real life structural scenarios. He always uses the theoretical to complicate the shit out of a process when there is already a predefined way of doing it that is much easier and just as effective. Do not take this guy!


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Mar 2009
Dr. Elghandour is an outstanding lecture. It is very obvious that he knows his materials. If you put in a lot of effort it is very easy to get a decent grade and if you go to his office you we learn alot. this guy is the most helpfully guy in his office and give you the time you want. I do not agree with the below comments. Since our class is too early sometime is hard to attend the class. His quizzes and exams are very hard he expect you to know the materials, this class cover a lot of subject especially Math. .I will take him again


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2009
"this course covers alot of subject", sounds like something someone with a poor mastery the English language would write to me.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2009
Get ready to teach yourself the whole course fortunately the material isn't too hard if you put in the time. 4 quizzes, 5 hw assignments and one midterm. Just countless iterations of pointless equations that our calculators do all of this for us these days so most of this class is pointless to learn. you get an equation sheet for tests and quizzes so just write down the equations from every chapter and you'll be fine. Overall, he is up there with the worst teachers i have had at Cal Poly. Whoever said he was decent for this class we must have been in different classes because I did not learn a single thing from him.


Senior
C
Required (Major)
Mar 2009
Elghandour is a very nice guy, no doubt about it. His accent will take you a few days to figure out, but once you get over that, he isn't difficult to understand. Anyways, his lectures are pretty good, The homework in this class is grueling, it takes so much time to complete so start it early. The quizzes are adequate, as are the midterms. The final however was unexpected. Gooooooo to him if you have a problem to understand and he will spend a lot of time to help you.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2009
Dr. Elghandour is a great structure teacher and really cares about his students. The only problem to the instructor, we have students taking the class they never had STATICS get the professor not do a lot of engineering application. His class teaches a lot of Math materials and he assign a lot of HW, quizzes, midterms and final test for the MATLAB lab different than the lecture. I definitely recommend this professor, especially for Engineering and graduate students because he teach you to learn how to design engineering projects, Take him and be ready for a lot of work.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2009
I took this guy for CE 251 and an online dynamics course over the summer through cuesta. During the online course I had to communicate with him by email quite a bit. Something I noticed about some of the positive reviews on him is that they contain the same awkward wording and butchered syntax as his emails. Now I am not suggesting that every positive review was written by him, I know people who took this guy for 207 and liked him, but for 251, he was abysmal. For lecture he just copied example problems out of the “tickest book”, right down to the decimal place. He provided no instruction for lab whatsoever, all he did was handout photocopies from another textbook. As for him knowing the material , there were at least four times when he showed us something that was verifiably wrong , in one case he didn’t even know how to use a formula he wrote on the board (it was an error estimate for Simpsons rule, in numerical integration). He is a super nice guy and to be fair, when I took him it was his first time teaching this class, but that doesn’t change the fact that he did a terrible job. One piece of advice if you’re taking this class: learn how to use your graphing calculator, everything you do in this class can be done automatically with a TI-83. You still have to show your work, but it’s good to check.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2009
He talks way to fast and If you can get beyond his accent. Take advantage of his office hours since he will help you a lot in there. Final and Midterm for his lab were fairly but his quizzes were very difficult. He did help me on CE-204 materials.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2009
I don't enjoy writing this, because he's a genuinely nice guy. He'd be a nice uncle or something. That being said, he can't teach. He absolutely can't. Or doesn't care, or something. I am not trying to toot my own horn when I say, with maybe 2 hours of prep before each class, I could do a much better job teaching than him. The good news is the material is really easy. Honestly though, every time I got up for the 8-9:30AM class, by the time I wished I had slept through it, because it was a complete waste of time. Lets get down to specifics. He always shows up about 9 minutes late, except on test days. Generally, class consists of a couple minutes of theory which he explains terribly, but it doesn't matter, it's not important. For maybe an average of 20 minutes of an 80 minute class, he'll talk about what he deems important for an engineer to know, but doesn't relate to the class at all. The rest of the class is spent on examples, straight out of the "thickest" book. Often they are homework problems, so you probably should copy them down. He doesn't explain how to do it, and generally only writes the answer on the board. Which sometimes is wrong. There are long periods in class where nothing is really going on. You are supposed to be working on an example problem, but he hasn't explained how to do it. The lab is probably worse. Although we were in a classroom equipped with a projector, he never once actually projected Matlab. The point of the lab was to learn Matlab. He sometimes wrote code on the blackboard, but more often then not there were minor errors, which he could not find, because he didn't actually put it in Matlab. He never really excuses the class, people just start to leave, because there is nothing to do. Now I know this is starting to sound scary. Its not scary though, its just a waste. Its not really a problem that he doesn't teach. First off, this class is pointless and the information you learn from it is not needed unless you are a computer science major, which you aren't. Basically, this class teaches you how to estimate things which a calculator can easily find the exact value for in less then a second. Literally, that is 98% of the class. Also, the pointless material is extremely easy. Homework is tedious, but extremely simple. Although I wouldn't call the book good, it has fairly good examples which you can copy, substituting in the values for the homework problems. Show up the day before the midterm and the final. He will tell you exactly whats going to be on the tests. The test never has tricks, and has exactly what he says will be on it. I thought this would be hard class, it was a joke. A complete waste, but an easy waste. The material could be learned in about 10 hours, instead of 30, if taught effectively. I hear Elghandour isnt teaching 251 next quarter, so this all may be pointless.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Jun 2009
Professor Elghandour is a very nice guy. He was a really great teacher who cares about his students and wants everyone to learn the material and get excited about Numerical Analysis... a fair amount of busy work, but overall, relevant to the course and useful for the tests. Just go to class! Class was so early I didn't go a few times and my grade definitely reflected that. Usually the classes were interesting enough. Second time taking his class and he made the class so easy this quarter. The tests can be difficult but as long as you study you should be fine. Can sometimes not present the material so clearly but he is so helpful if you go to his office hours. He will help anyone who needs them; he even offered to call me so he could explain the material more clearly if I needed. Overall the class was interesting and he was a good professor.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Aug 2009
Elghandour has a heart. He cares about his students... unlike that cold-hearted Westmann.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Feb 2010
He will confuse you. You will leave class jaded and bitter. This class is hardly relevant and Elghandour makes sure of this. Do not take this professor. However if you choose too, get used to his catchphrase, \"You follow me guys, or not?\" He will say this about 30-50 times an hour. I wish this was a joke.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2010
EE is a great teacher and really cares about his students. Take him and be ready for a lot of work and go to his office hours if you have any questions and he will help a lot.


