Professor Steingart was always VERY prepared for the lectures and easily understood. He speaks slow and clearly and stops to answer questions and gauge feedback regularly along with being very approachable. Professor Steingart goes out of his way to appeal to students of every department. He is extremely approachable and willing to play devils advocate and entertain questions to spark understanding and learning of the complicated topics at hand. He doesn't just care about his individual research but the actual class content and the ability for students to absorb the information accurately. He has the ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences and goes out of his way continuously and stays after class and shows up early just to assist students. He has the ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics all while not confusing students even further.
I feel that the other review given to professor Lackner about this class is unfair and represents the annoying part of the class that think they are too cool to come for lectures and then find the exams "ambiguous" and "pointless" (well maybe if you actually paid attention to what was being taught you would understand whats going on). Yes the SIPA students do talk more but that should not be intimidating at all. This class is actually more difficult for SIPA students as it is much too technical for them and if you just took the initiative you could actively be a part of the discussion. The lectures are very interesting and Prof Lackner has a very interesting perspective on a lot of issues regarding contemporary energy policy and technology. There is a lot that can be learnt from taking this class both in lecture and if you involve yourself with even some of the extra material or just google the stuff that he talks about. Its a great starting point to delve into the many issues about energy usage. Also Prof Lackners new format of watching lectures and learning basics on your own and using the class to focus on discussion and interesting case studies really works well and is much better than a man talking at the class for an hour and a half. If youre interested in Energy and dont really know where to start its a good class for you.
Hilarious class. This guy is a hilarious man. Really friendly and good-hearted. You will learn a lot by talking to him BUT this is not a real class. Seriously its not real at all. The prob sets are like HS chemistry and you read HS books. I knew pretty much everything he taught in the class and Im a poli sci major. Its just there to ease up your schedule and for an easy A. Honestly everyone who had half a brain in that class got an A and had fun doing it. The final he let us use a cheat sheet. It could not have been easier and more fun. He doesnt even lecture really. once in a while he will just start being serious but its rare. He usually talks about his careers as MAYOR haha of Teaneck NJ or his son in the military... HE IS A REAL AMERICAN HERO. I like Dave Chappelle..."Jokes and Jokes and JOKES!!!" If you want another joke take this class.
What an annoying class. Seriously. I had to take this class for my EEE requirement, but it shouldn't be mandatory. I can't imagine anyone who would take this class for fun. The material is interesting and relevant but the lecturers are not very enthusiastic and there's really no reason to go to class. I found the material in the book (which you do not need for the course) more interesting. There is no reason to go to this class, or take it at all unless you are REALLY interested in alternative energy and willing to listen to dry presentations. The midterm and final are stupid. They give you around 5 problems that are completely ambiguous- the ones you think are easy end up being hard, and the ones you thought were hard were able to be solved easily. Professor Walker is generally very unhelpful and I also found him to be rude. A big NO THANKS to ever taking one of his classes ever again. Generally a very frustrating class. There are SIPA people who also take the class as well (I guess its both a 2000 level class and a 4000 level class)... which is all fine and dandy unless you end up with the one who was in my class who couldn't really shut up. I would advise against taking it, and if you have to take it for EEE... well then good luck to you... it's gonna be one unpredictable semester.
This class is very unstructured. I took it as my non-departmental engineering class. It didn't feel engineering at all. It was full of rounded numbers and even included a day when we learned PV=nRT! This is because the class is half SIPA students who are learning about this for policy making reasons. While they tout it as trying to encourage cooperation between scientists and policy makers, it does not seem like they should be in the same class. The backgrounds are so different it is hard for a SEAS kid to not be bored in the science part, and lost in the policy part. The professors are well intentioned and approachable, but they don't do a very good job of teaching the material nonetheless. It seems disorganized and the homework assignments, tests, and projects are atrociously not guided.