Dr. Roberto Ramos

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Teaching Awards

Bright Idea Awardee for Pedagogy, University of the Sciences (2016)

Allan-Rothwarf Awardee for Teaching Excellence, Drexel University (2008)


Work on Flipping Physics Classes

Dr. Ramos is an expert on flipping classes and has conducted workshops on flipping STEM classes for K-12 teachers. At the university level, he has presented research papers based on his four years of flipping at several conferences, including the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), March Meeting of the American Physical Society, and the Lilly Conferences on Teaching Pedagogy. 

Work using iPAD/Tablet-based Science Experiments

He has developed iPad-based physics laboratory experiments and published a chapter on using IPad-based Pedagogy in Experimental Physics in the popular book "The new landscape of mobile learning: Redesigning education in an app-based world" edited by  Charles Miller and Aaron Doering (2014). At Drexel University, he was the first faculty to introduce the use of personal response systems or  "clickers" in the classroom. He revamped the introductory physics sequence for Drexel's large (900-student) classes by injecting modern physics and advanced topics into the freshman/sophomore curriculum and was principal author of the associated Physics Lab Manual that contained advanced experiments in superconductivity, electrical conductivity, nanoscale imaging alongside traditional experiments.

Planting and Mentoring Award-winning SPS Chapters

Dr. Ramos has been Faculty Advisor to three award-winning chapters of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) at Drexel University, Indiana Wesleyan University, and the University of the Sciences. Since joining USciences in 2015, he has guided the USciences chapter of SPS to three national awards from the American Institute of Physics for outreach projects, including the Blake Lilly Prize, Marsh White Award and Future Faces of Physics Award. He has been nominated several times as Outstanding SPS Chapter Advisor and twice to the NSF-PAESMEM (Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring).

Dr. Ramos has been elected to be National SPS Zone Councilor for Zone 3 representing Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware SPS Chapters.

Link: https://www.spsnational.org/about/governance/roberto-ramos

Mentor to Goldwater Scholars, NSF and DoD Fellows, and Cambridge-Gates Fellows

Prior to joining USciences, Dr. Ramos has been research mentor to Drexel University's first Barry Goldwater scholar and first Cambridge-Gates fellow. He has mentored several physics majors towards obtaining NSF GRFP fellowships, Dept of Defense fellowships, and NSF-IGERT fellowships. His two Ph.D. students at Drexel University received Sigma Xi research grants. At Indiana Wesleyan University, he led numerous intiatives including conducting Seminars on Applying for fellowships and research opportunities. He is a strong advocate for women and minorities in STEM.

Author: Roberto Ramos
Last modified: 7/20/2017 5:25 AM (EST)