Renata Ramos is director of undergraduate studies in bioengineering and associate dean of academic affairs for the George R. Brown School of Engineering. She began her career in bioengineering instruction at Rice in 2008. While in this teaching-intensive position, she has undertaken several project-based laboratory modules in biomedical instrumentation, mechanical testing, advanced instrumentation, systems physiology, and tissue culture. She has also taught lecture courses for the Department of Bioengineering in biomechanics and biofluids andÂ a project-based design course in the fundamentals of engineering for Riceâ€™s school of engineering.
Ramosâ€™ exceptional efforts in instructional design and course management haveÂ been recognized through Enhancing Engineering Education and Brown Foundation Teaching Grants, and through the Department of Bioengineeringâ€™s Teaching Award (2013),Â Excellence in Advising Award from the Office of Academic Advising (2014), andÂ George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching (2014, 2017) fromÂ the Association of Rice Alumni. National awards she has received include theÂ 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 (2011-present) to Riceâ€™s college system. She also shepherds student careers as an undergraduate academic divisional advisor (2011-present) for incoming freshman in engineering, as a member of several academic committees at Rice and for the Department of Bioengineering, and as a faculty advisor in the First Year Mentoring Program (2011-2016), for the Empowering Leadership Alliance (2011-present), and for the Health Professions Advising Committee (2011-2017). Since 2008, she has been both a technical and primary mentor for several freshmen and senior-level engineering design projects at Riceâ€™s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. Ramos is also an active member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and a fellow of Rice's Center for Teaching Excellence.