course
Materials/Processes in Manufacturing

Jun 2014

As has been said in previous reviews, Prof Yao really knows his subject well and loves it. He is very willing to get involved in whatever questions you have, occassionally a little too involved. I had high expectations for the lectures that quickly vanished, as more skill was required to stay alert during the last dozen lectures than to complete the final exam. The most interesting part of the class was the project, where you get to apply the abstract lecture notes to real hardware. If you can, try to connect each lecture with real world application and hardware you see on a daily basis, otherwise you can quickly get lost in the plethora of terms and graphs. While the material throughout the entire course is worthwhile to learn, good luck staying awake in lectures. On the other hand, the books on reserve cover almost all the material in a clear but not-so-concise way. One tip: many questions on the final are recycled from previous practice exams.