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Paul Nissenson
Professor (2011 – 2014)
Cal Poly - Pomona (Pomona)
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4.0870****
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Rated by 23 students
2.41
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across 5 classes
Fall 2014 Schedule
No classes for this semester.
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EGR 481
ME 215
ME 232
ME 232A
ME 301
ME 311
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4****
ME 215 - Vector Dynamics
There are 4 quizzes, 1 midterm, 5 homework assignments, and a final. He curves the midterm if people do horrible on it. Gives extra credit that is due on the day of the final. Overall, he is a decently good teacher, very friendly, and tries very ha...
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Pros: His quizzes are taken straight from the book, most of them are simple. Very open and helpful with anything you need in his class, will find an answer to your question if he doesn’t immediately know.
Cons: Very theoretical, didn’t get comfortable running the class until the end
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on 3/7/12
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2**
ME 311 - Fluid Mechanics I
His midterm is easy and so are the quizzes, but the final is hard as hell. Also, remember that you seriously need to learn the material by yourself, because his lectures are really unclear. He spends 90% of the class going over the proofs and the las...
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Pros: He is a nice guy, willing to answer any question. His Midterm and Quizzes aren't so bad.
Cons: He is really young, and he cannot teach the material at all.-He tries really hard, but he just cannot make it. I mean seriously, I would get a Beer with this guy, but who the hell would let him teach a upper division class without any experience? He often admit his mistakes and promises that he won't repeat them again in future classes, however, Cal Poly Pomona isn't a Kinder garden to teach people how to teach.
Professor rated by: Civil Engineering Student on 6/14/12
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ME 311
Fluid Mechanics I
2**
Pros: He is a nice guy, willing to answer any question. His Midterm and Quizzes aren't so bad.
Cons: He is really young, and he cannot teach the material at all.-He tries really hard, but he just cannot make it. I mean seriously, I would get a Beer with this guy, but who the hell would let him teach a upper division class without any experience? He often admit his mistakes and promises that he won't repeat them again in future classes, however, Cal Poly Pomona isn't a Kinder garden to teach people how to teach.
His midterm is easy and so are the quizzes, but the final is hard as hell. Also, remember that you seriously need to learn the material by yourself, because his lectures are really unclear. He spends 90% of the class going over the proofs and the last 10-minutes on super easy examples, which will not be enough to learn the material. I got a C, my class did pretty good, few people failed, however, I know that over 70% of the class was repeating the class after failing or dropping from previous teachers, so they kinda knew the material already. Those people are the reason that Mr. Nissenson thinks he is doing a decent job, but he really isn't.



I'm so Happy that I'm a CE major because in our Department, no Babies are hired.



ME, however, has great teacher as Boloury, Danesh, Dashner etc..



HINT FOR THE CLASS: Study A LOT in your own and download the solution manual!
Professor rated by: Civil Engineering Student on June 14, 2012
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ME 311
Fluid Mechanics I
5*****
Pros: Very Fair Quizzes, Midterm, and Final.

All the hw problems can be solved from his ppt slides and you really just need to study the hw problems and direct ppt slides for the quizzes and midterms.
Cons: Can have some mistakes on his PPT slides, but nothing too harsh. Curves slightly 65% is a C-.
Very friendly professor and open minded as well. Really recommend him for this class. If you get an A on the final (which i did) the lowest grade you can get is a B in the class no matter the grades you get on quizzes and hw. Nissenson is very open and office hours do help a lot. Had a blast with him and take him if possible! Way better option that Dashner or anything else.

Grade Received: B
Professor rated by: Civil Engineering Student on December 9, 2012
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ME 232
Engineering Digital Computations
5*****
I went into this class knowing absolutely nothing about programming, seriously nothing so don't be nervous about going into the class. Dr. Nissenson is one of the best professors I have had at Cal Poly. He teaches the class as if everybody has never heard of programming and goes at a perfect pace. There are 5 homework assignments that he allows two weeks each to do. One midterm, a group project, final, five quizzes and an extra credit project. Here is the grading scale:



10% Homework

10% Group Project

20% Quizzes

25% Midterm

35% Final

10% Possible for the extra credit project



The quizzes, homework and tests were exactly like what you learn in class. The only reason I got a B in the class is because the tests were very, very long so I had to rush through them.



The extra credit project for our class was a blackjack game you have to make. He says it will take about 10 hours to do but that's not true. One other person in the class and I did this individually and it took us over 30 hours to do, but I still recommend doing it since it was very challenging and fun.



