Reviews for Evandro Gurgel Do AmaralAverage Rating:
Grade Expected: A
January 5, 2014, 7:22 pm
|Not a good professor. Picks favorites in the class. Incredibly condescending for all the projects and is completely unreasonable. He often worked on his computer for another job outside of UMD will students sat dazed and confused over poorly running hovercrafts. |
Sorry Evandro, but he should not be teaching here. HOWEVER, he does give good life advice at the end that I do agree with.
Course material is cool but the actual hovercraft project is far to difficult for most people. No one qualified from our class for the competition.
DO NOT BUY BOOK, NOT NEEDED.
Get another professor.
Grade Expected: A
January 3, 2014, 10:42 am
|If you a good GPA take him. Besides for that, he sucks. On the first day of class, he's going to say that all of the bad reviews on him are from kids who failed or slacked off. That's completely false because I attended every class and did very well in his class. |
Evandro is very unprofessional. He grades presentations based on the professionalism but he himself doesn't show any. He's the rudest person you're going to meet and he never gives directions for any of the milestones. Also, he knows absolutely nothing about the science behind the hovercraft. He trashes on the programming part all the time even though it's like the most important part.
Take him for an A, but if you want to enjoy the class, find someone else.
November 25, 2013, 11:39 am
|Let's be perfectly clear, ENES100 is a tough course. Regardless of the teacher, it's a struggle to keep up with the work especially meeting with team members. |
Pre-construction is rather straightforward, study for the in class quizzes, review the online lectures, and don't forget about the online quizzes!
Evandro Valente is pretty tough on presentations, you'll be lucky to get an 8.5/10. He expects a lot from this students and relies heavily on the online lectures to teach. Most of your grade will depend on your level of prior knowledge about physics (mainly fluid mechanics). I would suggest reading from the green engineering textbook if you're struggling with the physics. I know for my section, we received extra credit on the homework (which were freakin' impossible!!! They were awful and evil).
During construction is a *****, plain and simple. Calculations mean almost nothing when you actually test your fans. And then testing means almost nothing when you actually use your fans. Nothing will go right, but you'll eventually get there through trail-and-error. And here's Evandro's one great, redeeming factor. He pushes back the due dates on the Milestones. I'm not sure if it was just my year or if he does so every year, but this fact makes the course much easier and less stressful.
Good Luck Future Engineers.
Grade Expected: B+
May 24, 2013, 6:43 pm
|Evandro is a horrible teacher, just like most other ENES100 professors. They all love to throw a bunch of shit at you and expect a bunch of freshman to master it. This is the biggest bullshit class ever and for bio/chem/materials/fire protection/civil engineers, this class is completely useless and a waste of time. |
However, The reason I gave Evandro 1 star is because he IS NOT A FAIR GRADER. He will always rip your reports and/or presentations for every little thing. It is practically impossible to get an A on your reports and/or presentations. On top if that, if your team doesn't do good on the hovercraft, your fucked. Evandro gives EC on the HW for 'neatness' and has several other methods of 'quiet curving' (THERE'S NO EXPLICIT CURVE IN THIS CLASS!!!), however those little points here and there are not enough. He doesn't curve nearly as much as the other ENES100 professors. Some semesters, believe it or not, he's had as low as 28% A's. In fact, most semesters he has slightly less than 50% A's.
This is SUPPOSED to be an easy 'A' class, but this is actually not the cxase with most ENES100 professors, but especially with Evandro. For this class try to get Calabro. really the only way to get an A in this class is to do really good on the hovercraft tests/competition. If you don't qualify, you drop half a letter grade, and the hovercraft tests are worth much more. That is the make it or break it.
Also, my advice to you is TO TAKE THIS CLASS SEMI-SERIOUSLY BECAUSE IT IS NOT AN EASY A!!!!!.
Grade Expected: B
January 20, 2013, 6:51 pm
|How is this guy still here? I Second the long review guy too. DO NOT TAKE EVANDRO. He is by far the worst teacher in the world. He doesnt care about anything at all. He will teach a little in the beginning and then just sit on his computer and his high horse while you work your a## off in front of him. He is so self-absorbed. His head is so far up his own a** all he sees is his own s**T. He will screw you over in the end, if your team was unfair to you and graded you poorly he will not care at all what you have to say. He wont even let you explain your situation to him. Even if you try to appeal above him, he just goes behind your back to whoever you are appealing with and get them to side with him before you can say anything. He is not a good person and should be fired from UMD, There are many other proffesors out their willing to teach, and the University of maryland should look into it and replace evandro valente as he is not fit to be a teacher in a university.|
Grade Expected: C
May 21, 2011, 8:39 pm
|I wholeheartedly agree with the reviewer with the REALLY long review. I heard stories of this class being a "breeze" and how someone completely bombed the midterm and still got an A and all that bullshit. Lies. Homework is nothing like the vague boring lectures on Friday and you have to go to keystone(3 hours long) maybe twice a week to get it right. Extra credit did nothing. He was boring and his TA Brian was an asshole who looked down on everyone. I am not shy to hard work. I went to all the homework sessions and did not cheat and I still failed the midterm. It was by far the hardest with questions not even resembling the homework. Evandro was a Complete dick. Avoid at all cost because he is the fucking worst.|
By The way, this class definitely caters to only mechanical, electrical, and civil engineers. So, if you are bio, chem, or a fire engineer, you are shit out of luck with any info into your perspective major. Have fun with this fucking waste.
