Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Amato-Wierda formally changed her research activities in 2009 to the area of cognition and how it impacts learning of STEM concepts. She is interested in exploring the learning mechanisms necessary for students to develop their conceptual understanding of key concepts in chemistry and physics from k-16. Dr. Amato-Wierda spent her Fall 2010 Sabbatical period at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, visiting the laboratory of Dr. Kurt Fischer and learning his Dynamic Skill Theory, as well as other state-of-the-art models and theories of human cognition. During this time, she also met Dr. Theo Dawson, CEO and President of Developmental Testing Service, Inc, as well as Zachary Stein, Deputy Director and Senior Analyst at DTS, Inc.

    Dr. Amato-Wierda has developed two new general education science courses for non-STEM students. The Science of Stuff is an introductory course in materials science that demonstrates how atomic structure influences the properties and function of matter.Nanoscience and Energy explores nanoscience and its role in providing energy for society in the future.

    Additionally, Dr. Amato-Wierda has served as PI for these previously NSF funded curriculum improvement efforts: (1) General Chemistry Investigations: An Interdisciplinary, Research Team Laboratory, and (2) Implementation of a Materials Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory Component Across the Undergraduate Science and Engineering Curriculum. Dr. Amato-Wierda also played an active role in developing the new graduate program in Materials Science at the University of New Hampshire.

    Dr. Amato-Wierda is the faculty advisor for the UNH Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. She served on the New Hampshire Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers from 2001-2011, and currently serves on the Air Resources Council for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2017 Talking after school: Parents' conversational styles and children's memory for a science lesson.Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.  156:1-15. 2017
    2001 Chemical vapor deposition of Ti-W-C thin filmsSurface and Coatings Technology.  148:262-267. 2001
    2001 Gas phase analysis of TiCl4 plasma processes by molecular beam mass spectrometrySurface and Coatings Technology.  148:256-261. 2001
    2001 Kinetics and mechanism relevant to TiSiN chemical vapor deposition from TDMAT, silane and ammoniaSurface and Coatings Technology.  148:251-255. 2001
    1999 Silane activation by Ti(NMe2)(4) and NH3 during chemical vapor deposition of Ti-Si-N filmsChemistry of Materials.  11:2775-2779. 1999

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title
    2001 Gas phase analysis of TiCl4 and NH3 plasma processes by molecular beam mass spectrometryFUNDAMENTAL GAS-PHASE AND SURFACE CHEMISTRY OF VAPOR-PHASE DEPOSITION II AND PROCESS CONTROL, DIAGNOSTICS, AND MODELING IN SEMICONDUCTOR MANFACTURING IV. 397-404. 2001
    2001 Kinetics and mechanism of the thermal decomposition of tetrakis(dimethylamino)titaniumFUNDAMENTAL GAS-PHASE AND SURFACE CHEMISTRY OF VAPOR-PHASE DEPOSITION II AND PROCESS CONTROL, DIAGNOSTICS, AND MODELING IN SEMICONDUCTOR MANFACTURING IV. 9-16. 2001
    2000 CHEMPROJECTS: Laboratory-driven general chemistry course.ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts. U432-U432. 2000
    2000 Low-temperature chemical vapor deposition of titanium nitride thin films.ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts. U831-U831. 2000
    2000 CVD of carbide multi-phased coatingsMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings. 339-344. 2000
    2000 Molecular beam mass spectrometry studies of the thermal decomposition of tetrakis(dimethylamino)titaniumMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings. 103-107. 2000

    Principal Investigator On

  • NH Tech Camp-Co-Ed  awarded by NH Department of Transportation 2017
  • National Summer Transportation Institute-NH Engineeristas-Girls' Program  awarded by NH Department of Transportation 2017
  • NH IRC: Design, Development, and Demonstration of a Non-equilibrium Atmospheric or Near Atmospheric Pressure Reactive Plasma Device  awarded by GT Solar Inc 2006 - 2008
  • NH IRC: Nanocomp Tech - Gas-Phase Chemistry of Carbon Nanotube Formation  awarded by Nanocomp Technologies Inc 2007 - 2008
  • Silicon Carbide Heterostructures  awarded by Northrop Grumman Corp 2004 - 2005
  • NHIRC: Prototype Process for Poly-Silicon Chemcial Vapor Deposition on Silicon Tubes  awarded by GT Solar Inc 2004
  • Poly-Silicon Deposition on Prototype Reactor  awarded by GT Solar Inc 2002 - 2003
  • NHIRC: Plasma CVD Process For Silicon Nitride Thin Films  awarded by GT Solar Inc 2001 - 2003
  • NH IRC: Protype Process For Polysilicon Deposition  awarded by GT Solar Inc 2001 - 2002
  • Method Enhance Polysilicon Deposition Using Silicone Tubing  awarded by GT Solar Inc 2000 - 2002
  • NHIRC: GT Equipment Technologies, Inc.  awarded by NH Department of Resources & Economic Development (DRED) 1999 - 2002
  • Gas-Phase Chemistry of Thermal & Plasma CVS TI-SI-N Films  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 1998 - 2002
  • Materials Synthesis & Characterization Lab  awarded by Dreyfus Foundation 1997 - 1998
  • Millipore Purifier Test Site  awarded by Millipore Microelectronics 1997 - 1998
  • The Missing link: Gas-Phase Chemistry of Plasma CVD  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 1996 - 1998
  • Materials Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 1996 - 1997
  • An Interdisciplinary Research Team Laboratory  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 1995 - 1997
  • MBMS Studies of CVD of Metal Nitrodes  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 1995 - 1996
  • Engineeristas 2015 Summer Program  awarded by New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • Teaching Activities

  • Nanoscience in Energy Taught course 2019
  • Thermo Kinetics I Taught course 2019
  • Science of Stuff Taught course 2018
  • Science of Stuff Taught course 2018
  • Tech & PBL for Teachers Taught course 2018
  • Nanoscience in Energy Taught course 2018
  • Nanoscience in Energy Taught course 2018
  • Science of Stuff Taught course 2017
  • Science of Stuff Taught course 2017
  • Nanoscience in Energy Taught course 2017
  • Science of Stuff Taught course 2016
  • Science of Stuff Taught course 2016
  • Nanoscience in Energy Taught course 2016
  • Nanoscience in Energy Taught course 2016
  • Science of Stuff Taught course 2016
  • Science of Stuff Taught course 2015
  • Science of Stuff Taught course 2015
  • Nanoscience in Energy Taught course 2015
  • Nanoscience in Energy Taught course 2015
  • Science of Stuff Taught course 2015
  • Science of Stuff Taught course 2014
  • Science of Stuff Taught course 2014
  • Nanoscience in Energy Taught course 2014
  • Nanoscience in Energy Taught course 2014
  • Science of Stuff Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Chemistry, Harvard University
  • B.A. Physics, Harvard University
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Full Name

  • Carmela Amato-Wierda