Ana Oprisan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Charleston
Office: Rita Hollings Science Center, Room 305
phone:(843) 953-7582
fax:(843) 953-4824

Brief Summary of My Work

Teaching (2007-2012)

Taught over 17 algebra-based, 2 calculus-based, 4 Honors College undergraduate classes and 12 graduate-level classes for Maters of Education in Science and Mathematics for Teachers (SMFT) Program

Taught 19 undergraduate and 6 SMFT graduate-level independent study/special topics classes.

New Courses:
  • ST: Fundamentals of Physics (SMFT)
Curriculum Innovations:
  • revised physical sciences curriculum for Maters of Education in Science and Mathematics for Teachers
  • developed new graduate-level courses for the Sciences and Mathematics for Teachers program
  • computer-assisted labs with PASCO
  • online homework system

Research Mentor for Undergraduates and SMFT Graduate Students (2007-2012)

  • Bachelor essays (2)
  • Senior research projects (1)
  • Capstone projects for SMFT graduate students (11)
Undergraduates Received Awards:
  • Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Charleston (2010)
  • Award of Merit, SSM poster session, College of Charleston (2010)
  • Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Charleston (2009)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Award, Outstanding Male Undergraduate Scientists, South Carolina Academy of Science (2009)
  • Awards for Outstanding Student Research, South Carolina Academy of Science (2009)
  • Award of Merit, SSM poster session, College of Charleston (2008)
  • Horace Byrne Explorers Club Award for Outstanding Frontier Science by an undergraduate student, South Carolina Academy of Science (2008)

Research

Sponsored by South Carolina Space Grant Consortium and College of Charleston.
Research Interest:
  • Experimental study of fluctuations and phase separation in soft condensed matter
  • Experimental and theoretical study of critical phenomena and boiling
  • Fluid dynamics near the critical point
  • Dynamic light scattering experiments and theory
  • Image processing
  • Enhancement of teaching using technology

Publications (2007-2012)

  • six peer-review papers
  • five conference proceedings
  • over 30 abstracts/short papers
  • six invited/contributed talks

Awards

  • Distinguished Teaching Award (2013).
  • First Year Experience Service Award (2012-2013)
  • Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC (2007).
  • Bill Good Award for Outstanding Research Activity from the Physics Faculty of the University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA (2003, 2006).
  • Outstanding Teaching Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers (2003).

Professional Membership

Service

  • Teacher Education College Certification Committee (2007-)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Faculty Advisor (2007-)
  • Steering Committee of Science and Math for Teachers (SMFT) Graduate Program (2007-)
  • Quattrochi Scholarship Committee (2008, 2009)
  • South Carolina Course Alignment Project (2008)
  • Regional Science and Engineering Fair Judge (2008-)
Outreach:
  • Physical Science Teaching Workshops (November 16, 2011 & December 3, 2011)
  • Mitchell Elementary Science Outreach (2010-)
  • Math Meet (2010-)
  • The Girls Day Out -Science Outreach Event (August 4, 2012)
Referee:
  • Review of Scientific Instruments (2011-)
  • American Institute of Physics (2011-)
  • Journal of Heat and Mass Transport (2012-)
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award (2010, 2011)

Leadership

  • Chairperson of the Local Organizing Committee, South Atlantic Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Charleston, SC, October 22-23, 2010