|EDUCATION||Ph. D., physics, University of Houston, 1998.|
|M. S., physics, University of Houston, 1995.|
|B. S., physics (Cum Laude), University of Texas at Austin, 1989.|
|2018 - present
||University of Houston||Houston, Texas|
Physics Education Research and study of self-assembly using x-ray diffraction.
I use interactive and collaborative teaching methods in my introductory physics classes. I also apply collaborative learning techniques in my upper level classes, such as Advanced Lab and Solid State Physics.
||University of Houston||University of Houston|
|Instructional & Research Associate Professor|
|2004 - 2012
||University of Houston||Houston, Texas|
|Instructional & Research Assistant Professor|
|2002 - 2004||University of Houston-Downtown||
|2000 – 2002||University of Houston||Houston, Texas|
Researcher, Advisor: Simon C. Moss & Lecturer
|Study of ordering
and superlattice structure in semiconductor multilayers
using high-resolution x-ray diffraction.
|1998 – 2000||University of California, Los Angeles||
Los Angeles, California
|Postdoctoral Researcher, Advisor: Mark S. Goorsky|
|Analysis of the
structure of a wide range of solid state electronic and
optical materials, using high-resolution x-ray
diffraction, x-ray topography, and atomic force
|1993 – 1998||University of Houston||
|Research Assistant/Doctoral Student, Advisors: Simon C. Moss, Terry D. Golding|
epitaxial growth and x-ray diffraction analysis of
ordering and structural properties in AlInAs and GaInP.
|1989 - 1993||Rockwell Space Operations Company||
|Orbit and Deorbit Design for Space Shuttle missions, including flight feasibility assessments, launch window determination, orbital trajectory design, and deorbit trajectory design.|
2020-2021 University of Houston
Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award
2020 Natural Sciences and Mathematics John C. Butler Excellence in Teaching Award
2018-2020 Physics Teacher Education Coalition Fellow
2016-2017 University of Houston Group Teaching Excellence Award
2014 - 2015 University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award for Instructional/Clinical Faculty
2012 Natural Sciences and Mathematics John C. Butler Excellence in Teaching Award
2008 - 2009 University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award for Instructional/Clinical Faculty
First Annual M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics, 2005
SELECTED REFEREED PUBLICATIONS
R. L. Forrest, D. W.
Stokes, A. B. Burridge, C. D. Voight, “Pre-testing and math remediation
for student success in the algebra-based introductory
course”, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 13,
R. Li, J. S. Gandhi, R.
Pillai, R. Forrest, D. Starikov, A. Bensaoula, “Epitaxial
growth of (111)-oriented ZrxTi1−xN thin films on c-plane Al2O3
substrates”, J. Cryst. Growth,
P. Dutta, et.al., “Epitaxial thin film GaAs deposited by MOCVD on low-cost, flexible substrates for high efficiency photovoltaics”, 2013 IEEE 39th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, p. 3392-6 (2013).
D. Stokes, R. L. Forrest, C. D. Voight, “Pre-Testing and Early Intervention in Introductory General Physics I”, Procedings of the 6th International Technology, Education, and Development Conference, INTED 2012 Proceedings, p. 4450 (2012).
R. L. Forrest, J. Throckmorton, C. L. Canedy, G. Boishin, I. Vurgaftman, J. R. Meyer, L. J. Whitman, “Investigation of Lateral Modulation in Antimonide Superlattices”, Phys Rev. B, 83, 115320 (2011).
Sergey Stepanov and Rebecca Forrest, “Fitting Dynamical X-Ray
Diffraction Data over the WWW”, J. Appl. Cryst., 41, 958, 2008.
S. Stepanov, and R. Forrest, "Remote data fitting at X-ray
Server", In: NOBUGS-2008 Conference Program & Abstracts,
ANSTO, Sydney, Australia, November, 3-5, p.40 (2008).
R. L. Forrest, D. W. Stokes, J. H. Li, R. Lukic, and T. D. Golding, "X-ray Diffraction Analysis of Interdiffusion in AlxIn1-xAsySb1-y/GaSb Multilayers", J. of Vac. Sci. Tech. B 24, 1127 (2006).
D. W. Stokes, R. L. Forrest, J. H. Li, S. C. Moss, B. Z. Nosho,
B. R. Bennett, L. J. Whittman, M. Goldenberg, “Lateral
Composition Modulation in InAs/GaSb Superlattices”, J. Appl.
Phys. 93, 311 (2003).
