CEE 345 Winter 2010: Geotechnical Engineering

Great focus on the truly important things such as intuition over formulas. liked the quotes.”

“The instruction in this class was great. Dr. Zekkos did a good job of covering a broad group of subjects. This gives a good base of knowledge for those going into geotech and helps those of us that will be in other concentrations understand what to look for and consider when we enter the working world. I especially appreciated Dr. Zekkos’s enthusiasm and real life examples, which make the material much more interesting. He motivates me to work hard to excel and learn, especially outside of the classroom. Finally, his willingness to meet and discuss not only course material, but also the students’ lives and interests makes him very approachable and easy to talk to.”

“I think the instruction in this course was excellent. Professor Zekkos was constantly available for office hours and questions, and even if the material was difficult to understand, I was never worried, because I knew that Professor Zekkos would respond to my email or be able to meet to help me to learn it.”

“This course sparked an interest in the field of geotechnical engineering for me. I found the material to be very interesting. I believe the instruction of the course was excellent and the methods of teaching were very helpful.”

“An excellent course. I have a much greater appreciation for geotech engineering although I am planning to concentrate on structures. Professor Zekkos was one of the best professors I have at at UM. It is very clear that he is passionate about what he does. He expects a lot of us, but he always explains why. I feel more prepared for a future in graduate school and the industry. The lab section of this course is the most valuable lab I have taken in CEE so far. I found the labs to be very relevant to what we learned in class. They greatly improved my understanding of the material. Mustafa was an excellent GSI and explained things very well. I did not buy the textbook for this class and I found that I did not need to. I checked it out of the library once to complete a homework assignment. In the future, it might be beneficial to list the book as ‘recommended’ instead of ‘required’ although the reason I did not need to book could be because Professor Zekkos’s completeness in lecture. I enjoyed going to lecture. It never seemed like a chore. Great class!”

“Professor Zekkos – The emphasis placed on experience and professional engineering was enlightening and helpful”

“I liked how he talked a lot about real world cases involving geotechnical engineering. It made things a lot more interesting.

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