Alex Ma

Sr. Lecturer, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Dr. Ma is active in the continued improvement of Chemical Education and STEM Outreach.  He has offered various high school outreach programs for Summer @ Rensselaer.  Dr. Ma is the co-lead for the I-Persist Chemistry Mentoring program.  He is also the faculty advisor for the Chemistry Demo Team, Rensselaer Chemistry Society,  and Phi Lambda Upsilon Chemistry Honor Society. Prior to joining Rensselaer in 2012 as the Freshman Chemistry Coordinator, Dr. Ma was the Director of Outcome Assessment and Program Evaluation for the School of Business and Technology at Excelsior College in Albany, NY. 

Education

Postdoc (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) - "Electrical Conductivity of Poly-Benzyl-L-Glutamate"

Ph.D. Chemistry (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) - "Molecular & Structural Determination of Pitch-Based Precursors for High Performance Carbon Fibers"

MS Chemistry (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

BS Chemical Engineering (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Research Focus
  • Chemical Education & STEM Outreach
  • Test Development & Outcome Assessment
  • Carbon Chemistry & Advanced Materials
  • Polymers, Materials, and Energy
  • Carbon Capture, Storage, Recycle, and Reuse
Select Works
  • W. Colon, J. Fayette, G. Korenowski, J. Steigler, N. Caihua, P. Persans, C. Martin, B. Piper, M. Kiehl, G. Kucinski, E. Zerbetto, S. Tysoe, A. Ma, J.L. Trzepacz, A. Svirsky, “Creating Mutually Beneficial Communities of Care: A review of mentor and mentee positive academic behavior growth and effects on STEM persistence” The 13th Understanding Interventions Virtual Conference (July 2021)
  • J. Fayette, L. Trzepacz, L. Mejia, B. Piper, P. Persans, A. Ma, W. Colon, G. Korenowski, “STEM persistence – partnering science faculty with student life staff” ACS Spring 2021 National Meeting & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas (April 2021)
  • G. Korenowski, A. Ma, K. Morrissey, S.A. Tysoe, “Inoculating hybrid general chemistry classes from the difficulties arising from presenting to multiple audiences” ACS Spring 2021 National Meeting & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas (April 2021)
  • W. Colόn , J, Fayette, L. Trzepacz, L. Meija, A. Ma, G. Korenowski, “I-PERSIST: Developing Learning Communities to Increase STEM Retention” 12th Conference on Understanding Interventions, San Antonio, Texas (December 2020)
  • A. Ma, G. Korenowski, “Designing and Implementing a Proficiency Exam to Identify At-Risk Students in Freshman Chemistry” 42nd Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Saratoga Springs, New York (June 2019)
  • A. Ma, G. Korenowski, W. Colόn “Implementing a Large Scale Peer-to-Pear Mentoring Program in Chemistry to increase STEM Persistence” 42nd Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Saratoga Springs, New York (June 2019)
  • B. Han, F. Xu, J. Cheng, A. Ma, “Creating an Online Test Generating Application for Freshman Chemistry” 42nd Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Saratoga Springs, New York (June 2019)
  • A. Ma, G. Korenowski, W. Colόn “Increase STEM Persistence by Creating a Chemistry Learning Space” 2018 Biennial Conference in Chemical Education, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana (July 2018)