D. W. Stokes, R. L. Forrest, J. H. Li, S. C. Moss, B. Z. Nosho, B. R. Bennett, L. J. Whittman, M. Goldenberg, "X-ray diffraction analysis of lateral composition modulation in InAs/GaSb superlattices Intended for Infrared detector applications," IEE Proc. Optoelectronics, MIOMD-V Conference, 150, 420 (2003).
J. H. Li, R. L. Forrest, S. C. Moss, Y. Zhang, A. Mascarenhas, J. Bai, “Determination of the order parameter of CuPt-B ordered GaInP2 films by x-ray diffraction”, J. Appl. Phys. 91, 9039 (2002).
R. L. Forrest, E. D. Meserole, R. T. Nielsen, M. S. Goorsky, Y. Zhang, A. Mascarenhas, M. Hanna, S. Francoeur, "Single and Double Variant CuPt-B Ordered GaInAs", in "Self-Organized Processes in Semiconductor Alloys", edited by A. Mascarenhas, B. Joyce, T. Suzuki, D. Follstaedt, Mat. Res. Soc. Proc. 583, (2000).
R. L. Forrest, J. Kulik, T. D. Golding, S. C. Moss, "X-ray Diffraction and TEM Analysis of Ordering and Structure in Al1-xInxAs Thin Films", J. Mat. Res. 15, 45 (2000).
R. R. Hess, C. D. Moore, R. L. Forrest, R. T. Nielsen, M. S. Goorsky, "Reciprocal Space Mapping of Ordered Domains in InxGa1-xP", J. Electron. Mater. 29, 1063 (2000).
T. T. Lam, C. D. Moore, R. L. Forrest, M. S. Goorsky, S. M. Johnson, D. B. Leonard, T. A. Strand, T. J. deLyon, M. D. Gorwitz, "Shear deformation and strain relaxation in HgCdTe on (211) CdZnTe", J. Electon. Mater. 29, 804 (2000).
Y. H. Luo, J. Wan, R. L. Forrest, J. L. Liu, G. Jin, M. S. Goorsky, K. L. Wang, "Compliant effect of low-temperature Si buffer for SiGe growth", Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 454 (2000).
R. L. Forrest, T. D. Golding, S. C. Moss, Y. Zhang, J. F. Geisz, J. M. Olson, A. Mascarenhas, P. Ernst, C. Geng, "X-ray Diffraction and Excitation Photoluminescence Analysis of Ordered GaInP", Phys. Rev. B 58, 15355 (1998).
R. Paniago, R. Forrest, P. C. Chow, S. C. Moss, S. S. P. Parkin, D. Cookson, "Growth Mode and Asymptotic Smoothing of Sputtered Fe/Au Multilayers Studied by X-ray Diffuse Scattering", Phys. Rev. B 57, 13442 (1997).
R. Paniago, P. C. Chow, R. Forrest, S. C. Moss, S. S. P. Parkin, Z. Barnea, D. Cookson, "Influence of Chemical Composition on the Epitaxy and Interfacial Quality of Fe/Au and Fe/Ag Multilayers", in "Structure and Evolution of Surfaces" edited by R. Cammarata, T. Einstein, E. Chason, and E. Williams, Mat. Res. Soc. Proc. 440, (1997).
J. T. Zborowski, R. L. Forrest, T. D. Golding, D. Marton, "Growth of Al2O3/Si Heterostructures Utilizing Gas-Source MBE", Proceedings of the Sixteenth North American Conference on Molecular Beam Epitaxy, J. Vac. Sci. Tech. B 16, (1997).
R. L. Forrest, S. Chen, D. Stokes, and A. Cheek, “Active Learning and Recitation Sessions Promote Student Success in Introductory STEM Courses”, presented at the Association of American Colleges & Universities 2018 Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference, Atlanta, GA (2018).
D. Stokes, R. L. Forrest, A. Burridge and C. Voight, “Impact of a Math Tutorial on Underrepresented Minority Student Success in Algebra-Based Introductory Physics”, presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers Summer meeting, Washington, D.C. (2018)
D. Pattison, R. George, and R. Forrest, “Training the Trainers: Development Programs for Faculty and Undergraduate Peer Facilitators to Improve Teaching and Student Success in Freshman Calculus, Biology, and Physics”, presented at the Bridges to Success Summit (2015).
R. L. Forrest, “Faculty Involvement with STEP Physics Teacher Training: Implications for Experiential STEM Faculty Development”, presented at a UH College of Natural Science and Mathematics Faculty Development Talks, UH (2015).R. L. Forrest, “The Advanced Lab Course at the University of Houston”, Texas Section of the AAPT, (2009).