Asad Abidi

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EL ENGR 3
Introduction to Electrical Engineering Full Profile > 2.3 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 1.7 Helpfulness
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EL ENGR 3
Introduction to Electrical Engineering See Full Profile

Overall 2.3 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 1.7

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EL ENGR 10
Circuit Analysis I Full Profile > 2.6 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 2.4 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness
I took EE10 with professor Abidi last quarter. After studying for more than 8 hours a day for a...
EL ENGR 10
Circuit Analysis I See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 2.0

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I took EE10 with professor Abidi last quarter. After studying for more than 8 hours a day for a little less than a week, I ended up getting a D+ in the class. Here is a comprehensive but non-exhaustive list of things I could of done during that week instead of studying and still end up with the same grade in the class:
1. Watch the entire Lord of the Rings Extended Edition trilogy once a day for a week (including director's commentary)
2. Party with north campus majors who were done with finals or didn't need to study for them
3. Mastrubate probably around 12 times a day, which comes out to maybe 3 times the daily engineer average
4. Write a script and submit it to a Hollywood production company
5. Level up my character in World of Warcraft
6. Catch up on sleep
7. Create my own blog
8. Plan out what quarter would be best for me to retake EE10
9. Go on a weeklong, intense workout problem and end up slightly buffer than before

To be fair, I tried to cram an unpractical ammount of information in one week. That works for alot of professors here, but not Abidi. Basically, the dude's one of the most brilliant lecturers you'll ever find, but he's got about as much regard for you're GPA as most people do for household cockroaches, and unless you're some strange, sick cockroach lover, it's probably not much. If you're someone who doesn't care much for GPA and wants to learn more in a quarter than you ever expected to learn, then by all means sign up for this beast. But if you just want to brush by with minimal effort and only attain an average grasp of the material (ahhhem like me), Professor Abidi will mercilessly strike down upon you with great vengeance.

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EL ENGR 99
Student Research Program Full Profile > 2.6 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 2.8 Clarity 1.6 Helpfulness
I think I've figured this guy out. I started with three options. A. He's a sadistic sociopath who...
EL ENGR 99
Student Research Program See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 1.6

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I think I've figured this guy out. I started with three options.

A. He's a sadistic sociopath who knows he's a master in his field and thus see's no reason to exercise anything more than a baseline level of civility to those he deems as insignificant.

B. He's a sadistic sociopath who wishes to greatly reduce the potential for new ideas and advancement of technology by discouraging would be engineers by imposing impossible standards that only 0.01% of his students can meet.

C. He's actually not a bad guy and has just realized the concept of grades has become greatly distorted and once reputable institutions of higher education have become profit driven diploma mills, and he has decided to tackle this by making it so impossible to get a good grade that grades become irrelevant and students actually stop worrying about grades and take the time to truly invest in understanding the material.

I've decided it is option C.

However this forced me to assume certain conditions. Primarily that this man, who admittedly is a brilliant, gifted lecturer, has intellectual weaknesses, in that though he might very well have good intentions, the manner in which he chooses to implement them is sacrificial and effectively results in the scenario of option B with respect to the students.

Students who lost funding due to the grades he bestowed upon them, students who lost a chance at graduate school, students who lost jobs or internships they received on a conditional basis, and most importantly, students who, while they may have met his standards for a good grade, were by and far better than the majority of students who received better grades in the same course taught by another professor.

And also sacrificial with respect to contributions to technology and humankind. I do not think he could have discouraged any of his EE115B students from being engineers but what of his EE10 students? How many will switch majors and will the world have lost a potential giant because of it?

The world almost did not receive the wonderful gifts bestowed upon it by Albert Einstein because he could not write eloquently. He was imperfect. He had an abnormal brain and could not meet the standards of academia. He pleaded for acceptance and someone saw past his weaknesses to his strengths.

So I have chosen option C. Like Albert Einstein, Professor Abidi has weaknesses, and like Albert Einstein, he has some phenomenal strengths. But he also must realize the same of his students. They have weaknesses, and they have strengths, and what a tragedy if he should inhibit them from making potentially monumental contributions to society.

Professor Abidi, you are an intelligent, influential man. I fail to believe you can't find a way to further your cause in a constructive rather than destructive manner.

EL ENGR 110
Circuit Analysis II Full Profile > 4.0 Overall 2.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness
Phenomenal professor. He won't pamper you but instead he'll really make you think about the...
Spring Quarter 2016
EL ENGR 110
Circuit Analysis II See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.5

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Phenomenal professor. He won't pamper you but instead he'll really make you think about the material. He will ask questions in class that really require you to dig into all the past material and draw logical conclusions. He's not afraid to tell you that you're wrong even if you just get a tiny detail slightly off. The homeworks are challenging and long, but rewarding and a good preparation for the exams. The midterm is not meant to be tricky, but the final requires great amount of thinking and mastery of the material. Take this professor if you care at all about getting a real education, as the concepts found in this course are extremely important to all areas of electrical engineering.

