Tanya Faltens received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from UCLA in 2002. While doing Postdoctoral research on bio-related nanomaterials, she became involved in developing California NanoSystems Institute(CNSI) outreach activities, also at UCLA (2003-2004.)
Dr. Faltens spent two and a half years at the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley, developing and delivering hands-on science activities to students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (2005-2007). She designed and taught the first LHS summer NanoCamp for high school students in 2007, and has returned in summers 2008-2010 and 2012 to teach the camp again.
From 2007-2013, Dr. Faltens taught engineering courses at Cal Poly Pomona. These courses included Materials Science and Engineering, Electronic Properties, Semiconductor Device Fundamentals, and the Engineering First Year Experience lecture and lab.
Her research projects included the synthesis and characterization of magnetic nanoparticles for use in wastewater remediation, and the creation of thin-film wide band-gap semicondutor structures with controlled nanoscale porosity for organic photovoltaics. One of her undergraduate research students was awarded one of 10 university-wide scholarships for her research on the use of magnetic nanoparticles for wastewater remediation, and has just started her PhD program at UC Riverside, researching water quality issues (Fall 2013).
While at Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Faltens was the adviser for the annual NanoDays event, partnering with UCLA and Pomona College, in the Claremont Colleges. She also used nanoHUB.org simulations in her courses to give students a virtual lab experience where they can get a more intuitive feel for the behavior of semiconductors under different temperature and doping conditions.
In April of 2013, Dr. Faltens moved to Purdue University,and started a new position as the Educational Content Creation manager for nanoHUB.org. If you are interested in using nanoHUB in your courses or activites, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She is now helping to plan the NanoDays activities at the Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue, and continues to be involved in nano and educational outreach. One of her projects is creating an online community for K12 educators where they can share resources and collaborate on projects within nanoHUB. Among other projects, she is also advising undergraduate students who are creating user-friendly GUIs for nanoscience simulation tools on nanoHUB.
In her free time, Dr. Faltens enjoys photography and yoga, and is slowly lengthening the time she can maintain a headstand, from nanoseconds to microseconds... and beyond.
Nanoscale phenomena, Data visualization, Technology tools and applications, Environment, Societal implications, Safety