Prof. Rusinek is an early-career faculty member at UNLV who has mentored 2 PhD students and over 15 undergraduate researchers in the last 5 years. Several of Prof. Rusinek’s students have received awards to travel and attend both national and international conferences. Prof. Rusinek is a firm believer in the development of scientific writing skills and the impacts on student development. As such, several of Prof. Rusinek’s undergraduate researchers have received co-authorship on peer-reviewed publications. In Prof. Rusinek’s group you do not have to have a 4.0+ GPA, all you need is a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and a desire to push your intellectual boundaries.
Professor Rusinek is interested in electroanalytical chemistry, sensor development, and materials technology. This includes development in both biological and environmental sensing where applications in neurochemical detection, wearable sensors, and environmental monitoring coalesce for tangible impact on society. Prof. Rusinek is also interested in electrochemical materials development for energy applications in CO2 reduction and nuclear power production. In Prof. Rusinek’s group, students are exposed to a multi-disciplinary environment, pulling from knowledge in chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science.