Ainissa Ramirez

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Ainissa Ramirez (born January 5, 1969) is an American materials scientist and science communicator.[1]


Ramirez earned a Sc.B. in Materials Science from Brown University in 1990. She earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University in 1998.


Ramirez gave a TED talk in 2012 on the main stage in Los Angeles on the importance of STEM education. She has been a visiting professor at MIT. From 2003 to 2011 she was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Materials Science Department at Yale University,[2] where she taught an undergraduate course entitled "Introduction to Materials Science".[3] Prior to being on the faculty at Yale, for 4 years she was a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies.

She co-developed [4] a "universal solder" that can bond metal to glass, ceramics, diamond, and semiconductor oxide substrates.[5]

Upon not being granted tenure after 10 years at Yale, Ramirez became a self-declared "science evangelist".[6]

She hosts two short science video series called Science Xplained and Material Marvels. In 2004, she founded Science Saturdays, a program of entertaining science lectures for middle school children.[7] She also produces a podcast series called Science Underground.[8]

She is the 2015 winner of the Andrew Gemant award, for doing "a brave thing" and not only producing research, but encouraging everyone to think about science. The award is sponsored by the American Institute of Physics.[8]

Her journey of being a science evangelist was published in Science Magazine.


  1. ^ Buford, Katherine. "From Yawn to Dawn of New Scientific Frontiers in Tech: Q&A with TED Lecturer Ainissa Ramirez". Silicon Angle. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Manaster, Joanne (January 31, 2012). "Material Marvels in Video". Scientific American. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
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  5. ^ "Innovators Under 35: Ainissa G. Ramirez". MIT Technology Review. 2003. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
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  7. ^ Paquelet, Grace (November 16, 2011). "Spreading a Passion for Science". Yale Scientific Magazine. 
  8. ^ a b Squires, Acacia (September 3, 2015). "This Teacher Wants To Excite Your Inner Scientist". All Things Considered. National Public Radio. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 

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