Teaching Evaluations

Spring 2016: University of New Mexico, ECE595, Physics of Solar Cells

Course Description: Introduction to solar cell physics, materials, and characterization. This course will cover several topics including global energy requirements and sources, the photovoltaic effect, limiting efficiency of solar cells, electronic and optical properties of photovoltaic materials, solar cell device physics, design of solar cells, monocrystalline and thin film solar cells, photon management, device characterization, and next-generation technologies.

Enrollment: 9

Evaluation: 55% of the class completed

Overall Teaching Effectiveness of the Instructor: 4.6 / 5.0 (“Highly Effective”)

Student Comments:

  • “Homeworks were very helpful to further understand the concepts.”
  • “Demonstration of fundamental concepts from scratch and also the practical problems assigned in assignments contributed to most of my learning.”
  • “Course was great.”
  • “I am happy that I took the course. Now I probably know more about solar cells than 99% of the population and that’s pretty cool.”

Spring 2015: UC Davis, ENG 17, Circuits I

Course Description: Basic electric circuit analysis techniques, including electrical quantities and elements, resistive circuits, transient and steady-state responses of RLC circuits, sinusoidal excitation and phasors, and complex frequency and network functions.

Enrollment: 171

Evaluation: 83% of the class completed

Overall Teaching Effectiveness of the Instructor: 4.3 / 5.0 (“Very Good / Excellent”)

Student Comments:

  • “Professor Montgomery is extremely approachable and eager to assist students in any way he can. He pushes us hard but he makes sure we understand the material.”
  • “Very clear and straightforward teaching methods. He brought relevant examples to class and introduced topics in an order that made sense in a way I could understand.”
  • “Really like his teaching method.  He always introduces the concepts first, the he lets us to do the example problem in class. After a few minutes, he will go over the answers and explain why.”
  • “Youtube videos and piazza are extremely helpful. All deadlines and upcoming course material are clearly laid out ahead of time which makes it very easy to get ahead on the material and formulate questions about material that does not make sense initially.”
  • “He would always stay after lecture for as long as necessary to answer people’s questions. He was a nice person and a good teacher; very approachable if you needed help.”
  • “You are very organized, and neat, and have everything planned in advanced. Thank you for being so disciplined, and for doing a great job in teaching this course. I wish you could teach EEC100 and all my engineering classes.”

Summer 2014: UC Davis, ENG 17, Circuits I

Course Description: Basic electric circuit analysis techniques, including electrical quantities and elements, resistive circuits, transient and steady-state responses of RLC circuits, sinusoidal excitation and phasors, and complex frequency and network functions.

Enrollment: 71

Evaluation: 95% of the class completed

Overall Teaching Effectiveness of the Instructor: 4.1 / 5.0 (“Very Good”)

Student Comments:

  • “Easy to follow lectures, on time, holds extra office hours, and tries his best for students to succeed.”
  • “Lecture was really clear and organized. Made lecture interesting.”
  • “Very helpful, reasonable instructor. Straightforward choices of material that are conducive to actually learning about circuits.”
  • “Professor Montgomery was excellent. He offered more office hours than any other professor I’ve had in the past and made confusing topics much easier using a lot of examples.”
  • “Dr. Montgomery was an amazing teacher. He was always willing to help students inside and outside of office hours. He also answered any pending questions on Piazza ASAP. He had a good teaching method and used alot of examples within his lectures so students could understand the material and learn how to apply it.”
  • “Overall great professor, one of the better that I have had. Glad I was able to take him.”

Spring 2014: UC Davis, ENG 17, Circuits I

Course Description: Basic electric circuit analysis techniques, including electrical quantities and elements, resistive circuits, transient and steady-state responses of RLC circuits, sinusoidal excitation and phasors, and complex frequency and network functions.

Enrollment: 192

Evaluation: 91% of the class completed

Overall Teaching Effectiveness of the Instructor: 4.0 / 5.0 (“Very Good”)

Student Comments:

  • “Very good instructor. 5/5. Among the best instructors I’ve had here at UC Davis. Clear lectures. Tests are fair. Website is inviting. Very good.”
  • “Instructor was very knowledgeable about the material and created many outlets to be reached if a student required assistance. Instructor kept in mind student’s needs and maintained his curriculum to best accompany student’s needs without jeopardizing the content or quality of the course. Overall this instructor performed very well.”
  • “Very good teacher. Probably one of the best teacher’s I’ve had at UC Davis!”
  • “Dr. Montgomery clearly spends a great amount of effort on this class (eg. number of/timely responses to students’ questions on piazza, lecture wrap-ups, organized slides, etc.). It’s also nice to have a professor make little jokes and witty comments while teaching.”
  • “Dr. Montgomery has done an awesome job for someone teaching for the first time.”
  • “Dr. Montgomery was always well prepared and always made his expectations of the class explicitly clear. That is a huge benefit to the students. His lectures were very informative and truly did help to reinforce the concepts presented in the readings and in the homework.”