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ABOUT ME

A little about me.
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“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

I’m a seasoned and award-winning teacher — a passionate leader with a proven track record for mentoring, advising and training students in research. I'm excited to be working with students and really making a difference in their lives. My interests are diverse but connected: research, teaching and learning, excellence, community, spiritual life, empowerment, and growth. As a leader, I strive to be the best enabler of the organization's strategic vision and goals, equipping faculty and students for the 21st century. I am respected for my versatility in assuming challenging and demanding responsibilities

As an educator, I strive to inspire my students to greater heights, steer them into a science major they love, help them find balance in life and work, challenge them to surprise themselves. I am a dedicated mentor who consistently give my time and energy to help my students become better person, better scientists and engineers.

Name

Anderson Sunda-Meya.

Address

1 Drexel Dr, New Orleans, LA 70125, USA.

Phone

+1 (504) 520-5107.
+1 (504) 520-6765.

Email

asm@sundameya.com.
asundame@xula.edu.

“Creativity takes courage”

MY EXPERTISE

In what I'm good .

TEACHING

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
EFFECTIVE MENTORING
TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
STUDENT MOTIVATION
K-12 STEM OUTREACH
HIGHER EDUCATION
LEADERSHIP
SMARTPHONE & PHYSICS LAB
SERVICE-LEARNING

RESEARCH

THIN FILMS & NANOSTRUCTURES GROWTH
2D MATERIALS
PEPTIDES & MEMBRANES INTERACTION
SCANNING TECHNIQUES (AFM, SEM, & STM)
LASER SPECTROSCOPY
GRANT WRITING
BIOPHYSICS
DEVELOPMENT ENGINEERING
LIGHTNNING HIGH ENERGY RADIATION

“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity! If opportunity knocks, and I'm not home, opportunity will wait.”

EDUCATION

My academic.

A well-rounded education

I received my Ph.D. in Physics from North Carolina State University. I also hold degrees in Philosophy and Theology, from the Pontifica Gregoriana Universita (Rome, Italy) and St Peter Canisius Institute (Kinshasa, DR Congo), and a MA in Philosophy and Letters from University of Lubumbashi (DR Congo).

I am fluent in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swahili, Kikongo, and Lingala. I can read German, Spanish, Latin and Ancient Greek.

North Carolina State University- Ph.D. Physics 2007
Surface Science Group

Dissertation: “Shape and stability of epitaxial nanostructures evolving under growth or annealing”
Advisor: Dr. Robert J. Nemanich

North Carolina Central University- B.S. Physics 2001
Summa cum laude

Senior thesis: “Polarimeter for High Energy Photons”

Pontificia Universita Gregoriana- Laurea Philosophy of Science 1993
Equivalent MA

Laurea thesis: “Le langage Ideographique de Gottloeb Frege”

Goethe-Institut- German Language 1991
Certificate of German Proficiency

Universität Innsbruck- German Language 1989
Certificate of German Proficiency

Intensive summer course.

Pontificia Università Gregoriana- B.A. Theology 1991
Sacred Theology

Baccalaureato in Sacra Teologia.

Université de Lubumbashi- Licence Philosophie et Lettres 1988
Equivalent M.A. Philosophy

Mémoire de licence: “Le langage Ideographique de Gottloeb Frege”

Institut de Philosophie St Pierre Canisius- B.A. Philosophy 1984
Baccalaureat (graduat)

Mémoire: “Le Langage du Visage: Une Lecture d’Emmanuel Levinas”

“I can know a lot, but my experience shows the best of me!”

EXPERIENCE

Work experience.
Head & Associate Professor - 2013 - Present
Department of Physics and Dual-Degree Engineering

Xavier University of Louisiana

Associate Chair- 2013 - Present
Division of Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MAPS)

Xavier University of Louisiana

Director- 2014 - Present
Dual-Degree Engineering Program (DDEP)

Xavier University of Louisiana

Executive Director- 2014 - Present
Louisiana Engineering Advancement Program (LEAP)

Xavier University of Louisiana

Assistant Professor- 2007 - 2013
Department of Physics and Dual-Degree Engineering

Xavier University of Louisiana

Teaching Assistant- 2001 - 2004
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Teacher- 2001 - 2003
Ecole Française de Raleigh (French School of Raleigh), Raleigh, NC

Teacher- 1991 - 1992
Collège Boboto, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Teacher- 1984 - 1986
Collège du Saint Esprit, Bujumbura Burundi

Taught French language and Religious studies

2013 Winner of the Norman C. Francis Excellence Award in Teaching

"His students know and understand how much he wants them to succeed. Students say that his door is always open and that he will go that “extra mile” to assist them. He uses inquiry-based learning to help his students grasp various concepts. He provides them with opportunities to apply these concepts through service learning projects with local high schools and through a study abroad course and community service in his native Angola."

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve!”

GRANTS & AWARDS

In what I'm good .

NSF Award #1411209 Terrestrial Gamma Flashes at Ground Level

This project at Xavier University involves a group of undergraduate physics majors in experiments to observe gamma rays from lightning by constructing an array of detectors that can observe terrestrial gamma flashes from the ground.

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NASA EPSCoR Award #NNX15AM61A

TETRA-II: An Experiment to Study Terrestrial Gamma Flashes and the Role of Energetic Particle Acceleration in Lightning and Severe Weather Events.

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ONR/Navy Award #11864508

Faculty Start-Up Program in Materials at Xavier University of Louisiana.

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NSF Award #1540465 Collaborative Research:

Collaborative Research: Standard: Comparison of Communications across Campus Cultures (The 4C Project): Toward Evidence-based Customization of Learning Experiences.

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NASA Award #NNX13AR32A

New Orleans Regional Collaborative (NORC) for STEM Retention

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US NRC Award #NRC-27-10-1117

NRC Science Scholars: Education, Scholarship, Mentoring, and Service Learning

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“Latest news and information of interest!”

ACTIVITIES

Recent Information.
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Latest publication: Elliptic solitons in optical fiber media

We examine the evolution of a time-varying perturbation signal pumped into a monomode fiber in the anomalous dispersion regime. We establish analytically that the perturbation evolves into a conservative pattern of periodic pulses whose structures and profiles share a close similarity with the so-called soliton-crystal states recently observed in fiber media.

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Presentation at the 2015 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (PACIFICHEM™)

PACIFICHEM 2015 took place in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 15-20. We presented three posters.

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Invited talk at the 10th IEEE Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference (NMDC 2015)

NMDC 2015 was held in Anchorage Alaska, on 13-16th September, 2015. My talk title was: “Synthesis and characterization of MoS2 nanostructures and 2D layers using Pulsed laser depostion system”

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“Think my experience can help you? Do not hesitate to write!”

CONTACT ME

Do not hesitate!

Want to say hi? There are a few ways (above) to get in touch with me. To visit my lab or the Physics Department, use the location address above. And, if you're in New Orleans, you can just try yelling really loud.