Roberto Ramos was born and raised in the Philippines. After obtaining the degree of B.S. Physics, cum laude from the University of the Philippines (Diliman), he taught for two years at the National Institute of Physics. He then went to the University of Washington (Seattle) where he obtained a Ph.d in Physics performing experimental work on low-temperature two-dimensional helium physics. He did his postdoctoral research work at the Center for Superconductivity Research at the University of Maryland, working on quantum computing using Josephson junctions cooled to close to Absolute Zero. He is currently an Associate Professor of Physics and second holder of the Blanchard Endowed Chair in Physics and Mathematics at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is the recipient of almost $700,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation, as Principal Investigator. At Drexel University, he received the Allan Rothwarf Award for Teaching Excellence.
Research and Teaching Interests
Dr. Ramos’s interest lies in the study of the unique properties of condensed matter at ultra-low temperatures close to Absolute Zero. His laboratory has a dilution refrigerator that can go down to 0.009 Kelvin, other helium cryostats, RF/DC SQUIDS, etc., he and his student collaborators are studying:
- macroscopic quantum mechanics of superconducting quantum bits or “qubits” for quantum computing
- applications of superconducting devices for the detection of biological entities
- fabrication and characterization of micro- and nanoscale devices
- phase transitions of quantum gases adsorbed on substrates
Dr. Ramos is also interested in developing and enhancing teaching pedagogy. He introduced the classroom use of clickers at Drexel University where he taught a course called “How Things Work” that focuses on using everyday technology and experiences as vehicles for conveying complicated physical principles. He is currently involved in “flipping” physics classes.
He is interested and open to collaborations with scientists and educators in the Philippines.