Positions

Overview

  • I am a native of Birmingham, AL, where I spent my childhood until moving to New York to study dance at the School of American Ballet through Scholarships from the Ford Foundation. I received my Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where I was the 2006 recipient of Samuel B. Barker Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies at the Master’s Level. In my graduate work, performed under an NIH-NIBIB fellowship, I combined theoretical, computational, and experimental techniques towards the development of novel nanomaterials with biomedical and energy applications.

    After receiving my Ph.D., I was awarded an NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship for work in the Applied Chemicals and Materials Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado. My work at NIST focused on the modeling and design of novel materials for plasmonics and photonics. In this work, I used density functional theory methods to derive the optoelectronic properties of 2D materials and developed semi-classical techniques for coupling these properties with the continuum. This approach allowed for efficient mesoscale spectroscopic modeling of metamaterial heterostructures.

    Currently, I lead the UAB Distance-Accessible Physics Education Project and have served as project coordinator since 2014. I joined the Department of Physics as an Assistant Professor in 2019. I am Chair of the Technology-Enabled Physics Education Committee. I have also served as Chair of the UAB Physics Curriculum Reform Committee and as a member of the UAB eLAC Enabling Technologies Committee and the QEP Advisory Council. In 2016, I led the development of the first Quality Matters-certified course in the Department of Physics. My education research and teaching interests include the development of self-efficacy and STEM affinity in diverse populations of undergraduate physics students, evidence-based course design, gameful learning strategies, and strategies for delivering individualized instruction at scale. My course development efforts center around the use of computational modeling and simulation to support learning in introductory physics, physical science, and astronomy courses.
  • Teaching Activities

  • PH201 - College Physics I (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PH201 - College Physics I (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PH222 - General Physics II (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PH505 - Studies in Physics Teaching II (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PH201 - College Physics I (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PH201 - College Physics I (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PH222 - General Physics II (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PH201 - College Physics I (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PH201 - College Physics I (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PH221 - General Physics I (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PH201 - College Physics I (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PH222 - General Physics II (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PH201 - College Physics I (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PH201 - College Physics I (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PH201 - College Physics I (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PH221 - General Physics I (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PH201 - College Physics I (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • PH222 - General Physics II (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • AST111 - Astronomy of the Universe Lab (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • AST113 - Ast of Solar Sys Lab (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PH100 - Preparatory Physics (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PH201 - College Physics I (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PH202 - College Physics II (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PH202L - College Physics Lab II (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PH202R - College Physics II Recitation (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PH222 - General Physics II (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PHS101 - Physical Science (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PHS101L - Physical Science Lab (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PH201 - College Physics I (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PH202L - College Physics Lab II (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PH202R - College Physics II Recitation (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PH221 - General Physics I (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PH201 - College Physics I (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PH222 - General Physics II (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PH201 - College Physics I (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PH222 - General Physics II (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PH201 - College Physics I (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PH201L - College Physics Lab I (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PH201R - College Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PH221 - General Physics I (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PH222 - General Physics II (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PHS101 - Physical Science (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PHS101L - Physical Science Lab (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PH221 - General Physics I (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PH222 - General Physics II (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PH222R - General Physics II Recitation (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PH221 - General Physics I (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PHS101 - Physical Science (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • PHS101L - Physical Science Lab (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • PH100 - Preparatory Physics (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PHS101 - Physical Science (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PHS101L - Physical Science Lab (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PH100 - Preparatory Physics (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PH221R - General Physics I - Recitation (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PH490 - Preparations for Teaching (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PHS101 - Physical Science (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PHS101L - Physical Science Lab (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PH100 - Preparatory Physics (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Science or Mathematics in Physics, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2011
  • Master of Science in Physics, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2006
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Physics, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2003
  • Full Name

  • Anna Rast