Outreach & Leadership

Raman, R. Headshot

I believe the most effective way to have a profound and lasting impact on society is through education. My outreach activities are focused on empowering women and underrepresented minorities to pursue STEM careers by promoting STEM education at the K-12 level, undergraduate, and graduate levels. I currently serve as a AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador, and my goal is to inspire young women to explore STEM careers.

University Service and Outreach:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Women in Innovation and STEM Database at MIT (WISDM), Founder (2018-Present)
Koch Institute COVID-19 Monitoring and Compliance Committee (2020-Present)
ATHENA by WiSTEM, Mentor (2020)
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Emerging Leaders Board Member (2018-Present)
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Outreach Committee (2017-Present)
ICEBERG Basic Science Communication Blog, Outreach Director and Writer (2018-2019)
MIT Science Policy Initiative, Congressional Visit Days Team (2018)

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
Cornell University Council, Elected Member (2020-Present)
Cornell University Alumni Network, Admissions Ambassador (2014-Present)
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: Science Robotics, Small, Advanced Functional Materials, Science Advances, Soft Robotics, Advanced Science, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Macromolecular Biosciences, MIT Press

Served as peer reviewer for national funding agencies, including:
NSF MRSEC, NSF SBIR/STTR, AAAS L’Oréal For Women in Science Fellowship

Research Conferences and Seminars
NSF Multi-Cellular Engineered Living Systems Workshop, Session Chair (2021)
MRS Spring Meeting, Session Chair (2019)
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
Society of Women Engineers – Women in Academia Committee, Member (2017-Present)
BMES Ethics Subcommittee, Member (2017-Present)
BMES Annual Meeting, Undergraduate Abstract Reviewer (2019)
NSF EBICS STC Ethics Task Force, Member (2017-Present)
NSF EBICS STC Design Principles Task Force, Member (2016-Present)

The Curie Society Graphic Novel & TV Series, Advisory Board (2020-Present)
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)

Illinois Innovation Prize, Judge (2016-2018)
Society of Women Engineers Emerging Leader Awards, Judge (2016-2019)
NSF EBICS STC Annual Retreat, Ethics Session Moderator (2019)
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)