Junior
D
Required (Major)
Jun 2010
I had EE for 204 and liked him so much i took him for 251 too. He is really smart as engineer and can teach any class. He is one of the most helpful instructors I\'ve ever had. He is truly in his profession for the students, and it shows. He would come early and stay late for his scheduled office hours to help the countless students (like me and other students) who were baffled by the course content until we reached some sort of understanding of the material. He teaches a lot by examples, which is how I learn best. I would totally recommend him. And if you take Elghandour, GO TO HIS OFFICE HOURS! Especially if you don\'t understand the homework. Often his quizzes were problems taken from the hw or very similar to the hw.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2010
Professor EE was a great teacher!!!!!!! I should have done better. The class itself is a very tough class and it can be hard to fully understand all the covered material in the lectures but Dr. EE does his best to get through everything and make sure everyone understands. He is extremely helpful in office hours. If you are having trouble he is very willing to help you out in his office one on one. The tests were hard but it wasn\\\'t anything we hadn\\\'t seen before, just more difficult problems from Static, Strength of Materials, than we were used to. I did the homework and studied for tests but I blanked on the final exam worth 40 points and screwed my grade! Overall. He grades on a curve. I recommend him highly he\'s a great guy.


Sophomore
D
Required (Major)
Jun 2010
Professor Elghandour a nice guy and care about his students. If you can get beyond his accent after the first week you will be okay. Take advantage of his office hours since he will help you a lot in there for any class. Final and Midterm for his lab were fairly but his quizzes more difficult. I will take him again.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2010
CE 251 is divided into two different parts: a lecture about numerical analysis, and a lab about MATLAB programming. I felt the lecture material was not presented too clearly, but it is honestly very easy material if you read the book. In fact, that\'s the only way you learn to solve homework/test problems, by looking at the book\'s examples and emulating the process it uses. Luckily there is not much variation in the type of questions asked on hw/quizzes/midterm. The lab portion was also a bit confusing. I only had prior knowledge of javascript, but any programming experience will be a huge help. I did notice a lot of those who hadn\'t ever programmed before struggled with the concepts and ended up discussing the assignments with friends/those nearby. The quizzes are unpredictable- he will ask to do a task you have never encountered before in the program, and you will have to look at the help guide or online to figure it out, which may or may not be successful. Overall though, more than generous with partial credit on midterms and final (his grader for labs and quizzes was kinda stingy though), but with effort and a little willingness to learn material on your own, it should be alright.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Oct 2010
Ok, The lecture and lab are totally unrelated. The lecture is really easy stuff you can teach yourself better in a couple hours than he can teach all quarter. The lab is just learning how to use MatLab.... on your own. He provides a powerpoint with various commands listed then just tells you to use the \"help\" button to figure out how to use the commands. He grades difficultly throughout the quarter then provides a bit of a boost at the end by giving extra credit assignments to those who wish to pass the class. If you take this class.....Good Luck.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2010
I don\'t understand how this guy gets any good reviews. He is seriously the worst teacher I\'ve ever had. He\'s obviously really smart, but he is a terrible teacher. Lectures are useless because he zooms through transparencies and does little to explain anything. DON\'T TAKE HIM... you got me, guys?


