All Ratings and Reviews for Andrea Kasko
Professor Kasko's tissue engineering class was not too hard at all. She has two lectures a week and it's only an hour and a half and the friday discussion are up-to-date research papers regarding tissue engineering and the students of the class lead the discussion. She goes over cells, signals, scaffolds, and bioreactors and goes into the broad concept of each one. There is only one midterm and there is a final presentation as well as a take home final (open note/book). There isn't much commitment to the class (no attendance necessary), but I went to all the classes and discussion and got an A. The take home final was not bad at all and the final presentation, I admit, did take a lot of time, effort, and preparation, but overall the class was well presented and is not hard as long as you keep on track. I would highly recommend her class. Btw, she loves cats.
Avoid this professor as she is the worst professor in the entire BE department. Class is poorly organized, research is not cool at all. I am wondering how can professor with this level knowledge and class organization skill get her tenure!
Worst professor ever! Materials are more than 10 years lagging the current research. Doesn't really know the cutting edge CRISPR techniques but she still talks about it. Class is poorly organized and no insightful instruction on final projects.
Do not take. There are other BE electives out there with far less work. There was a project(proposal) in this class about drug delivery and the requirements were highly unclear. Additionally, the slides were horrible and did not prepare you for the exams. Just do yourself a favor and take a different elective.
Dr. Kasko runs an interesting class. There is one midterm and one final, plus a group project which runs for the entire quarter and has several components. Your group (3-5 people) gives two initial presentations plus a final presentation as well as a short written report. The group project is essentially theorizing a novel implant or some sort of biomaterial that can be used to solve a current clinical problem. Depending on your group members (you choose your group), this can be a really fascinating project (or really difficult). Lectures are fairly interesting, some days they get boring but I generally liked the material. It starts out with materials science basics, moves into common materials used as implants and their properties/uses, and finishes on the body's reaction to implants. There are no homework assignments to key you in to what she thinks is important, so that made it quite difficult to study for tests but pretty easy/minimal workload when it's not time for a midterm or final.
Basically, if you're interested in the implants side of materials science, this is a great class to take. Nothing is handed to you, so you better have good study skills, but it's quite interesting and I would recommend it.
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