Ana Oprisan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Charleston

Address: 9 Liberty Street
JC Long building, Room 216
Charleston, SC 29401
phone:(843) 953-7582
fax:(843) 953-4824

Outreach highlights: Hands-on lessons make College of Charleston trip memorable for Mitchell kids, The Post and Courier

Conference highlights: Southern Atlantic Coast Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers Meeting, The College Today

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

  • peer-reviewed papers
  • conference proceedings
  • abstracts/short papers
  • 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

Teaching

Taught algebra-based, calculus-based, Honors College physics undergraduate classes and graduate-level classes for Master of Education in Science and Mathematics for Teachers (SMFT) Program

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

Curriculum Innovations:
  • revised physical sciences curriculum for Master of Education in Science and Mathematics for Teachers
  • developed new graduate-level courses for the Sciences and Mathematics for Teachers program
Technology-enhanced Innovative Teaching:

Research Mentor for Undergraduates and SMFT Graduate Students

  • Bachelor's Essays
  • Senior research projects
  • Capstone projects for SMFT graduate students
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)

Leadership

Service

  • Teacher Education College Certification Committee (2007-)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Faculty Advisor (2007-2014)
  • 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-present)
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)