Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. is a science evangelist passionate about getting the general public excited about science. Before taking on this calling, she was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale University. Technology Review, the magazine of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), named her as one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators for her contributions in transforming technology. Her work has been profiled in The New York Times, Discover Magazine, Fortune Magazine, The Hartford Courant, The New Haven Register and numerous scientific magazines (Scientific American, R&D Magazine, Materials Today, and Chemical & Engineering News).
Educated at Stanford University (Ph.D.) and Brown University (B.S.), her technical training is in materials science and engineering. Prior to working at Yale, she was a research scientist at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, in Murray Hill, New Jersey were she did award-winning research. She has authored more than 50 technical papers, holds six patents, and has presented her work worldwide.
A staunch advocate for improving the public’s understanding of science, her talk at TED on the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education generated widespread enthusiasm. At Yale, she is the director of the award-winning science lecture series for children called Science Saturdays and hosts a popular-science video series called Material Marvels.
She speaks nationally on the importance of making science fun and has served as a science advisor to the American Film Institute, WGBH/NOVA, and several science museums. She has lectured at Columbia, Harvard, Caltech, MIT, Cornell, Princeton, Northwestern, and Stanford. She has written as a science correspondent for the Washington. D.C. bureau of Time magazine, where she covered a front-page story called “Life on Mars” as well as other science and non-science related articles.
- Brown University
- Stanford University