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At such a top institution, aren't the profs supposed to be the best?
I am surprised you did not return to a theme you often made, that the rigorous, quantitative courses tend to be grade deflated, while the "fuzzies" tend to be grade inflated, and that students, sitting at the receiving end of this transaction, return the favor when they assess the quality of teaching. This correlation does not hold in every single case, but when you aggregate over large populations, it is surely highly significant.
How can a researcher be bored with basic concepts? Engineering and sciences need the basic concepts to create new ones. Sometimes scientific problems can be solved by reanalizing basic concepts. Knowledge itself is interesting, you dont need "interesting" lectures to make it more interesting. And about helping students who are struggling, if you want to be a great engineering, you have to learn how to learn by yourself sometimes