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Materials Science and Engineering

May 17, 2005

Noyan, Ismail Silver_nugget
Materials Science and Engineering

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Professor Noyan is brilliant, engaging, enthusiastic, and occasionally humorous. It's impossible not to like him. That being said, this is one of the most difficult classes I've ever taken, and most students in the class will remain until the very end completely puzzled as to what is expected of them. There is a TON of material, and it is all very dense. Sometimes it seems that he expects us to know too much going into the class, and the notes we get in class are often the kind that we can't even make an effort to try to understand them. This is a sink-or-swim class, albeit with a great professor.

Workload:

Homework consists of random questions he gives us in class or occasionally in the notes. There is a term paper/presentation we give on the last day of class on basically anything we want, which is probably a good grade booster. Midterm and final are scientific essay type questions; they are often extremely difficult, but graded very generously--take good notes.

May 02, 2005

Noyan, Ismail Silver_nugget
Materials Science and Engineering

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I completely agree with what the previous review said, and much more. He knew the material front-back and had no problem whatsoever conveying it in an absolutely engaging way. He always got the class involved, with the questions and very frequently went off on interesting tangents that if nothing else, give you some cool facts, but usually, apply what your learning about to the real world. He was not only completely approachable and understanding, but even took the whole class, (albeit 10 people) on a field trip to the IBM 300 mm manufacturing plant in upstate New York. He is definately one of the best professors I've had at Columbia, and I would highly recommend him for any class.

Workload:

Usually the weekly hw consisted of random questions he would ask in class during the course of the lecture, and googling them was pretty much the only answer. The midterm and final are open note and are essay answers as opposed to problem solving. There was also one research paper (2/3 pages) you have to write and present to the class on a materials science related thing, anything you want.

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