Junior
D
Required (Support)
Nov 2010
Elghandour is an outstanding lecture in to many different course. It is very obvious that he knows his shit materials. If you put in a lot of effort it is very easy to get a decent grade and if you go to his office you we learn alot from him. He is the most helpfully prof. in his office and give you the time you want. I do not agree with must of the below comments. Since our class is too early sometime is hard to attend the class. His quizzes and exams are very hard he expect you to know the all the Math courses you had, Statics, Strength of materials ce-204 and ce-207, this class cover a lot of subject especially Math. I will take him again.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2010
If you like teachers that show up habitually late to class, test you on material from CE 207 you haven\'t learned yet, can\'t speak english, can\'t convey material well, doesn\'t take you seriously in office hours and lectures on material that will be on midterms you are going to have the same week then take Dr. EE. He fails on all aspects of a teacher and should be fired from Cal Poly asap. The only reason people below have rated him higher than a 0 would probably be because he is a nice guy, however he fails on so many levels as a teacher I have no sympathy for him at all.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2010
Elghandor knows his stuff that\'s for sure. He\'s really nice and wants you to do well. Sometimes he goes too fast through his lectures but he\'s all around a decent teacher. He tries to incorporate all different kinds of engineering applications which is interesting. I think the subject material is a little boring, and difficult so teaching it is a tough job.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2011
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No Credit
General Ed
Jan 2011
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Graduate Student
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2011
I don't enjoy writing this, because he's a genuinely nice guy. He'd be a nice uncle or something. That being said, he can't teach. He absolutely can't. Or doesn't care, or something. I am not trying to toot my own horn when I say, with maybe 2 hours of prep before each class, I could do a much better job teaching than him. The good news is the material is really easy. Honestly though, every time I got up for the 8-9:30AM class, by the time I wished I had slept through it, because it was a complete waste of time. Lets get down to specifics. He always shows up about 9 minutes late, except on test days. Generally, class consists of a couple minutes of theory which he explains terribly, but it doesn't matter, it's not important. For maybe an average of 20 minutes of an 80 minute class, he'll talk about what he deems important for an engineer to know, but doesn't relate to the class at all. The rest of the class is spent on examples, straight out of the "thickest" book. Often they are homework problems, so you probably should copy them down. He doesn't explain how to do it, and generally only writes the answer on the board. Which sometimes is wrong. There are long periods in class where nothing is really going on. You are supposed to be working on an example problem, but he hasn't explained how to do it. The lab is probably worse. Although we were in a classroom equipped with a projector, he never once actually projected Matlab. The point of the lab was to learn Matlab. He sometimes wrote code on the blackboard, but more often then not there were minor errors, which he could not find, because he didn't actually put it in Matlab. He never really excuses the class, people just start to leave, because there is nothing to do. Now I know this is starting to sound scary. Its not scary though, its just a waste. Its not really a problem that he doesn't teach. First off, this class is pointless and the information you learn from it is not needed unless you are a computer science major, which you aren't. Basically, this class teaches you how to estimate things which a calculator can easily find the exact value for in less then a second. Literally, that is 98% of the class. Also, the pointless material is extremely easy. Homework is tedious, but extremely simple. Although I wouldn't call the book good, it has fairly good examples which you can copy, substituting in the values for the homework problems. Show up the day before the midterm and the final. He will tell you exactly whats going to be on the tests. The test never has tricks, and has exactly what he says will be on it. I thought this would be hard class, it was a joke. A complete waste, but an easy waste. The material could be learned in about 10 hours, instead of 30, if taught effectively. I hear Elghandour isnt teaching 251 next quarter, so this all may be pointless.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2011
Dr. Elghandour, please read this because I know you must not be reading your course evaluations. Stop belittling us, stop with your idiotic stories, stop assigning homeworks that you do not know how to do, stop losing my papers, stop coming to class late because you think there are more important things to do, stop teaching me about binary numbers, stop telling me about parabolic curve fits in a Matlab course, stop loafing, stop typing emails when I come to your office hours, and finally, please stop working for Cal Poly. You have wasted 1 quarter and 4 credits of my education, and on behalf of all of us: please quit.


