Brian RamirezI build software for education, I'm an amateur photographer, I'm an educator, I'm a virtual reality enthusiast
Hello! My name is Brian Ramirez and I am a software engineer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I currently work at the Harvard Kennedy School as an Instructional Technologist where I manage, support, and develop educational software for online learning.
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Years of experience
My Education & Research
At UMass Amherst, I earned my Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Education. As my thesis I did research on learning management system design under the advisory of Dr. Torrey Trust.
At Harvard, I earned my Master’s in Education focusing on educational software. While I was a student, I worked at the school of engineering helping teach many computer science classes.
At MIT, I worked as a research assistant at the MIT STEP Lab under the supervision of Dr. Meredith Thompson. My research focused on developing virtual reality software for education.
MCAS Prep: An app to study for the MCAS Exam
MCAS Prep was an app that helped students in Massachusetts study for the MCAS state exam. Subjects included: Math, Biology, Chemistry, Tech & Engineering, and Physics.
MCAS Prep was developed during my senior year of high school in 2015 and was removed from the AppStore in 2020. During these 5 years, the app helped over 10,000 students in Massachusetts study for the mcas exam.View Project
Hackathon Dashboard: An open-source tool for hackathon management
Hackathon Dashboard is an open-source swiss army knife for hackathon organizers that allows any small hackathon to easily scale their logistics by automating cumbersome tasks.
I built this tool while I was the Director of HackUMass in 2018, to this day many hackathons still use it and the HackUMass Tech Team supports and maintains the project.View Project
UTeach: A Slack integrated learning management system
UTeach is a modern, user-friendly website that allows students to keep track of their upcoming assignments, grades, and progress.
I built UTeach in 2019 as my thesis research project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.View Project
Hibi: Study Japanese vocabulary everyday
日々 (Hibi) which means daily in Japanese, is an easy way to learn new Japanese vocabulary. The app feeds you with new vocabulary words and pictures every day to help you learn Japanese.
I built Hibi in 2016 while I was learning Japanese. The app was retired from the AppStore in 2020. During its four years in the AppStore, Hibi helped thousands of people learn new vocabulary.View Project
Learnology: Using data to inform learning
Learnology is a learning dashboard that gathers data on student learning to provide actionable feedback for teachers.
I built learnology with a group of classmates at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2020.View on Project
MIT VR-MRT: An oculus quest VR experience
VR Mental Rotation Test
The virtual reality mental rotation test is a project I built as part of my research at the MIT STEP Lab. This assessment allows us to measure spatial abilities in virtual reality.View on Project
PlayStation 4 Feature: Who to follow
Who to Follow
Who To Follow is an awesome way for PlayStation users to explore new content. With the simple click of a button, users can get recommendations on who they should be following.
My team and I built this feature at PlayStation San Francisco office in the year 2017.View Project
PlayStation 4 Feature: URL Preview
URL Preview is an awesome feature that enables the seamless sharing of content on the PlayStation platform. This feature helps users share links to their favorite content.
My team and I built this feature at PlayStation San Francisco office in the year 2018.View on Project
PlayStation Live: A fun hackathon project.
PlayStation Live is an Apple TV application that allows users to watch all their friend’s live streams in one place. Second place winner of PlayStation’s 2017 Summer Hackathon!
I built this hackathon project by myself at PlayStation San Francisco office in the year 2017.View on Project