eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Shailesh Namekar

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CEE270, Fall 2013
CEE320, Fall 2013
CEE320, Fall 2013
CEE355, Fall 2013

Shailesh Namekar: CEE270, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Civil & Environmental Engr
Course: CEE 270 - Applied Mechanics I Crn (Section): 80157 (004)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.0 19 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 11 (58%) 1 (5%) 2 (11%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 19 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 19 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 19 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 16 (84%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 19 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 13 (68%)
6. Other comments:
The Class structure consisted of many examples and i liked that. The homework challenge me beyond the lecture and forced me to become comfortable with the material in the most basic form in order to understand the applications of the course concepts
He is a great instructor! He really appreciates all questions (even if they are long overdue). He knows the subjects he teaches very well. He is excellent at adaptive teaching, meaning that he can answer any question in a way that the asker will understand.
Taught the material effectively. Homework was useful and relevant to the tests. Tests were straightforward which is good.
Dr. Shailesh Namekar is a good teacher. He is very helpful to his students. He makes sure that everyone understands the class material. He sometimes mispronounce some english words during lecture but it is ok. It is understandable. I hope that he will teach higher level CEE courses so that I can take his class again.
He is a very good professor, with great knowledge of concepts and theory. He is able to present the material in a way that makes it very easy for new students to understand the basic concepts. He always preaches that these skills are/will be the building blocks for higher level ENG courses. The only gripe I have is that the homework is a little too easy compared to exams. Make no mistake the exams themselves are not entirely difficult, however they do require a little bit more thinking than the homework assignments themselves. Overall great professor and a great class.
He is really a great professor, he cares for his students and how he designed his class is solely for the importance of learning the material. He knows that it is hard to completely comprehend the materials in statics and with his teachings, I have learned a lot. I would definitely take his other classes in the future.
Honestly, he is a really caring professor. He takes his time to listen to you. The content was high, and the class itself is hard, but he is awesome. I really, really, really liked his office hours this semester and it helped me grasp the content more. Homework is definitely hard, but he doesn't overwhelm you with it. In fact, he encourages you to seek help and genuinely listen to you. I would recommend him as a professor for CEE 270.
Test and homework were relevant and reasonable yet challenging. Feel i have a good understanding on the basics of statics. Give the teacher and the class an A!
I really enjoyed the structure of his class. His grading was fair and he worked out plenty of problems/examples together with the students during class. His tests were still difficult but very fair and allowed us to have a more relaxing environment which helped us focus on truly understanding the concepts and analyzing the problems rather than simply "trying to get a grade." His homework was challenging and way harder than the tests but I oddly felt that it truly prepared me better and put me in the right mindset when taking the tests. It ironically helped reduce my testing anxiety and made me feel more confident in class. Unlike some teachers, they make their test far harder and we leave the class feeling defeated and not motivated to excel further in class. Namekar's class structure encouraged me to want to succeed and try harder with each new assignment and test given. This must be one of the only few good reviews I have EVER given a teacher. Bravo!
I really like his teaching style keep it up. He goes over many problems during class and it would be really great if he had suggested problems from the book.
Wonderful teacher. He really takes the time out of his schedule (nights/weekends) to respond back to emails and help students. He is always offering additional help and will take out extra time for students to succeed. He explains examples that are relevant to the book's problems as well as tests. He starts from the basics to make sure each student is on the same page. I dont necessarily need this class to graduate but am learning so much from him. I hope to take him for 271.
Having the homework given to us after our exam, as we did in Exam 1, was very detrimental to my grade because I did not understand the concept fully. I reviewed the concepts that were covered in class, and did similar problems, but the problems presented on the exam were more in depth than I think we covered in class. I think it is most beneficial to have the homework graded and returned to us so that we may review our mistakes and fully grasp the concepts (and our mistakes) better. As for the homework assignments, I believe it would be best if we were given multiple examples (ones that would not take very long to complete) as a warm up to brush up on the concept, then a few more difficult ones to expose certain concepts in more detail. I realize this could be done on our own, and I have tried my best to employ this strategy, but a little direction in what types of problems are a welcome addition to my study habits. These "warm up" questions do not even need to be graded, but rather just given as information to the student. Sometimes the text book can focus on concepts or situations that have nothing to do with what the teacher intends to cover, and as a student learning the concept, it can be difficult to determine the best areas/concepts to explore in depth. Overall, I did like the setup of the class, and the manner in which things were taught. Time permitting, examples done in class were by far the most meaningful part of the lecture.
Great instructor, Knows how to communicate with his students, good pace he doesn't overwhelm you with too many details. Present the problem clearly and shows the best solution and is consistent with the solution process throughout the semester.

