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Paul Nissenson
Professor (2011 – 2014)
Cal Poly - Pomona (Pomona)
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4.0000****
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Rated by 16 students
2.41
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across 5 classes
Spring 2015 Schedule
No classes for this semester.
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EGR 481
ME 215
ME 232
ME 232A
ME 301
ME 311
ME 312
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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 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 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*****
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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ME 232
Engineering Digital Computations
5*****
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on May 28, 2014
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ME 232A
Engineering Digital Computations - Activity
5*****
Pros: Quite the professor. Easily understands his field of study, gifted, has flashes of genius, willing to effectively elaborate to students with difficulty understanding.
Cons: There are no cons to be notated.
The most handsome, sexiest man I EVER LAID EYES ON, and I have seen and been with some very handsome men and very beautiful voluptuous women. He is total perfection. A 12 on a scale of 1 to 10. More than eye candy. I just want to lick and slurp him up like an ice cream pop until there's an eternal aftertaste in my mouth. Lol. Seriously, its very rare to find a young, vibrant professor who can relate to his/her students and still have an authoritative need for them to succeed in life. He can relate to the younger students equally with the older ones. He definitely has the attitude and disposition to compliment his god-like looks. Enjoy people, enjoy him while we have him. He is indeed a rarity.
Professor rated by: Student on August 9, 2014
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ME 215
Vector Dynamics
3***
Not bad
Professor rated by: Civil Engineering Student on January 5, 2012
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