CSE 145 Application Process

Class enrollment: The class has an application process.

This class is unlike most other classes that you will take. The grade is entirely dependent on your class project which is evaluated in several ways over the quarter. This will (hopefully) be a project that you can brag about to potential employers, family, friends and random people on the street.

Enrollment is by instructor permission only so that I can ensure that students are ready to take this class. I plan to limit enrollment to about 20-30 students. The only prerequisite is CSE 30, but students who have taken other core courses, especially 140, 141, 120, will have some advantages in terms of developing projects.

My main goal is to ensure that you are understand what this class is all about. You must have lots of initiative and problem-solving ability for the class. I will not judge based on GPA. I understand that the best system builders are not always the best test takers (and vice versa).

To apply to enroll in the course, submit the following information to me via email:

  • Your name and student PID
  • Your potential schedule for next quarter
  • The quarter you expect to get your degree
  • A brief description on your system building experience
  • A brief description of your potential project including any team members and previous work and experience in this area. Please look at the project tab for ideas. There are other options that are not listed. Please get in touch with me for more info.

I will respond to your email with a short confirmation email to say I got your application. If you want to have preferential consideration, you should submit your application by February 27. I will decide on the initial batch of students by March 6. After that applications will be accepted on a rolling basis up until March 30 (or until all the slots are taken), but preference is given to those who submit their application early.

I will judge the applications based on how prepared I feel you are to handle these projects. Therefore, those that have experience and previous work in your potential project domain will be ranked higher. I strongly suggest that you contact the me or the project mentors to get a better idea of what the project entails. Students who have done initial work to find a project (or even better have started working on the project) are more likely to be accepted into the class.

I am happy to talk to you more about the class and potential projects. Please email me to schedule a time.