We are excited to welcome Dr. Catherine Rastovski to the Physics Department at the Alexandria campus. She will be teaching with us part time and will be taking over the PHY 232 section scheduled to run on Fridays this fall.
Dr. Rastovski has been teaching and doing physics outreach for almost 20 years. A native of the greater Chicago area, she earned her M.S. in physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and taught physics for several years in northern Indiana. She received her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Notre Dame in 2014. Dr. Rastovski’s current favorite science activity is volunteering with the RESET organization bringing fun science experiments to the third graders at Jefferson-Houston Elementary school.
We are excited to announce that we will have a new physics instructor at Alexandria for the fall semester. Dr. Alejandro de la Puente is joining the Alexandria Physics faculty as a part time Assistant Professor and will be teaching the Saturday PHY 231 section.
Dr. de la Puente received Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame du Lac, and is a High Energy Theoretical Particle Physicist. He is currently a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow serving in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Undergraduate Studies at the National Science Foundation. His research has focused on building and studying new physics models to address the nature of dark matter, the naturalness of the Higgs boson, and the mechanism for neutrino mass generation.
Dr. de la Puente has a passion for education that has allowed him to organize High Energy Physics outreach activities in Latin America and he is a spokesperson for Instituto Apoyo, a non-profit organization with a mission to design and implement educational solutions to promote inclusive social development in Peru. He is working to design and promote new ways to improve undergraduate STEM education is the United States, identifying and studying best practices to increase retention and diversity in all STEM fields.