His teaching ability is pretty decent, Hes clear and gets the message across well so you can learn in his class
His attitude is absolutely terrible. He has no passion to help students whatsoever and most people in our module dislike his attitude. He obviously doesn't want to be here and obviously doesn't like interacting with students and to be honest he needs to be trained on his people skills. Hes good at teaching but very disrespectful towards students and people are generally scared to approach him for help because of his negative uncaring attitude towards students.
His lectures on Flight Mechanics are straight to the point and clear whilst notes are informative and posted to Ulink on time
His ability to inspire students is considerably lacking. He is incredibly rude and tends to become destructive on any projects he supervises. His knowledge of aeronautical engineering, particularly in the design and aerodynamics sub-field is not as intact as he makes out and he has in the past shown tendencies towards institutional racism to many of his pupils. This, coupled with the fact that he has somehow managed to obtain the position of undergraduate course director for the aerospace engineering course has meant a rather sour and lack-luster approach to both the syllabus and the aero-department itself. The sooner he leaves, the better.
Well, the man sure is knowledgeable on what he is teaching. If you do attend his lectures, you will be learning. If you missed any of his lectures, then goodluck getting any help from him (see section below).
It's sad that the lowest rating you can give is one star. I don't think this man deserves a single star for feedback, intranet support and office hours/approachability; in fact, he is so unapproachable that even the word itself fails to describe him. He never wants to see anyone in his office. He never wants to help anyone. He never replies to emails. His attitude is bad, and if you ever do approach him (especially on why he hasn't replied back to your emails), he will criticise you and blame you instead of admitting his own faults. He will also take down every lecture notes from the Blackboard one week before the exam. Dr Alvin Gatto? More like Dr Alvin Gotto go.
Is knowledgable to some extent and his lectures are somewhat interesting
Not as clever as he makes himself out to be. Lazy and unproffesional most times you walk into his office if you somehow catch him in there he has his feet up on the desk with no shoes on coupled with the most miserable look on his face and a poor attitude. Alvin has no compassion in helping students and almost revels in their struggles. Very difficult man to either work or reason with as he always has the mentality of its 'your' fault. Whats even more shocking is he is head of Level 3!!
There is very little to write with regards to what is good in his teaching, but I feel as though I should try and look for the positives in what is some very, very poor lecturing. He makes an attempt in the first and second year to be all matey-matey with you but you will soon realise how he turns on each member of your class and turns the whole class against him. At the time of writing this, all the reviews about Gatto were so relatable to my experience.
He has been known in the past, and I have experienced it myself first-hand, to use his position as the course director to try to get students to slander and criticise other lecturers whenever issues have been risen by the students. This is clearly an effort by Alvin to assert his authority in the department as the Alpha Male and undermine his peers. The man has a serious ego complex issue which clearly stems from the fact he never made it as a commercial pilot and has left this man bitter like an unripened lemon. What he actually covers in lectures is relatively standard flight mechanics and algebraic equations and he is confident in delivering those lectures as he knows he cannot be challenged on the syllabus and notes as it is relatively simple maths. However when it comes to 3rd year projects where you have to see the man (I'm sorry calling a coward like him a man is inexcusable) on a one to one basis, he refuses to back down from his way of thinking and even lies through his teeth and abuses his position of authority to get his way. Whilst carrying out my 3rd year project with him as a supervisor, I felt unable to question his thought processes, marking and feedback (most of which were just downright vicious unnecessary comments). Rather than letting me, as a 20 year old, take on my own project with him providing support and supervision as per his job description, he was a hindrance to the success of my project and I felt pressured into agreeing with him on issues where he was clearly wrong all for the sake of my mark. This is unprofessionalism of the highest order. It is only now that I have graduated that I feel as though I can truly express my true feelings on the man. I'm sorry COWARD. Actually I'm not sorry. I also made every attempt possible to fill up the "What's good?" box, yet as you can see it was a struggle. I would not want to be in a workplace with this unpleasant human being and would stay well away from working with him in the future.
If you are on the good side of him, you are cushty, stay on it, if not, look at the next section... for level 2 his lectures are just about on par with the minimums for his subjects such as flight mechanics.
The man seems to lack any sort of real motivation to teach, most of what he teaches are based on basic principles underlying his subject which can easily be googled or wikied, and he doesn't really know much else beyond that or if he does, he is unwilling to teach it. If approached regarding his subject, he would rather show you the door out his office. When presented with a valid argument or situation which he does not agree with, he will usually resort to passive to overt aggressiveness towards a student, very apparent in his projects. He also doesn't mind taking rather personal jibes at his students when he really gets riled up. He doesn't understand how to handle straight forward critical discussion. Not professional at all, uses offensive language liberally, and will put a student on a pedestal or defame their character to others depending on if you are on his good or bad side at the time. What's more, he is the M/BEng Aerospace/Aviation Course Director, which is a major mistake on the position placement for Brunel. A course director should be approachable and willing to listen to students, he is as approachable as a rabid angry Bear. He has also neglected to manage the courses under his belt, leading to much confusion and worry among students, regarding if our course even had RAeS Accreditation as advertised, which was handled absolutely poorly. Would highly urge the university to at least provide the adequate training for him to teach and handle students properly or get him out.. PERIOD. We are not paying for this, we pay to be taught professionally (and should it not be said... BE TREATED WITH DECENCY AND RESPECT as all human beings should...). To fellow students, my advice is to avoid Dr Gatto at all costs, lest your degree be filled with undeserved stress and misery. I know this review is harsh, but he deserves it and Brunel does not deserve to have such a jaded and blatantly offensive faculty member teaching under its name.
Dr Gatto is one of the best aerospace lecture in Brunel, he knows his stuff, and he knows how to teach. He is very helpful, immediate reply to email even during weekend and willing to spend extra office hours to help. Always approachable, friendly and affable. He doesn't back down on anything; if you have a problem, he will help you until you finally understand everything. He is very knowledgeable.. An exceptional teacher and lecturer. Additionally, he is very professional, friendly and supportive. When he design any plane or vehicle.., always looks industrial based, he does not deal with silly rubbish design like other lecturers do in Brunel. I had a change to work with him and literally he educated me, I am very happy to have this man as my supervisor.
He is very helpful and he knows all aerospace disciplines and also he is very good at experimental designs....
He is very intelligent person and has transferable-skills . I think he is the only lecturer in this school who know most of aerospace stuffs such as wind tunnel tests, computational analysis, flight testing and etc. I attended his Flight Mechanics class and he knows how to teach, how to explain the theory with real examples... Brunel might be so lucky to have this kind of multi-task lecturer.
He works over time :)