I am currently a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. I am studying atmospheric pressure plasma-driven electrolysis, including the synthesis and characterization of nanoparticle materials and complex in situ characterization of plasma-driven electrolysis processes.
I recently worked as a lecturer for the Senior Design in Materials Science & Engineering course at UC Riverside and prior to that as Academic Coordinator in the Physics Department at UC Riverside. In these positions, I was able to develop experience with teaching and curriculum design in higher education, but I was also able to further the development of my education research program, which seeks to interrogate and explicate racist and sexist structures in STEM higher education through the lens of the students who are minoritized within them.
I completed my PhD dissertation in the Mechanical Engineering department at UC Riverside under the advisement of Dr. Lorenzo Mangolini in 2018. In my dissertation, I presented my graduate research studying the synthesis, control, characterization, and application of three different nanoparticle material systems: yttria-stabilized zirconia, copper-zinc-tin-sulfide, and zirconium nitride. In my most impactful work, I developed a non-thermal plasma technique to controllably synthesize zirconium nitride nanoparticles exhibiting plasmonic activity in the visible spectrum. I am most proud, however, of my work studying structural and defect dynamics in copper-zinc-tin-sulfide thin films via a unique in situ Raman system that enabled characterization of the material in a partially-evacuated sulfur atmosphere at high temperatures. My doctoral research provided me with a strong background in materials science and on the engineering of techniques and apparatus used to study different material systems.
I also completed an MEd in Higher Education Administration & Policy at UCR under the direction of Dr. Eddie Comeaux in 2018. I find this work particularly enlightening because it grounds my worldview and broadens my perspectives. In the education program, I studied the experiences of students of color in higher education STEM programs and the history of the introductory physics curriculum. I have continued to develop my work to interact with the scholarly community of physics education research.
Sep 26 2016 → Dec 12 2018
Award Date: Dec 12 2018
PhD, UC Riverside
Aug 1 2013 → Sep 5 2018
Award Date: Sep 5 2018
Research Interest Keywords
- Nanoparticle Science
- Plasma Chemistry
- Physics Education Research
- Race and Gender Equity in Higher Education
- Materials Science