Dr. Sandra Russo-Rodriguez has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After postdoctoral research at M.I.T. she worked as a research scientist in industry for several years including research at Polaroid and Amgen. She synthesized diverse compounds to support discovery programs in digital imaging, bioorganic chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and custom synthesis. Her research interest was the synthesis of biologically relevant molecules. Dr. Russo-Rodriguez came to Brown University in 2005 to teach the Chem 330T tutorial program. The Chem 330T/332 tutorial provides an opportunity to study Equilibrium, Rate and Structure in a small individualized setting with a focus on process oriented guided inquiry active learning and collaborative problem solving. She teaches an online summer Chem0100web tutorial and the fall semester Chem 100 Introductory Chemistry to help students prepare for Chem 330. In Chem 100 she develops materials for active learning small-group problem sessions. She supports students in Chem 330 and Chem 350 courses with open office hours. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in July 2017.
Dr. Russo-Rodriguez aims to increase the retention of diverse students in STEM. She is a freshman/sophomore adviser and mentor since 2006. She was appointed a TEAM Adviser in 2011 and a Randall Adviser in 2012. She was honored with a Teaching and Advising Award by the Undergraduate Council of Students for outstanding commitment to student mentorship in March 2014. She received the 2017 Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) Access Ambassador Award, which is presented annually to a "faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional awareness, inclusiveness, and support for students with disabilities" in May 2017.