T. Michael Duncan - Cornell University

Professor: T. Michael Duncan
Department: Engineering
College: Cornell University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ENGRD2190
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
A very respectable and respectful professor who genuinely cares about his students. His care takes the form of wanting the best for the student, which doesn't translate into lax standards in any way. Excellent explanations. Office hours are incredibly valuable.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ENGRD2190
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
While homework groups were annoying at times, they weren't terrible. All exams (3 prelims+final) were completely fair and if you took good notes in lecture and really understood homework and section problems, they were straight forward. Don't slack because it seems easier than PChem. Advice, do all problems yourself before exam so YOU actually know
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CHEME1120
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Not the easiest intro course, but probably the most useful. Anyone with the slightest inclination toward pursuing ChemE should take the course.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ENGRI1120
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
TMD is the man! He lets you know from the start that it is not a normal intro class in the fact that you must work hard and you learn, but if you stick through it you gain a whole new perspective on your chosen major. It does stink that he wrote the textbook because lectures can seem repetitive, but he is very personable and helpful in office hours
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ENGRI1120
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's an odd teacher - doesn't really teach to the style of the students, despite the fact that he says otherwise. Heavy emphasis on the textbook. Really smart guy though, but didn't seem connected to any of the students but his favorites.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ENGRI1112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is best professor I have ever met. He always make everything clear and his class is well organized. Although it is not an easy class to get good grades, you can learn a lot in his class, not only engineering knowledge, but the attitude towards life, critical thinking and communication skills.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CHEME1112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Duncan changed my interest from "What is chemical engineering?" to "This is the coolest stuff ever!"
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ENGRI1112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
AMAZING
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CHEME3900
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Fantastic course teacher. Poor advisor. Condescending if you are not confident or if you do not agree with him. This is college; kids are supposed to find themselves, not be discouraged. His favorites get more confident while the shy ones get more shy. This is an unfair and unstable method to students.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM391
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
In a perfect situation Duncan would be a great teacher. He interacts with the class, seems friendly and is very intelligent. But the reality is, he takes things personally, a very bad characteristic for someone in a position to educate. Once he aligns himself against you, consider avoiding him at all costs and not depending on him for help.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CHEME390
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He intimidates me ... oh TMD
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1920
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I had him for multivariable calc and he was a great teacher. He was out of his subject matter and he did an excellent job of teaching the material. He was clear, comprehensive, and loved to interact with the class.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ENGRI112
  • 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:
He's definitely someone who picks favorites. But watch out if he doesn't like you. He'll make your life miserable.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ENGRI112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This is a very rigorous introduction to chemical engineering. It is not an easy class, but you will learn a lot if you put your earnest effort to it. A lot of skills are honed in this class. For instance, interpreting graphs, guessimating, etc. It is a critical thinking class, and this is how the professor wanted it to be.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ENGRI112
  • 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:
Avoid this class at all means possible. It requires much more work than an intro class and more time consuming than 3 credits should be. If you are thinking of being a chemical engineering, you will really rethink it after this class.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ENGRI112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
First time a teacher actually knew my name and cares how i was doing. Duncan is by far the best teacher I've had at Cornell (he was named teacher of the year in NY for 2007!) If you take this class, beware, he knows your name and whether or not you care to show up or try hard
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CHEME112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Awesome teacher, very willing to help anyone out!! Teaches great classes.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ENGRI112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The best teacher that I have had so far. He really knows what he is teaching and has a good sense of humor. Excellent use of chalk and TAs.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ENG112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He really knows his stuff, but taking notes in class is really hard because of the handouts. Its impossible to study from the notes in class, and the text isnt much help. Best way to study is do the practice problems on the website. Office hours were overcrowded and the TA's didnt have enough time to be particularly helpful to anyone.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ENGRI112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great Professor in terms of knowing the material and getting it through to the students. Intro to cheme class will give you a good idea of wether chemical engineering is what you want.
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