Azael Barrera

Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics
Colorado State University. Fort Collins, Colorado
Master in Physics
Colorado State University. Fort Collins, Colorado
B.Sc. in Physics
University of Panama
Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics





Professor Azael Barrera earned a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Panama in 1983. He holds a Master’s degree in Physics, and a Doctoral degree in Physics in the area of Atomic and Molecular Physics, at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Dr. Barrera returned to Panama in 1996 and began teaching physics full-time at Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua and part-time at the University of Panama and Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá. At the end of 1999 he worked as adviser to the National Secretary of Science and Technology (SENACYT) and started a national Internet community access centers program known as Infoplazas. In 2002 he was appointed as Director of Technology Development of SENACYT to implement nation-wide programs to promote education and research in Information Technologies, such as a center for research in advanced technologies and connecting Panama to advanced research and education networks.

In 2005 he was appointed as full-time regular faculty with Florida State University Panama to teach Physics and Mathematics for students majoring in science and engineering. Since 2013 Dr. Barrera is also teaching Introductory Astronomy for science and non-science majors. He is currently developing a new course in Physics for Sustainability.

Dr. Barrera is a founding member of the Latin American Cooperation for Advanced Research Networks (CLARA), and member of the Forum for Science and Innovation in Sustainable Development of the Institute for Sustainability Sciences administered by Harvard University. Dr. Barrera has served as special consultant to UNESCO on implementing technologies for community development.

Recent publications:

A. Barrera. “Analyzing Planetary Transits using a Smartphone”, The Physics Teacher, 53, 179-181 (2015), DOI: 10.1119/1.4908091.

A. Barrera. “Unit Circles and Inverse Trigonometric Functions”, The Mathematics Teacher, Volume 108, No. 2, pp. 114-119, September 2014. DOI: 10.5951/mathteacher.108.2.0114.

A. Barrera. “Introduction of Physics Studio Teaching in Panama”, 2012 PHYSICS EDUCATION RESEARCH CONFERENCE, Philadelphia, July 31st-August 2nd. AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 1513, pp. 62-65 (2013). DOI: 10.1063/1.4789652.


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