Spring Quarter 2016
EL ENGR 115A
Analog Electronic Circuits I Full Profile > 2.6 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 2.7 Clarity 1.9 Helpfulness
Professor Abidi is a great lecturer, as we all know. He has his good days, when the lectures are...
EL ENGR 115A
Analog Electronic Circuits I See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 1.9

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Professor Abidi is a great lecturer, as we all know. He has his good days, when the lectures are just perfect with a great flow. Sometimes, however, he shows up to lectures tired, and those days are just boring as hell. Which is understandable, as we all have busy lives. Nevertheless, he enjoys picking on people with accents, so be prepared when you ask or answer in class. Just don't take in personally, as I think he has some sort of mental issue. He will never look you in the eye when he talks to you or when he passes your midterm. I guess he is just afraid that someone might get pissed off at him and kick his ass one day for being such a jerk to everyone. lol. It seems like he has changed his exams to "more doable" and this is more of a normal class with realistic problems that you can actually solve during your exams, unlike mentioned in previous posts. I guess the department has forced him to change his exams as well as the grading policy. However, be ready to get homework assignments assigned on Friday nights that are due Sunday nights. He won't care if you want to enjoy your weekend. He thinks that his class is the only class on your schedule. Nevertheless, you learn a lot in his class, even though he tries to pick on other professors... MY RECOMMENDATION: READ RAZAVI'S BOOK - IT'S A GREAT BOOK THAT MAKES A LOT MORE SENSE THAT ABIDI!!!

EL ENGR 115B
Analog Electronic Circuits II Full Profile > 3.0 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 1.5 Helpfulness
You know there's problem when nearly HALF of a class (~45), COLLECTIVELY goes to the dean to...
EL ENGR 115B
Analog Electronic Circuits II See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 1.5

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You know there's problem when nearly HALF of a class (~45), COLLECTIVELY goes to the dean to complain about a professor.

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EL ENGR 115D
Design Studies in Electronic Circuits Full Profile > 2.7 Overall 1.1 Easiness 1.0 Workload 2.4 Clarity 1.3 Helpfulness
Well, well. Abidi lives on. I took his electronics class 25 years ago, and amazingly got an A. This...
EL ENGR 115D
Design Studies in Electronic Circuits See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 1.1 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 1.3

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Well, well. Abidi lives on. I took his electronics class 25 years ago, and amazingly got an A. This is in the bad old days when there were many classes in college that, if no one was good enough, well, no A's would be given. I was impressed with how he worked through his lectures and - sorry to say - his fame in the field. It's useful to see him go through an electronics circuit. However, getting to know him personally, I found the man spiteful, dark and evil to a degree. He simply hates students bar the obsequious, and I wager that extends to humanity beyond. What does that have to do with a review of teaching, you would ask? Here's the deal. The guy so turned me off, and everyone else in his lab like him, that I completely shut off on electronics and changed careers. No loss to myself or humanity; still made the mills and had a royal time at it, in a different arena than electronics. You can mercifully learn anything you want today on youtube without enduring characters like this bizarre man. Get away from cases like his. There are a hundred better lecturers out there accessible with a swipe of a smartphone that will inspire you and hand you their many gifts. This one has a few, but they come laced with the poison of a contrived, self-aggrandizing being full of himself, and full of, yup, you guessed it, a pile of that cow stuff.

EL ENGR 115E
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EL ENGR 115E
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EL ENGR 209BS
Seminar: Circuits and Embedded Systems Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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EL ENGR 209BS
Seminar: Circuits and Embedded Systems See Full Profile

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EL ENGR 215A
Analog Integrated Circuit Design Full Profile > 2.5 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 2.2 Clarity 1.5 Helpfulness
Professor Abidi is a great lecturer. He is very big on fundamentals, and generally shows you how to...
EL ENGR 215A
Analog Integrated Circuit Design See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness 1.5

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Professor Abidi is a great lecturer. He is very big on fundamentals, and generally shows you how to look at circuits from a different perspective. His lectures can be a very eye opening experience, especially since many students use circuits equations without knowing where they come from or why it's used. I had a technical interview for an internship position, and I was able to answer every single question they asked me due to Abidi's 215A lectures.

As his ratings show, Abidi is a difficult professor. His grading is notoriously harsh, so be prepared to take a GPA drop if you have to take a class with him. For graduate students, I highly highly recommend taking at least one class with him, even if you get a bad grade. It's worth it for that eye opening experience.

For undergraduates wanting to go to graduate school, avoid this man at all costs. You will not get a good grade, unless you are Tony Stark.

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