Dolan, Dale  

Electrical Engineering

2.14/4.00

14 evaluations


EE 201


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2010
Dolan was pretty good. Nothing really stands about him or his style, but he teaches well, so that\'s all that matters. He has a slight sense of dry humor which is nice sometimes. He doesn\'t assign homework which killed off half of the class on the midterms, but if you DO it anyways and talk to him in office hours which seemed to always be empty of other students when I went, you\'ll learn a lot. Grading is sensible: two tests, a quiz, and a final. Oh yah, don\'t buy the text at the bookstore for 160 or whatever. Get a softcover or something online.

EE 211


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2013
He seemed really apathetic about teaching, and after the first two-three weeks he basically doesn't lecture at all. I had to self-study everything in this class. He is cognizant of where the class is in the course and the tests and quizzes are written fairly and appropriately. Overall, I would avoid him.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2013
Prof Dolan isn't the most enthusiastic lecturer, but he gets the job done. His tests and quizzes were fair and covered the core material pretty well. And once you get him talking, you can tell he enjoys EE. Be warned that he likes to talk about his grading curve a lot. Sometimes for half of the class time. Which is a lot when there's only class twice a week and he cancels class fairly often. Overall though, when he is teaching, he covers the material efficiently and effectively.

EE 212


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Nov 2013
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Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2018
Dolan's reviews dont show the whole picture. He goes through the material systematically and does lots of examples. He is a great guy and if you go to his office hours he actually does want to help you unlike some other professors. His class consisted of weekly homework and quizzes, a midterm and a final. The quizzes are weighted pretty heavy, but they give you a great understanding of what will be on the test and final. Aside from the obvious, if you want to take this class with Dolan just go to his office hours and study for the quizzes

EE 255


5th Year Senior
N/A
Elective
Jun 2011
Nice guy and quite funny actually. He is very straightforward with the quiz and tests as far as telling you what to expect. The grading scheme is such that 82-100 is an A, and then everything else is just shifted down. This class can be over your head if you're an M.E though. I would recommend something more practical especially as an elective.


Senior
N/A
Elective
Nov 2012
The tests and quizzes aren't too bad but he really struggles to present the material in a way that anyone can understand it. You will end up teaching your self most of the material. Thankfully it's really not all that hard. However, I would probably only spend about half the time I spend on this class if he could truly teach the material.


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Jun 2017
This guy is not a good professor in lecture format. He never teaches the same way twice, even within the same week. One day it's powerpoint only, the next it's a quasi-example-based "lecture" where he half-explains the material in jumbled sentences. He seems to know the material really well, he just struggles to communicate it in a way that is in any way understandable. He could easily be a good professor if he just took the time to actually make a course schedule and plan his lectures, but he's lazy about it, and it shows. I would not recommend him unless you're really dedicated to teaching yourself the material, because he won't do it for you.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Oct 2017
He is knowledgeable about the subject, but all the examples in class are catered toward power generation, and he bases his lectures around examples. This isn't bad in and of itself, but the examples seem ill prepared, and as a student, it was hard to take notes or follow what he was doing. Thankfully he posts notes online, but I feel like I just faked my way through this class by memorizing how to solve the problems instead of understanding the material. I wish it wasn't, but this class is really just plug and chug. Granted, I am not a power guy so I didn't have high expectations for this class anyways.

EE 295


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2018
Did not enjoy the prelab quizzes. Knows the material well and can troubleshoot any problem.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2018
Overall, Dolan is a good lab professor. The lab consists of a prelab quiz and him lecturing for about the first hour and then the lab itself which typically took an hour. The pre-lab quizzes are fairly difficult so study the lab sheet before class! With any problems during the lab he's very willing to help although he can kind of talk down to you at times. He requires a lab report every week, but if it's a shorter lab you just have to give him your data and answer a few question and you have a week to do it. Definitely try and get partners that actually contribute to the report. His lab final is written and practical. The written portion was fairly hard but the practical is easy.

EE 420


Senior
N/A
Elective
Mar 2018
People above are not joking when they say that this professor is incredibly lazy. This class had such an amazing potential to be great. But it was just a show and tell lecture were he incoherently presents information straight out of a power point. The only real work done in this class were the lab assignments which weren't the most difficult thing in the world. There is the benefit that you'll get some good experience using matlab, but it's not the most applied thing. He takes forever to upload his lecture slides (not that they're great by any means). Studying for his final exam is complete BS. I don't know about his other classes, but he mentioned the book once for this class and then never touched on it again. Then he suddenly gives us textbook problems to prepare for the final exam. That would normally be great if it didn't feel like I'm cramming information that was never taught in the class. If you're an EE trying to get in an extra power class and you're already stuck with this guy in 406, don't do it. You're better off asking Poshtan to let you into his 511 class or take 417 with Nafisi in the fall. 420 isn't worth it. If you're just interested in sustainability, then you definitely won't learn it here.

ME 872


5th Year Senior
C
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
Business majors: A degree for the intellectually impaired, HA HA.

EE 999


Graduate Student
A
Elective
Jan 2018
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