Director, Bioengineering Undergraduate Studies
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Bioengineering, Rice University (2008-2010)
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Arizona (2008)
B.S., summa cum laude, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering / Mechanical Design,
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Chihuahua, México (2002)
Renata Ramos began her career in bioengineering instruction at Rice in 2008 as a postdoctoral fellow and was promoted to lecturer in 2010. While in this teaching-intensive position, she has undertaken several project-based laboratory modules in biomedical instrumentation, mechanical testing, advanced instrumentation, systems physiology, and laboratory tissue culture. She has also taught lecture courses for the Department of Bioengineering in biomechanics and biofluids and a project-based course in the fundamentals of engineering for Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering.
Ramos’ exceptional efforts in instructional design and course management have been recognized through a Brown Foundation Teaching Grant (2013), and through the Department of Bioengineering’s Teaching Award (2013), Excellence in Advising Award from the Office of Academic Advising (2014), and George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching from the Association of Rice Alumni. National awards she has received include the Teaching Award by the American Society for Engineering Education's (ASEE) Biomedical Engineering Division (2014).
Outside the classroom, Ramos contributes greatly to overall student life as a faculty resident associate to Rice’s college system. She also shepherds student careers as an undergraduate academic divisional advisor for incoming freshman in engineering, as a member of several academic committees for the Department of Bioengineering, and as a faculty advisor in the First Year Mentoring Program, for the Empowering Leadership Alliance, for the Health Professions Advising Committee, and for RicEmpower, which is a student-run association involved in science outreach to Houston high schools. Since 2008, she has been both a technical and primary mentor for freshmen and senior-level engineering design projects at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen.
Ramos is an active member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). She recently submitted a paper for the 2014 ASEE Annual Conference describing the use of active-learning techniques used in her systems physiology laboratory module. The instructional techniques were also the motivation for a Brown Foundation Teaching grant awarded to Ramos to further implement learning by teaching and create student-produced educational videos.