3 responses to “It’s STILL The Teacher, Silly”

  1. Carmen

    My analog design teacher definitely pushed me further towards analog electronic design and his 3 course IC sequence was both the greatest learning experience and the greatest amount of work in my college career. He would always start each course with a “What is Analog?” pep talk and those of us who knew him well would take bets on the stories he would tell (he had about 5 favorites). As opposed to Chris’ teacher who told them to design chips for money, my teacher was all about inspiring passion and that was definitely the driving factor behind pulling 14 hour days to finish laying out my DAC in the second course.

    The worst course I ever took however was a motor control/design course and similar to Chris’s experience it was completely because of the professor. Unfortunately, he is the only professor who teaches the course (required for everyone too) so there wasn’t a way to avoid the course. Without getting into a whole rant suffice it to say I’ve never had a professor before or since, who I could debunk so often just by checking the intro paragraphs on Wikipedia. Between that, random quiz questions that didn’t have anything to do with mechatronic systems, and horrible grading, I was completely turned off from the subject matter. Only time will tell if I ever get back into it.

    1. Cherish The Scientist

      My favorite teacher also required us to work very hard. Therefore, I think that a lot of the complaints about teachers giving difficult workloads may really be the issue: it’s the teachers who give difficult workloads without making the class enjoyable or relevant.

      But yeah…a bad teacher ruins everything.

  2. Fluxor

    A good friend and EE classmate was really into analog circuit design even back in high school That was the entire reason he got into EE in the first place. He landed a co-op job at a CCD sensor company and was ecstatic. Unfortunately, for the entire time he was there, they used him to manually bond wires from the CCD die to the package. No circuit analysis. No understanding about the operation of the chip. Just drudgery. After that job, he got so turned of “analog design” that he elected not to take any circuit design course in his last year, opting for DSP instead, which is the field he’s working in today.