Cardinal, Kristen  

Biomedical Engineering

2.20/4.00

10 evaluations


BMED 111


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Apr 2012
K Card is OK. She presents the material clearly, but it's not particularly engaging, which it should be considering the subject matter. Overall the class and the attitude seemed to be "You'll need these things to get through college and get a job," which is fine, except I feel like I should have been happy I was learning things in my major. Puts too much emphasis on professionalism and not on love of what you do.

LIB 326


Freshman
B
General Ed
Nov 2016
I learned that if I were to take up hunting, I should shoot deer, not bears, because a bear will hunt me back if I successfully wound it. Fascinating! I didnt know that the key to production and operations management was so brutally simple!

ENGR 400


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Jul 2011
Treats her students like little children. Your grade is determined entirely by your attendance, busy work assignments, kissing her butt, and most importantly, how much she likes you.

BMED 420


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2012
The best thing about her is how passonate she is about the subjects she teaches. She is very approachable in office hours and always smiles at you and really makes you feel like NO question is a stupid question. She assigns homework that is basically a literature review of journal articles...which is what all us BMEDS may be doing in industry someday so this was very practical. Her lectures are very informative, she outlines what she will talk about, asks thought-provoking-questions, encourages group discussion, and could probably explain this stuff to my grandmother. Her tests are fair but challenging, her lab is conducted in a very timely and respectable mannor, and she treats each student like a professional.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2012
Good prof; good lectures; relevant, complementary text (though you can easily get by without buying it); excellent labs. High expectations on the lab reports, which I like. However she is not upfront about her expectations... about WHAT exactly she wants on her labs and test answers. There are no "example" labs, yet by the time you get feedback you've already turned in two labs and an exam. She says "oh, the rubric is pretty clear about what I want" but know now that her expectations for a lab report are far higher than other BMED profs, T-Card included. She can also be somewhat vague on some of the exam Qs. Many trip up on providing the "right" kind of answer - not the knowledge behind the answer. For example, you'll lose a fair chunk for not writing down the initial equation (i.e. y=mx+b) before plugging in your numbers, despite the equation being given right on the test. How stupid is that. Those kids that score 100% on the midterm? They have the old exams - which I hear are word-for-word with the current exams. Again, damn stupid. Flaws aside, her classes (both Cardinals, in fact) are among the most useful courses a BMED student will take. It's alot of work and initial expectations WILL be unclear but try to enjoy it.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
Really strict and insanely high standards on labs (even for the first ones). Even more pretentious than her husband. Take this class with Whitt for the love of god

ENGR 420


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Sep 2011
She is an effective professor overall. Her teaching style is very clear. Tests are mostly fair. If a good portion of people mess up a question, she'll explain the answer in class. She does go out of her way to get people involved with her lectures, which is good or bad, depending on who you are. I felt it was unnecessary.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2011
I have absolutely no idea why Dr. Cardinal's rating is so low. Her 420 class was by far the most valuable class I have taken so far as a BMED student. As for the comments about your grade being determined by attendance -- I do recall her taking attendance into account, but to say that your grade is determined by that is such a stretch. You shouldn't have anything to worry about if you just show up for the class... She is extremely approachable and helpful during office hours (although she is pretty damn busy - there is almost always a line outside). And yes, she is pretty demanding on her lab write-ups. But I don't understand why students continue to complain about this. I feel so much more capable of writing a professional document now because of her class. And c'mon, it's engineering, it's Cal Poly, you should expect to have some demands by your professors. And this isn't Dynamics or Fluids. Overall, great teacher. If you get a chance to work with her for your Senior Project, you will be super fortunate. She knows her stuff and is genuinely excited about the projects her students are doing. Also if I remember from ENGR 110, she graduated from Cal Poly with a 4.0 and was on the volleyball team. She's pretty badass.

BMED 510


Graduate Student
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2014
There was very little content presented in this course. The textbook was outdated and a waste of money. The instructor's knowledge of cell culture was also outdated and uninformed. The lab portion of the course was a waste of resources.


Graduate Student
N/A
Elective
Dec 2016
Dr. Cardinal is everything you'd want in a professor: It's clear that Dr. Cardinal has a passion for the subject matter presented in 510 and for teaching students about it as well. She is always engaging and helpful in class and lab, and stays well after in office hours to ensure any and all questions are cleared up. She was always able to make the material relatable and interesting. For anyone interested in tissue engineering this is definitely the class and professor to take; she knows her stuff and wants to help you know it too.