A Sweet First Impression: A Tribute to Professor Billah
I distinctly remember sitting in the EAS building the first week of my freshman year in 2004. Professor Billah walked into the room with slow confident steps, eyes down, both hands behind his back. He had a blazer and slacks on - looking very formal standing where he stopped just inside the door frame. His expression was stern, and he asked the class "What is....." and paused.
All of us in our seats wondering how he would finish he sentence as he looked around the room. "...the only food that goes directly to the brain?" he asked. I cannot recall if anyone was brave enough to offer an answer, but as I recollect he quickly answered "SUGAR!" and he tossed two packages of cookies at our class. He then explained it was good to have a little 'healthy' chemical stimulation before exercising our brains.
Later, after my first co-op experience in bio-med I made the choice to change majors from bio-med to civil. This decision was largely based on my first semester experience in Billah's mechanics of solids class. This decision shaped my life in so many positive ways over the past 15 years.
- Matthew Reihl '09 M.Eng. '09