PK Imbrie - Purdue University - West Lafayette

Professor: PK Imbrie
Department: Engineering
College: Purdue University - West Lafayette
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR126H
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This man "teaches" engineering and honestly the class is really difficult, not because of the content. The teacher is disorganized, sends emails late, and doesn't let you ask questions in class. He claims to prepare you for the real world but I don't really feel prepared from this class
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR116
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Tough but the more I look back the more I value the punch in the face this class gave me. Following the process on problems where you already know the answer seems dumb until you realize you're actually learning the process in order to apply it to problems in real engineering life that are WAY harder. Always check your assumptions! :D
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR117H
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Took this class in 2001. I can still remember how horrible he is. It doesn't prepare you for the real world. Mr. Imbrie is in love with himself more than engineering or teaching. Just awful.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Very unorganized and purposely makes assignments impossible. Do not walk.. RUN from this class.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR195
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Not really a bad guy, I do feel like he doesn't respect us though. Not a good teacher however.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR195H
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
ENGR195H was the worst class I have ever taken. Claims to prepare us for the 'real world' but all I learned is how to deal with idiot professors. Extremely disorganized, expects us to spend all our time working on projects, skips basics, not allowed to ask questions, and no grading scale. I am in 'real' classes now, and 195 did not help me at all.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR195
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I know he's prepping us for how school's going to be in the future, but the least he could do is teach the whole class - or leave his TA to be the professor. Quite fustrating trying to communicate with him. Try to get into one of the other H195 classes.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR195H
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I don't feel like Imbrie really respects his students. This especially comes through when he fails to send out some email or notification that he promised he would do two weeks ago. If he's too busy to perform the basic duties of his positions, he needs to trim his career obligations.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: AAE204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He never showed up on time for class all semester, and sometimes his TA showed up instead. He teaches "concepts" but for students who dont understand the basic background stuff it is hard to paint the whole picture. He didnt give enough time on exams and was very unorganized!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR195H
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The Honors program is the best decision I ever made at Purdue. While PK Imbrie is very unorganized, he understands how the industry works and how to teach a class that will prepare you for the vagaries of engineering in real life.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR195H
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Nice guy but totally irresponsible. The exams are impossible to prepare for as well. This class definitely toughens you up.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR195H
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He tries hard to teach everything he thinks is important. However, when asked questions in class by students, he does not answer them, and turns them back around. Very unorganized, no schedule, and no grading scale. The TAs did all the teaching and were awesome!!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR195H
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
While he may be the one prof that knows what he is talking about, the way he tries to present what he knows is horrible. His way of teaching are almost completely irrelevant to what shows up on the exam. His habit of not posting vital information until <12 hours before the event make life a hectic game of checking online every few hours for news.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR195
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This professor is the kind of guy who probably reads ratemyprofessors.com to laugh evilly about all the mean things that people write about him. I think most students will come to appreciate this class in the future, but shortly after the suffering it is hard not to be bitter.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR117
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
At heart, he is a nice guy. But he puts up a tough, demanding demeanor in class to push his students (honors kids) to near insanity. He is pretty good with explanations. The only problem is that he is also often deliberately vague, so communication, whether its related to material or assignments, is the biggest issue. He has a small army of TA's.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR195
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good topics covered, but for a two-credit hour class he expects way too much. Not to mention none of our finals started on time and often he didn't print enough out and we had to wait another 15 minutes. And he rarely bothers to show up to class and just lets the TAs do the work.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR195
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The classes have good intentions and, if organized a bit better, would be very highly useful. Imbrie on the other hand opts to berate students for questions and comments, is disorganized, comes to class less often than students, and today even "crucified" himself on the board, rather than responding to questions from the class.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR126
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
PK is frustrating more than anything else. The class material isn't particularly hard, but the nature of the class is that it sucks up all your time and makes you worry so much about it that you start to neglect your other classes. It doesn't help that PK is VERY unorganized and can't manage to post things on time or even show up to class on time.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR195
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Has an aggressive teaching style. Not the kind of teacher you want for a 7:30 class. Not great at helping you out, but scares you enough to make you figure things out yourself. His class was one of the few I actually studied for. Just remember that this is honors engineering for a reason.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR195
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He was incredibly unorganized, both in the class format and in his expectations. He would say something one day and then say almost, but not quite, the opposite thing the next day. He would come to class late and the TA's had no idea what was going on. The class was only useful toward lowering my expectations of the engineering program.
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