course
Atomic Scale Engineering: New Materials

Oct 2013

Treat yourself to a class with Professor Noyan—for at least a semester, you’ll become a “gentleperson.” Columbia (particularly SEAS) has its fair share of Ben Stein “Bueller… Ferris… Bueller”-esque professors, but Professor Noyan falls decidedly outside this group. A lecture with Noyan is much more than an exercise in blackboard transcription. Starting on the first day of Atomic Scale Engineering, he greeted us by name (as “Mr. __” or “Ms. __”) and engaged us with questions about the material, cracking jokes and jumping about with more energy than 90% of the class. The course had no required textbook, and the lectures explored curiosities about the workings of the world: What is color? How do lasers, refrigerators, and fiber optics work? How do you make a superior sword? The lectures benefit not just from Professor Noyan’s personality, but also from his work at IBM and various national laboratories. You’ll solve problems involving everything from toilet making to turkey cooking, and discuss some philosophy, history, art, and architecture in between. Noyan’s teaching style was much the same for Elements of Materials Science, though due to the larger class size and foundational nature of the course, the lectures and homework followed a course textbook closely. Good luck, “chaps.”

May 2010

Professor Noyan is an incredibly intelligent and engaging lecturer. That being said, this class is a hefty one, far beyond your typical 1xxx level course. The work load is not heavy, but the concepts discussed in this class are fairly advanced and will cover a large amount of material. This was an extremely rewarding class with a moderately difficult midterm and a somewhat easier final. It was easily my favorite class of the semester.

Oct 2009

I took this class thinking that I might minor in Materials Science and Engineering. Bailey changed my mind pretty quickly. He is an awful lecturer. He fills a board a minute with random equations and diagrams, and spends most of his time talking at the board. He never looks around to answer questions that anyone has. He continuously repeats things to hammer it in your head, but this adds dullness to his already sleep-inducing lectures. The class would be tolerable if his readings were helpful, but they only help a little, and he hands them out two weeks after he's covered the material. His homework refers to the most obscure sections of the lectures and the readings. The only good thing about him is that he's willing to meet outside of class, but that wouldn't be necessary if he was clearer in class. And chances are, the material he's presenting is so over your head you won't know what to ask.

Apr 2009

a pretty ridiculous class all around. prof. bailey is pretty disorganized. theres no textbook and the notes are all over the place, so the material is hard to follow. bailey doesnt understand what material is hard to grasp and what material is pretty simple. all the work culminates at the end in a single test, 10 page paper and a presentation. to his credit he means well but this is not the course to take to fulfill the pre-professional requirement.

Dec 2008

Horrible Course. Don't take it. Bailey is one of the many Columbia teachers who care more about their own research than teaching students. He canceled so many classes that our midterm was on the last day of classes. He is extremely soft spoken, so much so that sleeping in the 4pm class was quite easy. There was a final paper and project where he looked for ways to grill presenters. Didn't get a lot out of this class. I'd say even if you are a material science major, consider a different pre-prof, and if you aren't stay away.

May 2007

Nice guy, dull class. Dull dull dull. He's really into what he does, but the lectures still don't stick for some reason. If you are bad at chemistry (hint: I am bad at chemistry), you may have a tough time with it, but he's the world's most forgiving grader. (Comments like "This shows a complete lack of understanding of the material. B+.") We also had about eight classes this term cancelled. Draw from that what you will.

Apr 2007

Professor Bailey is great professor for the intro level material science class. Albeit if you don't like material science, you will hate the professor, but if you do like mat sci, Professor Bailey is hilarious professor. Yes, he sometimes speaks a different language, not literally, but there's always a TA there to help translate. He gets so caught up in teaching they he often forgets to assign homework... and even forgets to give a midterm. He pushes off all the problem sets and midterm until the end of the semester, but they are not hard at all. Go to class, enjoy his very subtle and geeky sense of humor. He has such strange quirks that lecture was never boring. But again, if you aren't planning on majoring in material science, or a field closely related, you probably shouldn't take this class. Only a true love for crystal structures and doping will make this class enjoyable.

Oct 2006

Nice guy, really smart. Moderatly easy class. If you do your work and go to class most of the time you can't get lower than a B+. I think no one in my class did. His lectures are rather bland, but some of it is rather interesting. Recommended

May 2006

There are much, much easier 1000 level courses to take for the credits you need. Unless you have a genuine interest in materials, avoid this one like the plague. Bailey is a good professor though.

Jul 2004

Prof. Bailey is a very nice person--he's willing to help you and answer questions in class. HOWEVER, his lectures are quite boring, esp. for a class that's from 6:50pm to 9:20pm. He focuses on magnetic properties of materials A LOT. If you are interested in materials science, the class does give you a taste of what it is like. But the lectures aren't stimulating AT ALL.