Peter Kofinas

15 reviews
Average rating: 4.27




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BIOE453

Expecting an A-
Anonymous 10/31/2016
The content was oddly specific, and there was a lot of memorization of seemingly pointless things that we should be able to look up in the real world. In general, it was hard to understand what was important in the course content and why it was important. Kofinas was an ok lecturer, somewhat boring, but the biggest issue is just not knowing how to study for tests. Very helpful method of giving us the homework solutions before the homework was due. I actually learned a lot more from looking at the homework solutions than from the class, and if he had put up the solutions after the homework was due, I probably wouldn't have checked the solutions as carefully.
BIOE453

Anonymous 05/15/2016
He's a good guy, but he can be a real tough ass sometimes. His class starts off fairly easy, but it gets significantly harder with a bunch of polymer math. He's not the most engaging in lecture which makes it hard to follow. There a lot of things which aren't on the slides that he tests you on, so recording lectures can be a good idea. The one thing I like about his class is that he spends a good amount of time talking about applications of biomaterials in medical devices. This was really interesting and unlike other BIOE classes where a bunch of useless equations are shoved down your throat, I feel that I learned something useful in this class. His class isn't all that easy and you are going to have to work if you want to get an A. Overall I feel that Kofinas was a pretty good professor and that I did learn a lot from taking his class.
ENES100

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/12/2011
Kofinas is a very nice professor. This year's project had nothing to do with oder designs. Kofinas helped a lot, he will give you a good grade if you show you contribute to your team and work hard on the project
ENES100

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/09/2011
Kofinas wasn't a great professor, but he wasn't bad either. Would try to help all of his students, but didn't do well at actually helping. In this class though, that didn't really matter to much as he didn't actually have to teach us anything. Easy class, not difficult by any means, and has a major curve. When it comes to building your hovercraft, be creative, and make sure you stay involved in your group. Present your ideas clearly in your presentation and you will be set. Kofinas' biggest pet peeve was when people copied older designs. He would rather you built a totally new design that didn't work as well.
ENES100

Expecting an A
Anonymous 07/17/2011
If you have the opportunity, I would definitely suggest taking ENES100 with Dr. Kofinas. Go out of your way to talk to him occasionally, because you want him to know your name and that you're contributing to your group. PROS: a really nice guy, very willing to help when he can (or at least tell you which other professor to ask), and very reasonable with assigning milestone and final grades. CONS: lectures are long and not very exciting (but what can you expect when a professor is expected to cover everything from physics, to electronics and programming), at least 2/5 questions on the ENES100 midterms always seem to be awful (in-depth questions on topics covered for a week), and the success of your group really depends on how lucky you are with members (i.e. how many good computer/electrical engineers you get)... but those last two are just related to the course as a whole
ENES100

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/31/2011
Kofinas is a really nice guy and I enjoyed having him as a professor. He was very helpful and friendly throughout the semester, especially during the hovercraft project.
ENES100

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/21/2011
The previous reviewer is wrong. Kofinas has been extremely helpful during assembly room hours. When he does not know the solution to our problem, he always makes sure to point out to the right resource for us to get an answer, whether this is Chris, Evandro or some other teaching assistant. He is also vey accessible and helpful outside class hours.
ENES100

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/05/2011
He just seems so confused. He constantly walks around just watching us and then we have to ask him if he has any questions. Then he'll usually just say what we're doing is wrong, but isn't able to help us fix it. We have to go to Chris to get more help. His lectures aren't exciting, but I feel like it's like that anywhere. He knows that though so he tries to joke around. He's nice, he just doesn't know how to communicate with the students when it comes to shop hours. He's also an easy grader and admits that this class gets curved majorly. It's very hard not to get an A with him.
ENES100

Expecting an A
zhangsta 12/23/2010
Dr. Kofinas is a cheerful person and will try to help you on your design. He's also a pretty easy grader on top of that. However, his lectures are pretty boring, but they tend to have most everything you'll need to know for the class in them. Other than that, as long as you do your work, it's pretty much impossible to not get an A in his class.
ENES100

Expecting an A
vnsach 05/31/2010
This teacher is extremely lenient. Though his lectures can be boring, he is very understanding when it comes to grading. Overall i would recommend taking the class with him if given the opportunity.
ENES100

Expecting an A
aloo1111 05/11/2010
This professor is really nice. The lectures in the beginning of the class are dull, but important and easy to follow. When building starts he is very helpful and what seems like him being really harsh is really his way of saying, "from my experience that won't work".
ENES100

qpal 05/12/2009
He is awesome! He is very fair. Go to class, do work during the hovercraft construction time, and you'll get an A. He is very positive and optimistic, and he wants you to succeed. I was very impressed how well he knows his stuff on fluid mechanics and general hovercraft design. Very friendly and personable, open to giving advice on variety of engineering majors.
ENES100

Expecting an A
kvizzle321 12/20/2008
Only gives homework for the first couple weeks (which you are allowed to work on with your hovercraft group). Curves a lot and only one test, a midterm which is easy. Attendance is important. Show you are contributing to the hovercraft and you should be fine.
ENES100

Expecting an A-
jahs389 11/25/2008
This guy is really good, the previous comment is very true. Show him that you're working, and WORKING IN YOUR TEAM and you will exceed in this class. The man is also very knowledgeable about Engineering as a whole and I ask him for advice concerning things beyond ENES100.
ENES100

Anonymous 02/06/2008
Best professor ever! Knows his stuff on hovercraft design, especially fluids. He is personable, funny, always willing to help. If you attend class, and show him you are participating in the construction of the hovercraft, you are guaranteed an A