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ENGR 96A: Soap Synthesis
I only saw the professor himself once, but he was not the person really running the class (run by two students). This class is super duper fun and I highly recommend taking this, or at least taking an ENGR 96A class in general. In this particular class we made our own soap, choosing our own scent and coloring. However, the bulk of the work that you will have to put in will be in designing and constructing your cooling tower. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE ON THIS. While my group eventually got it done in the last few weeks, we did not use our time as efficiently throughout the quarter and had to come into the makerspace numerous times to grind out the project. If you work diligently each session then you will be in a good place come time of your final presentation (which was extremely chill and most of us were laughing our asses off at our design malfunctions). As long as you have an actual final product that works or comes close to working you will not get a bad grade, so don't worry too much about the grade and just try to enjoy your time!
I took Engineering 96A: Autonomous Rovers with instructors Caleb Lessard and Nicholas Kuenning. They were both very engaging and fun to work with. Both are visibly passionate about engineering and devoted many hours of their own time to help us when we hit obstacles.
The class consists of teams developing small Arduino-controlled robots that could navigate a course and retrieve a target autonomously. The class itself had only about three hours of scheduled lecture and lab time, but most teams spent considerable extra time to complete their robots, especially during the last few weeks. The objectives given to the teams were challenging but not impossible. As of Fall 2019 all necessary materials were provided. Overall, it was a very fun experience. I'd highly recommend the class to anyone who has an interest in robotics, mechanical design, coding, or electronics.
Engineering 96A: Design of Coffee
I had Richa Ghosh and Steven Drooz for my undergrad instructors. They were pretty good. Richa and Steven are pretty clear when they go over the lecture for the day, and the labs are pretty laid-back. I was not (and am not) an avid coffee drinker, nor am I a coffee connoiseur (yet), but I have learned so much from the labs and lectures. Example: roasting coffee beans produces a popcorn-like smell! For the final design project, you get a $100 budget (wow!) to purchase unroasted beans (and other supplies; don't worry, much of the overhead is provided) that you will use to make your best-tasting coffee to present to the class and some guest professors. For my class, we had Profs. Guio, Schmidt, and Park visit!
Also, in case you are taking this class, Boelter 2808 is on the west edge of the Boelter rectangle, accessible from the open "garden" on the second floor.
The Rockets class was very fun and hands-on. The class was led by other undergraduate students and the professor only showed up once to review the Finals presentations. Overall, it is an easy class and would 10/10 recommend.
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