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Feb 2011
Hands down the worst teacher I've ever had. Elghandour tried to teach numerical methods by putting problems on the over head and talking about them. I stopped taking notes about three weeks into the quarter because it was worthless. The guy talks about the slides then takes them down, if by the odd chance you weren't asleep and taking notes theres no way you could have copied everything down. He's terrible in his office hours and had none during finals week. His test are fair but its nearly imposible to learn the material.


Junior
C
Required (Support)
May 2011
Had him for CE 207 and CE 251 lab and lecture. I can't believe this guy is teaching. I hear he's great for AERO electives, but WOW...this guy sucks. He's brilliant to a fault. He doesn't understand where students get confused and skips over difficult concepts and emphasizes da eazy concepts. Constantly belittles everyone, saying his 8th grade daughter can do the same MATLAB commands. He trains us very well to use the HELP option, which is worthless 50% of the time. Worst lecturer I've ever had (including at junior college). The guy doesn't work through problems, but uses variables for everything, half the time you can't tell his "a"'s from his "y"'s (figure that one out). Please don't take him. He is a disgrace to Cal Poly, waste of our time and money, and a terrible professor.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2012
Elghandour is a funny dude. You don't really learn anything from him but the class is very easy. You'll hear him say "YOU GET DAT ONE GUYSS????" like fifty times every time he lectures and it's hilarious. The HW, tests, and quizzes are extremely easy and contain material we all have already learned. lol


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2012
I totally agree with the post below. His number one phrase "hey guys _____ (fill in the blank)" anyways he a genuine guy who cares about his students. Honestly, its just a language issue with elghandour. Though his midterm and final were extremely long for the amount of time your given


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2012
Elghandour is a really nice professor, but he isn't very great at teaching the material. Lecture was very pointless and all the methods in class can be used on your calculator. Lab was the huge portion of the course and is an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the MATLAB commands. However, every time Elghandour writes a script file on the board, the code is usually full of errors, considering that he didn't input the code into MATLAB. The homework is very straightforward and the problems are pretty much the same as the example problems in the book. Quizzes, the midterm, and the final were not too difficult. You just had to be willing to get up early in the morning, not fall asleep through lecture, and write down what will be on the quizzes/midterm. Overall, Elghandour is an average professor. I learned the material much better on my own than going to lecture. P.S. If you do take Elghandour, be ready to hear a wave of "Did you get that one, guys?" He literally says this 20 times during lecture.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2012
Dr. Elghandour\'s lectures are always very fast paced, but that is because this class has a lot of material to cover, all math materials and strength mechanics materials. There is weekly MATLAB homework and quizzes or midterm and lecture homework and then a midterm and a final. The midterm and final were just more slightly more difficult than the homework, but there was always one much more challenging problem. Dr. EE is very helpful during office hours. If you ask questions when you don\'t understand things during class/go to office hours you should be fine. I will take him again.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Apr 2013
Elghandour is one of the WORST professors I've ever had. He always makes mistakes and creates impossible exams. Avoid him at all costs!!! He has pop quizzes all the time. He will see a mistake on a quiz 20 minutes into it then tell everyone to redo the problem after we already did it. His final was impossible and nobody finished. I got a 21/40 on the final. This class is pointless and many people (industry included) say you never use matlab. Waste of time. Only good thing, Elghandour curves the class like a mofo so everyone did pretty well despite failing everything.


