Richard McCuen

10 reviews
Average rating: 4.50




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ENCE305

Expecting a B-
Anonymous 10/06/2018
Nothing anyone else has not said, very strict(do not even try to go to the bathroom). but you learn and he makes things applicable to real engineering problems. He grades VERY strict, i received a 2/5 on a homework problem, when it was the right answer, because i did not box my clear answer.
ENCE305

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/24/2015
You will know the material cold after this class. It will be drilled into you through countless in class examples, nightly homeworks (each only taking about an hour) and of course, dilligent studying that is absolutely necessary for the three exams and the final. McCuen is a strict teacher. Make sure your phone is off and away before you walk into his class! Walk in late and you will not get credit for that days homework. His exams are a speed game, and points fly off with his grading. Don't talk to other students during his lecture. Go to class, take good notes, practice practice practice, and you will do fine. McCuen is a thorough, respectable, dilligent and demanding teacher.
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John Martin 04/26/2011
if you know about fluids and its reputation, you should know how difficult it is. and most people know that mccuen is probably the strictest teacher in civil engineering. however, he is the one professor ive had that kept me engaged in the class and really taught the concepts in an understandable way and a way that related to real world engineering problems. his tests are hard and you have to really know the concepts and be able to retain them instantly. in short, the students who put in the most time and work will do the best in his class. because of that, id say hes a very fair teacher.
ENCE305

Expecting a B
Anonymous 01/20/2011
I was not a fan. He knows how to teach the material but goes a little fast. He does not use a text book, only very old handouts which I really did not like. He recommends a text book or two but they do not compare well to the types of problems he does. I did not see him as a very fair professor. He claims to be the most strict grader in the engineering school. I do not know if it is being strict or just taking off an arbitrary amount of points for the solution not being perfect. Not to scare anyone--but 5/31 (or so) people dropped or withdrew from the class. Now recalculate the grade distributions... I would not take him again. But good luck with whoever you take!
ENCE431

Expecting an A-
Anonymous 12/28/2010
Dr. McCuen is an excellent professor. He truly wants the best of his students and expects the calibre of work to be of the highest level, which is understandable since 431 is a senior level, design oriented class. Every topic covered has relevance to field work/design. Homeworks and projects were tough but necessary in order to be able to understand the material. This was a great course!
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Anonymous 08/29/2010
Skating by is not an option in his class. The minimum you can do and still pass is still a lot. This is all done for a reason though. His ultimate goal is for you to learn your stuff. Get ready for nightly homeworks, projects, and manageable (stressful nonetheless) tests. One of UMD's finest teachers. Talk to him any day of the week and he will help you. On a bad note, he does favor female engineers.
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Anonymous 06/17/2010
FANTASTIC PROFESSOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Teaches the material in a clear, concise way. Combines both theoretical and applied topics in hydrologic engineering, better preparing us for the real world
ENCE305

Expecting a B
purplemonkey 12/23/2009
McCuen is strict, but he has his students' success at heart. If you go in to seem him for homework help or show concern in your grade, you'll realize his objectives are to prepare students for the real world. That being said, stay on top of the homework, and always always always go to class. He tends to have a pop quiz once or twice in a semester on precisely the day you're not there, and missing it could strongly hurt your grade. You'll learn a lot and remember more material than you'd expect in his classes.
ENCE305

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/20/2009
I wholeheartedly agree with the previous review.
ENCE305

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/07/2009
Dr. McCuen is the best professor I have had at the university, thus far. Although he tends to be strict, his teaching style (very real-world based) and ability to keep us on our toes all throughout class are unlike any professor that I have ever taken. A good number of people drop/fail/do badly in this course and it's known to be one of the hardest classes in the civil engineering curriculum. I think that if you stay on top of your work and get engaged in the subject (which isn't that hard because fluids is very interesting), you have a very good chance of getting at least a B. I like the fact that this is my most challenging course this semester and I will definitely retain the knowledge I gained from this course long after I graduate.