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In the program of Electrical Engineering, it is

Nov 30 2004Unknown
In the program of Electrical Engineering, it is difficult to find proper english speaking professors. The math program is incredibily difficult and it doesn't help that I haven't had an english-as-first-language professor. A little frustrating when you pay out-of-state tuition for a good education and only get the education because you work your butt off. Alot of people are snooty and hide behind their sunglasses on a sunny day(everyday). But the campus is beautiful and you will find some cool people every once and awhile.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2007
Campus Maintenance: A+, Faculty Accessibility: C

I am from a Naperville Illinois a suburb

Jan 14 2005Communications
I am from a Naperville Illinois a suburb of Chicago. I have visited friends at many schools through out the midwest and let me tell you none of them even come close to topping ASU.

The socail life is awsome. The girls are amazingly good looking. You have Mill Ave. in downtown Tempe which is packed with bars and restaurants. Just north of campus is Scotsdale a beatiful resort town filled with bars and restaurants. In the spring time you have spring training which is a blast. Its the only time you can actually see a Cubs game for 5 bucks. Best of all you see palm tress everday. Freshman year when I flew back home for Chirstmas break I told my parents I feel like I am coming back from a vacation.

As far as education goes the busniss school is awsome and engineering is good as well. It's a Pac 10 school so it has to be a decent school. I mean who hasn't heard of ASU? If you have average smarts like myself you couldn't choose a better school academicly. Look at it this way worste case senerio you hate every aspect of the school (which i highly doubt) hey its warm and sunny everyday you cant beat it.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2006
Individual Value: A+, Education Quality: F

The aerospace engineering department at ASU does have

Sep 14 2004Aerospace Engineering
The aerospace engineering department at ASU does have some excellent faculty available to undergraduates. These few professors are dedicated to their profession, are knowledgeable, respected in their field and find time to answer students questions and concerns.

However, the bad outweighs the good. Starting from the top, the aerospace engineering dean is arrogant, uninterested in student concerns and unwilling to make effective changes to benefit the program. The dean of ASU has no conviction whatsoever about the department and in fact disrespected the top aerospace professor, nationally acclaimed and recognized. The result of which is now he, Dr. William Saric and another top professor, (Dr. Helen Reed) have accepted positions at Texas A&M. Over the past five years students have been on record complaining about the same professors and voicing concerns about the depth and breadth of the curriculum. Yet the professors in question were never approached about these concerns and continued to provide low quality courses with little or no support for students devoted to bettering their education.

The curriculum in aerospace is extremely restrictive. Only two courses in engineering core courses are electives. And the choices for the elective are severely limited. The senior design project is a mandated aeronautical design project. Although this course does provide opportunities to apply knowledge and learn design principles, it fails to adequately prepare the majority of senior students for their chosen field of AEROSPACE ENGINEERING and not aeronautical engineering. In fact, the undergraduate chair, when pressed how the department gets away with calling itself an aerospace engineering department, said it was the students responsibility to read the descriptive paragraphs about the department and courses offered,(which outline aeronautics courses), to determine that the department does not really offer aerospace courses and does not emphasize astronautics. And yet the mechanical and aerospace engineering home page on asu.edu boldly displays an advanced concept electric propulsion rocket.

This program suffers from a lack of conviction and caring from the administrators of the department. They do not listen, and when they do, they do not have any motivation to effect change, or even think about the benefits of change. The department has been the worst ranked department of the whole ASU campus for the last eight years in a row. The department has now dropped to a third tier university for engineering. The top two professors are leaving in January and all their funding, undergraduate programs and worst yet, commitment, knowledge and caring to the students goes with them. There are no new developments or plans to affect change. If at all possible I would suggest getting the hell out of ASU aerospace engineering and go to Colorado, California, Michigan, Princeton, Georgia Tech, Perdue or anywhere else that you can get accepted.

4th Year Male -- Class 2003
Campus Aesthetics: B+, Useful Schoolwork: F
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