Ms. Shalane Hairston
Fab Lab Assistant
All Things Physics (and Engineering too!)
Ms. Shalane Hairston comes to the North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM) from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Physics. She was born and raised in Reidsville, NC and attended high school at Rockingham Early College High School (RECHS). Shalane will be working with our physics faculty and students to ensure course laboratories are a great learning experience. Shalane will also support the NCSSM community’s use of the Peter T. Haughton Fabrication and Innovation Laboratory.
We sat down with Shalane to talk with her about her love for Physics and Engineering and teaching.
How did Shalane first become interested in Physics, Engineering and Computer Science?
Shalane was always interesting in Computer Science and IT but her first entry level Physics course in undergrad really captured her heart. She was originally going to major in Computer Engineering (for her Senior High School project she built a computer from scratch), but she quickly switched to Physics and Physics for Engineers in college because she loves to learn the fundamentals of how things work and loves to teach anything Physics related.
What did Shalane do before coming to NCSSM?
Shalane comes to NCSSM with a variety of physics and engineering experiences including interning as a web developer in Hong Kong and developing a website and app called "Protect Your Skull." She also worked closely with the COHERENT project at Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratories (TUNL), where Shalane was in charge of simulation and calibration of a two ton Sodium Iodide (NaI) detector that was deployed to Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Why did Shalane decide to work at a High School?
She came across the job ad and realized there was more to the job than met the eye. She got a really good vibe from the staff, and the job filled a lot of areas of physics she was interested while giving her to opportunity to teach and work with students.
What is Shalane's favorite thing about NCSSM?
The Fab Lab, of course! Also, the staff and the fact that it is an on-campus high school.
What does Shalane like to do outside of NCSSM?
She likes to cook (anything!). Culinary school was her Plan C if Physics didn't work out. She is also interested in music and used to play the clarinet and saxophone in the marching band.
If Shalane could give NCSSM students one piece of advice, what would it be?
"Don't belittle yourself or think down at yourself. Try your best and put your best foot forward."