Outreach & Leadership

Raman, R. Headshot

I believe the most effective way to have a profound and lasting impact on society is through education. For this reason, I have been dedicated to STEM education initiatives in my community since my time as a high school student. My outreach activities are focused primarily on empowering women and underrepresented minorities (URM) to pursue degrees in STEM fields and promoting STEM education at the K-12 level, undergraduate, and graduate levels.

University Service and Outreach:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Emerging Leaders Board Member (2018-Present)
ICEBERG Basic Science Communication Blog, Outreach Director and Writer (2018-Present)
Women in STEM Database at MIT (WiSDM), Founder (2018-Present)
MIT Science Policy Initiative, Congressional Visit Days Team (2018)
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Outreach Committee (2017-Present)
Cornell University Alumni Network, Admissions Ambassador (2014-Present)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Graduate Society of Women Engineers, Publicity Chair & Speaker Coordinator (2012-2016)
Mechanical Engineering Graduate Women, President, Treasurer, & Secretary (2013-2016)
GAMES Engineering Girls Camp, Camp Coordinator (2013-2016)
NSF EBICS STC Student Leadership Council, Elected Member (2013-2016)
Dean’s Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Council, Elected Member (2014-2016)
Bionanotechnology Lab Operations and Safety Committee, Elected Member (2015-2016)
Young Engineers Initiative in Kenya, Co-Founder (2016)
BOLD: Women in Innovation at Illinois, Co-Founder (2016)
NSF EBICS STC Design Principles Task Force, Elected Member (2016)
Department Diversity Advocates Program, Co-Founder (2016)
nanoSTRuCT Outreach Organization, Board Member (2013-2015)
NSF IGERT Student Leadership Council, Elected Member (2013-2014)

Cornell University
CURIE Engineering Girls Camp, Camp Coordinator (2012)
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Engineering Tutor (2011-2012)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Newsletter Committee (2011-2012)
Cornell Engineering Learning Initiatives, Engineering Tutor (2010-2012)
Cornell Piano Society, Publicity Director (2010-2012)
Society of Women Engineers, Corporate Liaison (2010-2011)
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, Director of Club Affairs (2009-2011)

Professional Service:

Served as peer reviewer (2015-Present) for multiple journals and publishers including: Advanced Materials, Science Robotics, Small, Advanced Functional Materials, Soft Robotics, Advanced Science, Advanced Healthcare Materials, and MIT Press

Research Conferences and Seminars
IEEE EMBS EMBC Conference, Workshop Organizer (2018)
World Frontiers Forum, Student Connector (2017)          
Engineered Living Systems Summer Institute, Organizing Committee (2017)
CNST Nanotechnology Workshop, Session Co-Chair (2016)
Illinois MechSE Biointerest Group, Seminar Host (2016)
TERMIS World Congress Meeting, Session Co-Chair (2015)

Professional Societies
BMES Ethics Subcommittee, Member (2017-Present)
NSF EBICS STC Ethics Task Force, Member (2017-Present)
Society of Women Engineers – Women in Academia Committee, Member (2017-Present)
NSF EBICS STC Design Principles Task Force, Member (2016-Present) 

Outreach
USA Science and Engineering Festival, NSF Booth Organizer (2018)
NSF EBICS Retreat Ethics Workshop, Organizing Committee (2013-2016)
Women Empowered in STEM Conference, Organizing Committee (2012-2016)

Judging
AAAS L’Oreal For Women in Science Fellowship, Judge (2018)
Illinois Innovation Prize, Judge (2016-2018)
Society of Women Engineers Emerging Leader Awards, Judge (2016-2018)
NSF EBICS STC Annual Retreat, Poster Judge (2017)
NSF REU Program, EBICS Application Reviewer (2017)
ThinkChicago, Judge (2016)
NSF IGERT Bionanotechnology Symposium, Poster Judge (2015)