Reviews for ENAE380

Information Review
Anthony Banes
ENAE380

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
12/28/2021
Banes is a very nice person himself, but for the fall 2021 semester, he clearly has many things going on especially with the situation of his beloved wife, and this shows when he tries to communicate with the class. Many of his assignment and lab instructions are very unclear, and he always likes to take a small number of points off on some assignments and labs. He is way too specific about how we should format some of the assignments and labs, and the worst thing in fact is that he never communicates on how he exactly wants us to format the assignments and labs before we would formally turn them in for a grade. This is very frustrating. Like how we would know you want us to format in that specific way that you wanted to see without even directly informing us in advance, right? Another bad thing for his class is that he never passes back and returns your in-class midterm exams. The only thing you would know from the midterm exams is your score, but you would never know what exactly you messed up on the exam and what things you should focus on and fix later. This is also very frustrating. In all of my other classes at UMD, you would always get your exam back and at least see which exact questions you had missed. Overall, he is a nice person himself, but he doesn't care about the students and (especially for me) I just feel like he always like to pick on me specifically.
Anthony Banes
ENAE380

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
12/24/2021
Banes is an amazing guy and honestly cares about all of his students. While his lectures can be quite dry all of his exams are open note and pulled directly from things he covers in class. While his coding labs can be quite time confusing he will be very open to answering any questions you may have as well as providing snippets of code to point you in the right direction.
Mumu Xu
ENAE380

Expecting a D+
Anonymous
11/27/2021
If I could give her negative stars, I would. She is hands-down, the WORST professor I have ever taken in my life. Not only will she NEVER teach you python, she will also assume you are a compsci major with a hefty background in python. Her homework assignments stump even graduated compsci majors. She gives zero direction, expects you to fend for yourself, and if you struggle, its YOUR fault for not understanding, not her fault for failing to teach the subject matter. TL;DR - NEVER TAKE A CLASS WITH MUMU XU. SHE IS THE WORST PROFESSOR AT UMD, AND SHOULD NOT STILL RETAIN A JOB.
Mumu Xu
ENAE380

Expecting an A
Anonymous
06/11/2020
Dr. Xu's a very hands-off professor when it comes to this class. Her lectures, although interesting, do nothing to actually prepare students to understand the software and programming side of aerospace engineering. There is a lack of communication between professor and TA: the labs that students are supposed to do have no relation to the actual material taught in the class. Thus, when you go to her office hours to ask her about the homework, she literally cannot help you because she did not write the homework. Personally, I think the most important part of this class is the programming (done in Python). Her failure to focus on Python syntax for a bunch of ENAE students that only learned C++ makes the class more difficult than it needs to be. Considering that you don't learn much from Banes' class either, you're stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to this class. I highly recommend learning Python during your free time to help you with this class.
Anthony Banes
ENAE380

Expecting a B+
fiddlerkrt
12/23/2010
Unfortunately, the fact that the midterm and final are both open-note lulled me into a false sense of security in this class. I did very poorly on the midterm and this cost me dearly even though I had around a 90 on the labs and the final. Here is some advice about this course. Work on the labs in groups since it is faster and it guarantees your code is correct. Next, print the lecture notes BEFORE class and make sure you understand everything. Finally, do not take your time on the exams. The midterm was four pages and I spent way too long on the first three so I left the last one completely blank. I missed an A- by 0.8% so try to heed my advice. Professor Banes is a nice guy, but his lectures are very boring. Do not be fooled by the grade distribution from 2009 like me, because I think he cracked down on this class a little bit.
Anthony Banes
ENAE380

Expecting an A
a778999
12/25/2009
Not a good lecturer. Don't bother showing up to class because it won't help your grade. Quizzes are take-home and he lets you use the internet. Finals are open-note so just print out the powerpoint slides and bring them in. Labs are assigned and graded by the TA. I was lucky to have a good TA who made easy labs and helped anyone who was struggling. Overall I didn't learn anything from this class but it was an easy A.