Shailesh Namekar: CEE320, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Civil & Environmental Engr
Course: CEE 320 - Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals Crn (Section): 80176 (003)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.05 19 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (95%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 19 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 18 (95%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 19 1.01 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 6 (32%) 11 (58%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 19 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 7 (37%) 9 (47%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 19 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 7 (37%) 9 (47%)
6. Other comments:
I think it would be better if a detailed timeline/schedule was worked out in the beginning of the semester so that we know how much time will/should be spent on each chapter, as well as how much information we should expect to learn. Because right now, it seemed pretty rushed at the end.
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Professor Namekar did a very good job at teaching this course and especially for his first time teaching this subject. I found that the material was covered in extent and his method of teaching really helped me understand better. A few things I found that really helped in this course was that he would not only teach the theory but provide specific examples as to how one would apply the theory, also that he would ask the class how we were doing and if there was any specific requests or what we thought about assignments and tests.
Professor Namekar displayed great understanding of the subject and was very fair in terms of exam content and assignments. Only recommendation would be to not hire the TA again. He was very uncooperative. The TA did not show great understanding of the subject and often did not know what the lab content was. TA could not correctly explain labs to class.
It's a tough course, and Namekar took that into account when teaching us. He always asked us for feedback so that he could teach the material more effectively to our class. If we had a question or didn't understand a concept, he would elaborate or even try to show it to us in a different way. This was my first class with this professor, and I would definitely take another class that he teaches, and would highly recommend anyone else to as well.
Great, new prof headed in the right direction. Really cares about the students.
Please teach CEE 355.
The TA for this course, Lelemia Irvine, was absolutely terrible. Extreme LACK of knowledge in the subject of fluid mechanics. He has not responded to the past 5 emails i have sent in the last 3 weeks. He makes us bring food for a potluck every week for lab instead of teaching us the material and effectively demonstrating the lab. I cant even afford to buy food for myself let alone the entire class! I dont know how he got this position but needs to be removed from TA permanently! Extremely unfair with his grading and would never efficiently help with homework during office hours due to his lack of knowledge. Without a doubt the worst TA I have ever had at UH Manoa. A very terrible experience for any student forced to deal with him. He needs to be removed from his position immediately! That being said, Professor Namekar is one of the greatest professors i have had at UH Manoa. I only wish he was teaching CEE 355 for spring 2014 semester so i could take his lecture again!
Posting pp slides after lectures help a lot on hw and studying!
The course was overall informative. It was easy to learn from the lectures. The homework problems themselves were reasonable in difficulty while fairly lengthy. However, the grading for the homework was a bit rough and unfair at times. The tests were challenging, but the grading was lenient which was awesome. It might be beneficial to give out practice problems before the test in addition to telling the students what will be on the midterm. They can just be book problems. This way, students have the chance to practice the concepts on new problems rather than just re-doing homework or example problems from regular lecture. The labs were also okay, but I think it would be more effective if the students choose their own groups for the group labs. And that all the labs were assigned earlier and finished before the last two weeks of school. This way students are not rushed and do not feel pressured about writing the reports and studying for finals.
He was a very fair and caring professor who puts a lot of thought into students perspectives and is very understanding. He is one of the best professors I've had. I only wish he had more office hours because he was very helpful during them.
Great teacher. Teaches very well and is extremely helpful. In my opinion, the best CEE professor in the department. -Vincent Tran
Great Professor. Takes time to explain material to students. Hope to have him again.
Excellent class. Namekar genuinely cares for his students and wants them to succeed. He senses if there is difficulty with certain assignments and offers extra help and extensions. He really wants his students to learn the topic rather than worry about grades.

