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Achille Messac
Professor in the Engineering department
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
are you Achille Messac?
Overall Quality
1.4
Average Grade
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Hotness
Helpfulness
1.4
Clarity
1.4
Easiness
1.9
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10/27/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
MAE400 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This man rocks my world.

04/05/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MANE4280 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This guy just blabla in class. A lot of homework, 20 hours. The worst course I ever took.

12/06/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGR2050 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

worst prof ive ever had here

01/20/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MANE4060 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Messac is no doubt the worst professor I have ever had. I showed up at his office hours 3 times. The first two he wasn't there, and the third was useless. He looks at you like you're absolutely nothing compared to him. I've even considered dropping my Aeronautical Engineering major just so I don't have to put up with him ever again.

01/02/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
MANE4060 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

No Comments

11/17/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MANE4060 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had Structures with him 4 yrs ago. I don't know how he could have even one positive review. The fact that he is still teaching shows the admin does not care about the students and the course evals you fill out are meaningless. Not even any of the other profs could stand this man's arrogance and his only friends resided in mirrors. Avoid him!

10/16/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
mane4060 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This guy is horrible. Arrogant, condescending, conniving, and a jerk. Seems to be happiest when no one understand the material. Gives negative scores for homework. One on one questions are useless becasue he will tell you to stop talking before you ask question. Talks down to you then walks about. Worst teacher I can imagine. Go back to MIT

05/08/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
mane4060 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

No Comments

09/14/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
MANE4060 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Appears to be a nice guy on the first day, then it's all down-hill from there.

12/21/2005
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Aerostructures Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Book was horrible, and class was little more than a complete transcription of the book itself. Immense homework assignments (15-20 hours) every week. Thought he might be a decent guy, until the day he de-exempted people from the final b/c of "class participation" grades... one week after he exempted them for their outstanding performance.

12/07/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
Mane 4060 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I thought this class was challenging, but the professor has a method to his madness. He is actually very nice and makes sure every class that the student takes home the overall concept, not just the boring lecture. His tests are hard but he leaves room for improvement with make ups. This class is a piece of cake compared to other similar courses.

10/26/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MANE-4060 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

As the message below this one states "He is not as bad as they say" HE IS WORSE!!!!. The only way he could have gotten a positive review is if he wrote it himself. THIS GUY IS TERRIBLE! I get more from the course by not attending and just reading the book, BECAUSE THAT IS ALL MESSAC CAN DO.

10/24/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Aero Structures Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Not as bad as people make him out to be. One of the professors that actually care about teaching the material to their students. Takes the time to make sure the students understand the basic concepts. Might not make sense at times but tries really hard to be good. Also, the hw isnt too bad if you keep up on it and it helps on the tests.

09/02/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MANE-4060 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

The worst professor I have ever had. All the man can do is read word for word from the awful text he requires and yank his own chain. He is his own greatest hero.

08/13/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MS thesis Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He was at Northeastern Univ., Boston, before joining RPI. He worked there for around five years and could not produce a single PhD! Grad students used to run away!! Crazy guy!! needs Phychiatric help!

04/08/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
mane 4060 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

No Comments

01/13/2005
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
AeroStructures Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Worst professor ever, even more so than Scarton. Totally arrogant ****. Gives -100% for bad scores homework. I dropped the class, because I didn't need it, and it was definitely not worth the effort. Feel bad for the Aero's.

12/15/2004
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
mane 4060 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

worst prof i've had at rpi and i've had scarton and feesor. he wont let you have your book in class because he just hand copies it onto the projector. the book is horrible too. get help from people who already took it because messac is an idiot and the ta is too

11/10/2004
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MANE 4060 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Likes to give long homework assignments especially before tests. I thought he was a nice guy the first day of class...but that changed very quickly..what a jerk!

11/04/2004
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
aerostrucs Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

total jack@$$... teaching style is repitition of material already in the book; no elaboration of concept. few example problems - too conceptual. Homework takes for freakin ever! gives 2/3 large problems then adds 4-6 problems from the text. gives major - pts for incomplete or hw < 50% correct=(

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