Alex Ma

Senior 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
  • STEM Education and Outreach
Select Works
  • 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)
  • A. Ma, G. Moran-Gonzalez, L. Kilgallon, H. Carroll “3D Printing and the Chemistry of the Periodic Table” 2018 Biennial Conference in Chemical Education, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana (July 2018)
  • A. Ma, G. Korenowski, W. Colόn “Designing and Implementing a Dashboard to Monitor Mentor Performance for a STEM Persistence Program” 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, LA (March 2018)
  • G. Korenowski, A. Ma, W. Colón “Cyber Mentoring for Students in STEM” 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, LA (March 2018)
  • W. Colón, B. Piper, S. Brown, A. Ma, L. Trzepacz, J. Fayette, P. Nooney, J. Yang, M. Kiehl, D. Spaulding, P. Persans, and G. Korenowski “STEM Persistence Program Involving Peer Mentoring of Over 1000 Freshmen Students: From Implementation to Assessment of Impact on Mentors and Mentees” 10th Conference on Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science Careers, Baltimore, MD (March 2018)