I definitely recommend this professor I hope I get to take him again.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on June 29, 2013
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ME 215
Vector Dynamics
4****
Pros: His quizzes are taken straight from the book, most of them are simple. Very open and helpful with anything you need in his class, will find an answer to your question if he doesn’t immediately know.
Cons: Very theoretical, didn’t get comfortable running the class until the end
There are 4 quizzes, 1 midterm, 5 homework assignments, and a final. He curves the midterm if people do horrible on it. Gives extra credit that is due on the day of the final. Overall, he is a decently good teacher, very friendly, and tries very hard for his students. He is very theoretical but does give examples of problems here and there, but the problems are usually very simple and are always from the book. He is very fair on grading, actually very linient compared to other professors, but you will need to teach yourelf the material to really understand it…it’s vector dynamics you should be putting the work in anyways, there are no easy teachers for this class.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on March 7, 2012
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ME 311
Fluid Mechanics I
4****
Pros: -Nice

-Willing to answer questions

-Records Lectures so you can watch any time

-Easy Grader

-Fair final and midterm

-Easy Quiz

Cons: -Long proofs make class boring
Professor Nissenson is a good teacher that teaches you what you need to know, but that's about it. The majority of the class is going over proofs and rarely going over examples which sucks because it does not prepare you for the homework. He tells you what the quiz is going to be on so you know exactly what to study. If you know how to do the homework perfectly then you will do well on his quizzes and exams. He is also a fair grader and gives you most of the points if you got the concept downs but made simple math errors.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on December 16, 2015
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ME 232A
Engineering Digital Computations - Activity
4****
Pros: Nice Guy, Willing to help
This class was 3 Projects and 2 Quizzes I think, I took it a while ago. I liked learning programming it was fun for me, but if you don't like using matlab and visual basic this class will be hell for you. Paul is very approachable and always willing to help. If i could I would take him again. Programming is his specialty so I think he enjoys teaching this class
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on October 24, 2012
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ME 311
Fluid Mechanics I
5*****
Pros: he is really nice

he REALLY knows his stuff

he works very hard to make sure you know the material
Cons: the final is really tough, make sure you master all the material because it ALL shows up
Dr. Nissenson is a great professor. I took him for fluids in the winter. I took his flipped course, which was an experimental flipped class where the lectures were all online, and you would watch the lecture online, come to class, take a concept quiz to make sure you watched the videos, and the whole class time was used to explain the material if students had questions and do multiple examples. I loved this method, I learned so much.

He works really really hard to make sure his students are better prepared than those from other professors. He makes the videos a week prior to the day the material will be covered, it's not some old videos from professor who-what from 10 years ago that he slapped the link from, they are his videos, done specifically for what he will cover the current week. The guy basically teaches every class twice because he creates the lecture videos, and then teaches the actual class you show up. If you watch the videos, take good notes, and make sure you master the material from all the examples in class and the quizzes you will do great. I felt so much better prepared for hydraulics engineering than most of the other students because Dr. Nissenson taught me everything i needed in fluids.



P.s. his final is ROUGH. make sure you study everything. He prepares you way more than any other professor, so ideally he expects a lot more from his students.
Professor rated by: Civil Engineering Student on May 21, 2017
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ME 232
Engineering Digital Computations
3***
Pros: Helps you when he can



Has homework due every two weeks



Easily understandable
Cons: DOES NOT TEACH IN CLASS. You learn online through videos and then he does an example in class.



Quiz every class at the beginning, you're kinda screwed if you didn't watch or pay attention to the online videos



The homework is due by 7 PM on every other Saturday and it is very annoying having to remember that it is due otherwise you get deducted 50% if it is 30 mins late and 0 points after that.



Very monotonic, and frequently narrating in person. Sounds like a narrator for audible books.



You get extra credit in class via "team battle" which is simply which group can finish class problems the fastest and successfully. Definitely not fair if you get grouped with people who do or don't code well next to you or around you.



Don't get me started on the final group project. SUPER HARD IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING. I was fortunate to have people in my group who knew what they were doing.
A good teacher, if you have some background coding skills then the class will be a breeze. I had some background so it was a little easier. He is pretty strict but not in a negative way. I would say it is an "acceptable" level of strictness. Otherwise people take advantage and i would say that's not fair. If you DON'T have any skills take Mary Woods if you can. Otherwise, Dr. Nissenson is a good third or fourth choice.
Professor rated by: Student on March 12, 2017
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ME 311
Fluid Mechanics I
4****
Pros: Very approachable

Posts helpful videos

Good with questions
Cons: Doesn't cover the material very thoroughly

Spends way too much time on simple concepts

Oneline homework can be a drag

I took took a visual basic class with Nissenson my very first quarter at Cal Poly, and just recently took Fluids I with him. Professor Nissenson is still green in a lot of ways. But I've seen him improve as a teacher during my time at CPP.



Really nice, cares a lot about his students understanding the concepts. He uploads lots of youtube videos that can be really helpful if you ever have a hard time understanding any of the material. If you do all the online homework the quizzes and tests are pretty straightforward.