Grade Expected: B
May 17, 2011, 2:03 am
|Where to beginâ¦ So much to sayâ¦|
Content: Appropriate for the most part, but some things did not have enough coverage for us to do the homeworks or other parts of the project. Extra credits did help, but was very subjective. If you cannot stay after class, because of sports, or you have to catch the bus home, or have a job, or anything like that, your opportunities of doing extra credit go down. The book that you must buy for this class is only good for the homework problems, because the homeworks are the book problems! Other than that the book is completely useless (a rip-off) and is very bad at explaining things. (BTW it is written by the professorsâ¦)
You generally have to learn everything on your own if you really want a solid understanding of these basic engineering concepts. If you are like me, (new to Pro-Engineer software for CAD), the homeworks will be a b*tch to say the least.
This class depends ENTIRELY on the professor. Others have told me that if you work hard and the teacher sees that you are working to the best of your ability and really try to get your hovercraft on point, you generally get an A or a really high B. But not with Evandro Valente.
I learned very little from this class and this man. This class was very tedious and a general pain in the *ss. All you learn is how much bullsh*t you can deal with at one time, and how much stress you can tolerate. and how useless of a class ENES 100 is. It should be counted as a 4 credit class. My advice - since this class is not a prerequisite for anything, take it senior year and you will ace the class. - Or in the summer so you dont have to do the hovercraft project . It is NOT fun, unless you are a nerd with perverted social disorders. You donât actually learn anything when it comes time for building the actual hovercraft. It just takes up time and your own personal money (There is something they DONâT tell you). This class will CONSUME YOU.
Also make sure your group pulls their own weight, otherwise one person in your group (or a few people) will end up doing pretty much all of the work and pull some all nighters. Do NOT be project leader, it is extra work and extra stress that you do not get compensated for at ALL in any way. You may have worked harder and longer than anyone else in your group, but your grade will still be the same as everyone elseâs.
As for the professor: Evandro Valente is definitely just as sh*tty of a teacher as he is as a person. A general d*ckhead to say the least. He rambles on about useless details and instead of telling you what you should do, he proceeds to tell you what NOT to do, through examples of his ex-students mistakes (which he enjoys laughing at). It is very strange; he LIKES to see people get hurt and enjoys being a pessimist. He thinks he is the sh*t times twelve, and loves to see his students f*ck up. He does a horrible job at explaining things. Avoid this f*cker at all costs, I cannot stress it enough. Usually teachers in this ENES 100 class help you and guide you if you are having trouble or give you sound advice, but this man RARELY gives constructive criticism and will probably laugh in your face if you make a mistake, or correct you when you have already spent a lot of money on your hovercraft. This guy doesnât really give a sh*t about his students. He expects you to know the material and understand things that HE IS SUPPOSED TO TEACH YOU. Example: In class he was rambling one day about his proficiency in racquetball which as abso-f*cking-lutely nothing to do with ENES 100, and ran out of time to go over the Gantt chart, and said I donât have time to teach you this, you are going to have to learn it on your own (Almost verbatim right there!-others in the class can agree with me on this). When it came time to the presentation, he docked points off because of the Gantt chart we made for our hovercraft, picking at little useless details that we had NO IDEA were wrong âBECAUSE HE NEVER TAUGHT ANY OF IT TO US. You will probably fall asleep in his classâ¦ I honestly donât know how he is still here teaching at UMD. Definitely knows how to lose track of time and waste away the class period. Very hard to deal with and talk to. He is also very hard to understand and communicate with because he speaks like a middle school child with Downâs Syndrome, honestly. He is a harsh and subjective grader. Many of the things he docked points off of on our reports were subjective. I took the report to an ACTUAL engineer with 20+ yrs experience in defense contracting, telecom, marketing, and high tech start ups, also agreed that many of the things we got points off on was subjective and the way we had it originally was acceptable in a REAL engineering/technical report. Hmmm letâs seeâ¦ since Evandro did not cover all topics he was supposed to, when it came time to the midterm, there were some things A LOT of us did not know how to do. If you are generally a smart person and catch on to things pretty quickly, you will do decent. If you are a normal person and are âaverageâ you might get screwed.
I could go on with other instances, but I am already up late with other engineering work. In short, STAY AWAY FROM THIS D--BAG. There are much better teachers out there. Although this class sucks extreme monster donkey balls, you can alleviate the strain by getting a nice, understanding, helpful, and knowledgeable teacher, like the opposite of Evandro Valente.
ENES100(and evandro), Goodbye and Good riddance.
Grade Expected: A
March 24, 2011, 9:59 am
|The entirety of the course is made up of building a hovercraft.|
Evandro is one of the better ENES professors. If you ask him a question, he will answer it.
Since ENES100 is a required course, if you get evandro, you're lucky.
The first half of the course is full of hard homework assignments and the midterm. to do the homeworks, there are keystone hours where TA's will help...go to those. the midterm was difficult and there is no curve on it.
The second half of the course is better because it is the building of the hovercraft.
As long as you have a good team, the course is easy, even though it takes up a lot of time.
Grade Expected: A
April 29, 2010, 4:27 pm
|ENES100 is a terrible course. |
Evandro is one of the better professors because he is concise on what works and what does not. If you ask him for help, he can help.
Your grade is pretty much split 50/50 between things you control (homework and the midterm) and your group's performance. As long as your portion of the project works, it is hard for others to complain. Sadly, in every group there is at least one subsystem team that manages to bring the entire project to a screeching halt.
The textbook is only necessary if you are the person who does the ProE for your group. Otherwise it is irrelevant.
March 29, 2010, 10:42 am
|He is very condescending, and full of himself|
Grade Expected: A
June 17, 2009, 11:15 am
|As a teacher... I don't even remember what he taught. As a person... not much better. Easy class though, just go to class since he takes attendance and don't piss your teammates off and you'll get an A.|