Chih-Kong Yang

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EC ENGR M16
Logic Design of Digital Systems See Full Profile

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CK is the funniest professor I have ever taken in EE department. CK stands for clock cycle. You will also get a TA whose name is CL YANG, where CL stands for combinational logic. There is another TA called Ryan Stark, who is actually very helpful. Believe it or not, with YANG as the professor and Ryan Stark as the TA, there is a student named Ryan Yang. okay enough gibberish, let's get to the main point.

The class is held at Royce 362, the most depressing and religious classroom you can get at UCLA. The lighting is so dim and to make things worse, the long curtains that hang all the way from the ceiling blocks most of the natural light. Sitting in the classroom was like attending a medieval cult.

CK would usually walk into the classroom with his charming smile. His voice is very gentle, and at a very low key. So if you sit in the back of the classroom, his voice will sound like a humming bee, monotonous and almost inaudible. Sitting in the front does not make things better, it only makes you fully exposed to his hypnotism. For many times in this place of salvation, I left my flesh in the seat while my soul wanders in the realm of Hypnos.

The only time when CK raises his voice and brings me back to reality, is when someone asks about universe and future technology. He would suddenly look up from his ipad and very sincerely, like the sloth in Zootopia, say word by word: "that------is------a-------very------good------question-----!"Then he would go off the tangent and bore everyone to death, putting me back to sleep.

As people before me has mentioned, CK is very proud of his scribbles and drawings, on his cute little ipad with his cutie little pen. He once forgot his cuties and did not know where to write. He became so worried that I stayed awake while he paced anxiously on the podium. I went back to sleep after he finally decided to write on the board. CK loves to call his scribbles on ipad "in class specials", which is not posted in order "to reward people who come to lectures". His hieroglyphics, however, were incomprehensible. I once took a photo of his drawings and ended up spending several hours decrypting it. In the end I still did not know what he wanted to express: the anger of Zeus, or the misery of mummies?

CK, as a physicist, releases homework and design assignments that obey Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. You can never know what he asks for and how he wants you to approach it at the same time. To make matter worse, like Schrödinger's cat, the assignment changes its meaning with every visit you pay to his office hour. Your attempt of trying to understand the spec will change the meaning of the spec. My friend and I once came up with five possible interpretations of a question and posted a clarification post on Piazza. I thus included all possible cases and turned in my homework feeling assured. When the grade of that homework came out, however, I lost all points: CK has always meant the sixth interpretation.

Given the elusiveness, trying to find CK in finals week is like pilgrimage: you are not guaranteed to see him at that specific time slot. Even though the office door might be open, the lights turned on, desk neat and tidy, the professor himself might not be there. All you can do is wait patiently until the god reveals himself from outer space. Finding CK, however, is not the biggest challenge. When CK think you are retarded and not understanding what he is trying to say, he will issue a reset signal, clear all the conversations so far and start from the very beginning. And again, you have to let the god finish first.

CK himself is a very successful businessman and vice president or whatsoever of the EE department. One of my friend said he once heard CK talking over the phone like, "I need these shipped to ...by...", in the tone of a big boss: fast, articulate and coherent. Given CK is so successful, education might just be what he does for entertainment.

Even though I slept through most of his lectures, I did not miss a single one. I still remember in the very first lecture he gave for this class, he said, "I know many of you would like to take a refreshing nap on the lovely grassland or back in the dorm, instead of coming to my lecture. But I wouldn't mind if you choose to sleep on the seats in front of me." I have always chosen to sleep on these seats. These seats are soft, and mean as much to me as the couch means to the Simpsons.

I would still encourage you to take this class, with this once in a life time professor.

(Spring Quarter 2018)
COM SCI M51A
Logic Design of Digital Systems See Full Profile

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EC ENGR 89
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EC ENGR 115AL
Analog Electronics Laboratory I See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.6 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.8

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EC ENGR 115C
Digital Electronic Circuits Full Profile > 3.5 Overall 2.0 Easiness 1.5 Workload 3.2 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness
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EC ENGR 115C
Digital Electronic Circuits See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.0 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.2

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EC ENGR 194
Research Group Seminars: Electrical Engineering See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.2

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EC ENGR 215B
Advanced Digital Integrated Circuits See Full Profile

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EC ENGR M216A
Design of VLSI Circuits and Systems See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.1 Helpfulness 3.0

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pro: Ken Yang is a very nice guy, knowledgable professor.

cons:
1. He scanned through a hundred slices in one and a half hour, with brief/no explanation, with soft voice. I got lost after 30 mins of lecture.
2. He doesn't care too much about students besides teaching. He is not responsive on the questions in Piazza (class forum for students to ask question).
3. His grading is not fare, tests and homework does not reflect to the lecture.

Conclusion: Nah~! please try to avoid him. He is the second worst EE professor in UCLA. The worst one is Jason Woo who is his friend. If you have to take him, GOOD LUCK!

(Dec. 20, 2014)
EC ENGR 299
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EC ENGR 299
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