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Jun 2013
This class is hard as heck, but it doesn't matter because it's going to be excel from now on.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
May 2014
Elghandour means well but is one of the worst professors I have had. His quizzes are impossible and he assigns way too much work. He does not know how to present the material and the tests you on stuff you have not even learned yet. I hated going to this class. He will assign classwork, homework, projects, quizzes and not let you work on any of it during class.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2014
Dr. Elghandour was not the worst professor I have ever had. He was very helpful during office hours and was there when you needed any help. He tends not to respond to emails only because he expects us to write our questions on the forums on PolyLearn. There is a big curve in the class. Even if you do poorly on the midterm and quizzes, you can still get a good grade in the class. He bases your grade based on how everyone else did in the class. The class was very independent. He lectured only for 15 minutes and then let us do the in class activities and homework. It was a lot of work for a 2 unit class, but the work wasn't hard. The quizzes, midterm, and final were really hard though. Even though they were all open book/open note, they did not seem to reflect the tests. His multiple choices may have a, b, c, d, e, and f. Not only that, you may have to write a description of why the answer is f. I didn't know what to expect on the quizzes, midterm, and final. I stopped reading the book carefully after seeing the first quiz. You mostly have to teach yourself in this class. Due to the limited lectures, a lot of students always felt lost about how to do certain activities. I suggest finding a friend who is good at programming. The second half of the quarter is all programming/VBA and it's way harder than the excel portion (first half).


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Jul 2015
EE is a great professor. He conveys the material decently and makes himself available to his students. He wants to see all of his students succeed and will put in numerous hours to do so. His quizzes are a bit too extreme, they relate to such specific information it makes it hard to study for them. Definitely helps if you already know about computer programming. The project was really cool and after taking this class I want to program everything to make my life easier. He does have an accent but its not that bad, you can get used to it. Programming takes lots of practice, understanding the way the logic works is helpful if you can verify the answers by hand.

CE 344


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Jan 2011
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CE 402


5th Year Senior
C
Elective
Feb 2011
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AERO 432


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2010
He is great teacher in his office hours but is very difficult to follow during lecture he speaks very fast unless you already know what he\'s talking about or site very close to him in the front of the class. I was frustrated with the amount of time I had to put into a one unit class. The labs are quick, the write ups are annoying and studying for the quizzes are a pain since most of this stuff I have already forgotten (my bad). His grader is also very harsh, no partial credit. You either get it or you don\'t. My recommendation for students taking him is to definitely go to the office hours with any questions; he\'ll really help you there. And don\'t be afraid to ask again if you didn\'t understand. Dr. Elghandour assigns a lot of homework! You are rewarded for completing it though, since the test questions are taken directly from the homework.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2010
He is great teacher in his office hours but is very difficult to follow during lecture he speaks very fast unless you already know what he\'s talking about or site very close to him in the front of the class. I was frustrated with the amount of time I had to put into a one unit class. The labs are quick, the write ups are annoying and studying for the quizzes are a pain since most of this stuff I have already forgotten (my bad). His grader is also very harsh, no partial credit. You either get it or you don\'t. My recommendation for students taking him is to definitely go to the office hours with any questions; he\'ll really help you there. And don\'t be afraid to ask again if you didn\'t understand. Dr. Elghandour assigns a lot of homework! You are rewarded for completing it though, since the test questions are taken directly from the homework.

AERO 433


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Oct 2008
This guy is a great lecturer for the engineering students. He is the man you can ask him question related to a different topic in engineer. He is willing to help all students at any time.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Oct 2008
This guy is a great lecturer for the engineering students. He is the man you can ask him question related to a different topic in engineer. He is willing to help all students at any time.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2010
Good teacher. Made the class interesting special with composite materials information he added to his lab. Take him and you will learn the real world problems.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2010
Dr. Elghandor is not just a great teacher, but an overall great person. If he could stay all day to help you understand something, he would. He doesn\\\'t care about cramming a tons of information in your head, but by giving you useful knowledge through the Learn By Doing Experimental Stress Analysis and adding part of composite fabrication and testing to our lab Cal Poly says it upholds, but let\\\'s face it, it rarely does. I wish all my teachers were like Dr. Elghandor just because I would feel like I learned something I can use in my future. Such a nice guy. You won\\\'t be disappointed.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2011
Dr.Ghandour is a very good teacher. He expects a very detailed lab report every week, but he KNOWS what he talks about in class. He will let you do a lot of hand-on, that what cal poly for take his lab any time. I would recommend Dr. Ghandorr to any student that wants to learn something. Go to lecture everyday and don't be afraid to ask questions, that's what he is there for.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
May 2011
Dr. EE is great! I liked going to class everyday. He's goofy and definitely makes the material more understandable. Definitely take any lab with him if you need to learn by doing.

GSA 533


Senior
B
Required (Support)
Nov 2016
This is the first C I have recieved in my entire life. I hope that says something to all of you out there watching their GPA. Do not take him--this class was a nightmare!