Shailesh Namekar: CEE320, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Civil & Environmental Engr
Course: CEE 320 - Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals Crn (Section): 80177 (004)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.21 14 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (79%) 3 (21%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 14 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 8 (57%) 4 (29%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (57%) 6 (43%)
6. Other comments:
Very nice professor and tries really hard.
Namekar takes the time to make sure that his students understand all that is needed to know for this course. He prepares us for he midterms and final by providing us with useful examples, chapter summary power points, and reviews. He is a great and understanding teacher that ultimately wants his students to succeed.
I liked the powerpoints and it was really helpful to have it available to the students through laulima.
I liked how problems were done in class on the board, as well as brief powerpoint presentations. Although it's difficult for me to stay engaged in the material during powerpoints, the in-class problems helped me to understand the concepts more effectively. I would suggest posting more of the powerpoints online, though. That would really have helped me prepare for the exams.
Professor Namekar teaches the content very well but the main problem is time management. I think certain parts of lecture take up more time that is needed such as going over assignments that need to be turned in and inputing our calculations from class examples.This was a very tough course and learning the concepts in one semester was not enough to master it but the basics and important concepts were taught very well.
It was a well taught class, I wish the labs and assignments were graded quicker so I could have kept track of my grade better.
I like your style of teaching: having a powerpoint on one side and doing problems on the board. Having done so, makes it easier for me to learn the material better. Also, having the presentation available before class so I can print it out will be very helpful so i dont have waste my time writing the material on the powerpoint than just listening to you directly. I also think it would be good if the homework, labs, and papers were given back at least a week and a half back so we can figure out where we stand in the class. To add to that, in the powerpoints i notice that you skip steps to get answers. When reviewing the powerpoint, sometimes its a bit confusing and hard to solve because i dont know all of the steps. Other than that, I enjoyed having you as a professor. Although you just got assigned this course to teach, i think you are doing a pretty good job.
Good job all around.
Very good, examples really help with understanding content
This was Professor Namekar's first time teaching Fluid Mechanics, and I think he did an excellent job! He was very clear and moved at a good pace. He could be a little more thorough in the way he wrote out the problems that he solved on the board. He would verbally explain the skipped steps, but it would be much more clear if any short simple steps were written down and included on the board for reference during studying. Otherwise, his method of teaching was exceptional. He did not grade our labs on time, and I think that was unfair, as we could not see our mistakes and turn in a re-do for correction. The homework was decent, but the TA was way too harsh on grading. The TA was not on the same page as the instructor. I think he over did it when he decided to make a more conceptual-style exam (exam 2). I would much more prefer a non-open book (instead, let us use a cheat sheet), with practical problem solving. Overall, this course was great, and the professor was fair. He should teach more CEE courses!

Shailesh Namekar: CEE355, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Civil & Environmental Engr
Course: CEE 355 - Geotechnical Engineering I Crn (Section): 80096 (003)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
6. Other comments:
Absolutely one of the best professors I've had. However, some of the more conceptual lectures were a little hard to get through. He was extremely helpful when further understanding was needed and always provided good examples to provide real-world applications of the concepts. I will highly recommend this professor and would take more classes of his if possible.
Professor Namekar did really well for his first year teaching CEE 355.
One very minor thing that could be improved upon is he could speak a little slower. At times, he would be going over a subject and start speaking so quickly that it was hard to keep up. So I feel that speaking a little slower will help others understand the content better.
Explains concepts in depth and includes details that was not in textbook or may have been easily overlooked. Professor should be given priority in teaching courses, he knows what he is doing and you can tell he prepares his lectures in advanced and with tact. Based on the course he teaches however, the speed of the class tends to be fast since there is too much information to cover within certain chapters. He is also available to get in contact for help, and is prudent on replying to emails on questions pertaining to classes/labs.
The lectures were helpful in covering the material in a conceptual form, cause and result. However in terms of calculations, and concepts of using formulas were difficult because of less time on this material. It is also difficult to comprehend example problems and calculations on a ppt. On days when example problems were discussed, the lectures were sometimes discussed too quickly for comprehension. Hand drawn examples on board, step by step would have been very helpful in understanding the formulas and mathematical material.