Renata F. Ramos, an associate teaching professor in bioengineering (BIOE), has been named associate dean of academic affairs for the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, as of July 1.
Ramos first came to Rice in 2008 as a lecturer in BIOE, and since 2014 has been the department’s director of undergraduate studies, managing most aspects of the program and serving as the primary adviser for all undergraduates.
“Renata has the ideal experience and temperament for the position. She is an accomplished, award-winning educator. She has served as a passionate advocate and mentor for students through various roles in bioengineering and as a resident associate,” said Reginald DesRoches, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering.
Ramos has developed and taught many bioengineering courses, including Bioengineering Fundamentals, Biomechanics, Biofluids and several laboratory courses in such subjects as Biomedical Instrumentation, Mechanical Testing, Troubleshooting of Medical Devices and Systems Physiology.
“The associate dean of academic affairs is a critical role at an important time for the school of engineering,” DesRoches said. “The school is experiencing unprecedented growth and interest. At the same time, there is a need to rethink engineering education to ensure that we are preparing our students to lead in an increasingly complex society.”
In 2002, Ramos earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering, with a minor in industrial design/mechanical design, from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico. She received a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, with a minor in physiological sciences, from the University of Arizona in 2008.
Ramos has been involved in pedagogical research and received Enhancing Engineering Education and Brown Teaching grants to support teaching and curriculum innovation. She has also directed workshops in Malawi and Ethiopia to help faculty redesign the curriculum for more than 10 engineering programs.
Since 2014, Ramos has served as the ABET and SACS accreditation lead for her department. She has been an engineering divisional adviser and a resident associate at Wiess College since 2011. She is a fellow of the Rice Center for Teaching Excellence.
Her teaching and advising have been recognized at the university and national levels. Ramos has been the recipient of two Bioengineering Teaching Awards, the Excellence in Academic Advising Award, two George R. Brown Awards for Superior Teaching and the American Society for Engineering Education Biomedical Engineering Division’s Teaching Award.