By biggest complaint about Nissenson would have to be concerning his time management skills. He tends to spend way too much time covering very simple subjects at the expense of other important material. While he never tests students on material that wasn't covered in class, I didn't really feel prepared for Fluids II by the end of his class.



Overall Nissenson is a really great guy. Would recommend.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on December 7, 2016
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ME 311
Fluid Mechanics I
4****
Pros: This is his specialty

Answers questions

Very passionate
Cons: Learnsmart is expensive and is almost useless

Can go on tangents frquently
Nissenson is an overall nice guy. He is always willing to answer your questions with certainty if he can guarantee an answer, and will not give you a straight answer if he cannot answer your question. Nissenson offers his same deal which is, if you do no work but get an A on the final, you'll get at least a B+ in the class. He can go on tangents sometimes and it can steer you off course. He is also really good friends with the department, so since the department wants to force LearnSmart down our throats, he promotes LearnSmart by making it part of the homework grade, giving you no choice but to spend the $130. Other than the really badly made and incomplete expensive hardware and the lack of examples in class, this is probably going to be one of the easier Fluids professors.



Grade Received: B
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on October 22, 2016
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ME 232
Engineering Digital Computations
5*****
Pros: Easy to pass

Very interesting and useful for engineers

Piece of cake for programmers

SUPER organized
Cons: Graded homework

A lot of group work
LOVED THE CLASS!!! He's the VBA guy at Cal Poly. By the end of the quarter, you will know VBA, and how useful it is to know how to program in Excel. His class consists of weekly homework, a quiz every time you meet (easy 100% if you listen to the videos online), 1 project, and 1 final. You also have a team battle every week for extra credit. If you have prior programming experience, than this should be an easy A. Even if you don't know programming, he makes sure that everyone understands whats going on. The videos are slow, but put them at 1.5% speed, and it goes by fast.

HELPFUL TIP: Would recommend to copy everything he does in the videos on excel, trust me, it helps ALOT.

Would definitely take him again, and will try for thermo
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on March 26, 2017
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ME 301
Thermodynamics I
1*
Pros: Cool dude and very nice
Cons: Can not teach for s***. He has no knowledge about the material and always gets stumped by students asking questions that he has no answer to, and always has to say "let me check something later and ill get back to you." His exams are barely like the HW. Embarrassment for our Engineering department who are hiring teachers that have no clue about the subject they are teaching. And don't expect the class to be curved either, he should have given himself an F since he knew less material then the students.
Professor rated by: Engineering - All College Student on March 26, 2014
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ME 301
Thermodynamics I
4****
Pros: Great at explaining

Cons: Was stumped by questions

Did not know the material 100%
I took him when it was his first time teaching the class, and even though he didn't fully know the material I was very well prepared for ME302. He records his lectures and posts them on blackboard for you to review. He does not assign that much hw but it is more then enough to understand the material. The material is easy and the hw assignments are similar to his quizzes and test. I recommend him. He prepared our class very well for ME 302
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on August 23, 2014
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ME 311
Fluid Mechanics I
5*****
Nissenson is a really nice guy who really wants you to learn fluids. His lectures are ppts which often get really boring. He gives 4 quizzes and drops 1, a group project, a midterm, and a final. I thought the quizzes were easy in contrast however, I thought his midterm was hard. Many people did not do that well. However he prepares you well for the final exam by assigning a group project which really helps you learn the concepts. Overall he is one of my favorite professors. Grade received: A
Professor rated by: Civil Engineering Student on December 20, 2013
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ME 232
Engineering Digital Computations
5*****
Pros: Prepares you for homework and quizzes. For the midterm you get one side of an 8.5x11 sheet of paper for notes; for the final you get both sides. If you get a 90%+ on the final the lowest grade you'll get is a B+
I thought this class was really easy. You just really have to understand the concepts of the material and you'll be fine.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on May 28, 2014
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ME 232
Engineering Digital Computations
3***
Pros: Hybrid class, less time in the classroom

Cons: homework takes a while for a 2 unit class

lectures online are deathly boring
was not a fan of his class. He is very successful, but he lack personality in the classroom and is very condescending



grade:B
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on October 29, 2014
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ME 232
Engineering Digital Computations
5*****
Pros: What others have said is true. He is a great professor.
Cons: The group project was difficult but doable
The material gets progressively more difficult. The final is a lot harder than the midterm. Grade received: A-
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on March 25, 2016
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ME 232
Engineering Digital Computations
5*****
Professor Nissenson starts the class as if everybody has zero prior knowledge of programming. His notes are organized well and all assignments are based off of the notes. There is no textbook needed.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on December 15, 2014
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ME 312
Fluid Mechanics II
4****
Cons: Hard final
Friendly prof. Easy to understand. Will answer all your questions even if it takes time out of class
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on June 10, 2015
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ME 232
Engineering Digital Computations
4****
Pros: Good notes.... puts them on youtube
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on March 9, 2013
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