Sorinel Adrian Oprisan, Ph.D.


Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Charleston

58 Coming Street
RITA building, Room 325
Charleston, SC 29401
phone:(843) 953-0780
fax:(843) 953-4824

Computational neuroscience research supported by a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation

Computational Neuroscience at College of Charleston

Teaching highlights: College Offers Concentration in Growing Field of Computational Neuroscience, The College Today

Student mentoring highlights: Summer Research in Computational Neuroscience Unites Student Interests, Disciplines, The College Today

Research highlights: Professor Wins Top National Science Foundation Award, The College Today

Outreach highlights: Hands-on lessons make College of Charleston trip memorable for Mitchell kids, The Post and Courier

Updated April, 2019


Research Interest:
  • computational neuroscience
  • nonlinear dynamical systems, chaos, and fractals
  • artificial intelligence
  • statistical mechanics and thermodynamics
Sponsored by NSF-Career, South Carolina Space Grant Consortium, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and College of Charleston.

  • over 60 peer-reviewed research papers
  • three books (statistical mechanics and thermodynamics)
  • six book chapters published by Springer
  • eight conference proceedings
  • over 15 peer-reviewed extended abstracts/short research papers
  • over 160 abstracts
  • over 40 invited/contributed talks
Professional Membership


Developed New Interdisciplinary Programs: Developed New Courses: Technology-enhanced Innovative Teaching:
  • Michael J. Auerbach Award for Excellence in Student Research Mentorship, School of Sciences and Mathematics (2019)
  • William D. Moore Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award, College of Charleston (2013)
  • Gordon E. Jones Distinguished Achievement Award, School of Sciences and Mathematics (2011)


  • Director, Neuroscience Program (2015-2016, 2018-2020)
  • Adjuncts Oversight Committee (2017-)
  • Faculty Compensation Committee (2016-)
  • William V. Moore Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award Committee (2013-)
  • Research and Development (2010-2012)
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities, CofC representative (2008-2010)
  • Departmental Faculty Senator (2007-2010)
  • Academic Planning (2008-2009)
  • Mitchell Elementary Science Outreach (2010-)
  • Math Meet (2010-)
  • STEM events (Charleston STEM Festival, Lady Cougars STEM Education Day, Riverdogs STEM Education Day)
  • MUSC Student Research Day
Editorial Board Member: Conference Organizer:
  • Scientific Committee Member/Chair of over 70 international conferences
  • South Atlantic Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (Organizing Committee), Charleston, SC, October 24-25, 2014.
  • Neuropalooza - College of Charleston & Medical University of South Carolina Neuroscience Symposium (11/22/2013;1/30/2015;2/5/2016;2/10/2017)