Marcus Michelen (BSE ‘14)
Everybody knows about the Dean’s list; it typically consists of all the students that have received a 3.5 or higher. The engineering student body’s response to the Dean’s list consists of, roughly, the highest rated professors from the Engineering School. Without further ado:
Prof. Michael Bambino
Prof. Brian Cusack
Prof. Gwen Hyman
Prof. Julian Keenan
Prof. Carl Sable
Prof. Robert Smyth
Prof. Alan Tenney
Prof. Robert Topper
Prof. Cosmas Tzavelis
Prof. Leonid Vulakh
According to ESC representative Andrew Crudge (ME ’13), this list is the result from ESC’s course evaluations. These evaluations were sent out, using non-cooper emails, to all engineering students who registered a non-cooper email address with ESC. According to Crudge, 263 undergraduate students took the ESC course evaluations. This list compiled automatically by averaging the responses to questions that were directly relevant to each professor.
The Students’ List from last year was compiled in a different fashion: students were allowed to vote for one professor and the professor with the most votes made the list. Since this year did not require each professor to receive a large amount of votes, the new list contains a few adjunct professors while the previous list did not.
When asked why adjuncts were included on this new list, Crudge said “Adjuncts have always been in the running. In previous years we sent out a poll and asked students to choose one professor, which led to results that were statistically biased against adjuncts, who generally taught fewer students. This year our method is based on average responses, so it theoretically is not affected by the number of students a professor teaches.”
Professors Robert Smyth and Cosmas Tzavelis are the only two professors to be listed on this year’s list as well as last year’s. Additionally, this year sees the inclusion of Humanities professors (e.g. Hyman and Keenan).
For reference, the previous list may be found at http://pioneer.cooper.edu/cooper-pioneer-volume-91-miniissue-10-march-5-2012/.