All Ratings and Reviews for Timothy Deming
Engineering of Bioconjugates
Deming is a good professor who explains concepts well, and here is my advice if you want to take this class as an elective:
1. Take this class ONLY if you have access to past problems! He reuses problems from previous years, and even if he does not repeat the exact same problem on an exam, know that his tests are similar in style. This same principle applies for his homework assignments.
2. RECORD his lectures. I do believe that he is a good professor, but he talks fast, so make sure you write everything down on the board (his notes can be a bit disorganized, but it is still manageable). Once you go over the recordings, everything will/should make sense since he explains concepts clearly.
3. According to him, his midterms are only designed to take one hour but you still have the full hour and fifty minutes to take it. However, do not rush and always check your work (there are no computations involved, but make sure that you do not forget to mention something in your answers). He said that his final would not be long, but it was longer than what the class expected.
Lastly, I wish there was a lab section associated with this class as well since the topics covered are quite applicable. In the meantime, if you choose to take BE 105, just be prepared to memorize the reactions mechanisms and have sample problems from previous years since this will make your life a lot less stressful.
Dr. Deming is a very good professor. He is very kind and easy to talk to. He is open and willing to answer any questions during his office hours. He is also very passionate about bioengineering.
A lot of people come into Bioengineering with no idea what it is about. BE 10, contrary to popular opinion is actually a really great class if you approach it correctly. The class simply takes a whole bunch of BE professors and lets them talk to you about their research. The only reasonable pain about the class is the end of the year paper and the quizzes. Since the quizzes are all based on the 2 hour lecture, you really got to be present at the lectures taking notes or listening intently. Looking back at the powerpoint without the lecture is pretty damn impossible. All the quizzes are made by the TAs who look for stuff on the powerpoint or key things the professor says. It's doable but a pain.
The main benefit from the class is getting the opportunity to learn what Bioengineering is. More importantly, you get exposure to each professor and opportunity to learn of their research. Learn about their research and talk to the professor afterward. This networking will be most helpful when you email them for positions in their lab. Getting into their lab is probably the biggest opportunity from BE 10. You get to see how awesome the BE department is at UCLA.
But in terms of the grade, just take all the advice the TA gives you. They are the ones that grade everything anyways. Get on their good side and get em swipes. It was the funnest discussion section I ever had.
If you're currently doing some sort of targeted delivery research, then this class will help loads. The material is very interesting for those at least partially invested in the field, but even so, it's just like an upper-division organic chemistry course. Deming's lectures always have great flow to them, so you will know what's going on the entire time. The only issue is that the midterms and HW are not very well-written. This is a highly practical class, but the tests aren't that great, especially since he reuses tons of problems from old midterms and finals. So find grad students or others who have taken the course, and you will be set for a majority of problems on your own midterms and final.
Very interesting class. M105 feels like an upper div organic chemistry, yet it is definitely more enjoyable than the chem 30 series. Prof. Deming lectures very well. He uses backboard all the time and explains the bioconjugation mechanisms very detailedly, which helps to retain the information. The materials covered are very applicable, as we spent the last two weeks talking about bioconjugation application and research. The homework and exams are straightforward, yet they require very thorough understanding of the materials.
Course: Previously BME 298
The best professor for the job! He is very organized and he explained complex process really clearly and effectively. He uses the blackboard throughout the lectures like old-school style teaching, which I found immensely engaging. He's very fair and gives exam and homework questions that are challenging yet doable as long as you study for the notes and read the book. He is the best at what he does. Seriously.
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