Colinas, Ian

Ian Colinas was born in Tijuana, Mexico and immigrated to the United States at the age of 19 in order to pursue a career in science. After 3 years of studying in a community college in San Diego, he transferred to the University of California Santa Cruz where he obtained a B.S. in Chemistry. He is now a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz. As a material chemist, he is interested in developing new materials for water purification applications, as well as designing bacteriocidal materials for surgical devices and surfaces. Ian has been a teaching assistant for the last 4 years, which has contributed to his desire to become a science educator. He would like to teach in a community college, while working in a water treatment facility. After participating in the ISEE PDP he's now interested in active learning and science pedagogy, and hopes to use apply these new teaching tools to become a more engaging educator. As a long term goal, Ian would like to travel and teach at underrepresented communities in order to show the relevance of science and inspire future scientists.