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Brian Ramirez

I build software for education, I'm an amateur photographer, I'm an educator, I'm a virtual reality enthusiast

About Me

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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.



80M+

Users Reached

30K+

App Store Downloads

50+

Projects Finished

5

Years of experience

My Education & Research

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UMass Amherst

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.

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Harvard

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.

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MIT

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 to teach complex concepts.

Experience

2020 - Present
Instructional Technologist

Harvard University

I manage, support, and develop educational software for online learning.

2019 - Present
Software Engineer

Youth Development Organization

I build software to manage student records, track progress, communicate with parents, and more.

Aug 2019 - May 2020
Course Administrator

Harvard School of Engineering (SEAS)

Worked with professors and fellows to teach the courses: CS121, CS61, CS51, CS20.

2016 - 2019
Lead Software Developer

UMass Amherst IT

Led a team of five programmers to build web applications for student and faculty use.

2017 - 2018
Software Engineering Intern

PlayStation

Developed multiple features for the PlayStation 4. Received a full-time job offer after graduation.

Jun 2016 - Aug 2016
Computer Science Instructor

Explo at Yale University

Taught a summer class on android app development with Java and Android Studio.

Want to learn more about my job history? Check out my LinkedIn page.

My Projects

iOS App

MCAS Prep: An app to study for the MCAS Exam

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MCAS Prep

MCAS Prep is an app that helps students study for the MCAS exam. Subjects include: 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.

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Hackathon Dashboard: An open-source tool for hackathon management

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Hackathon Dashboard

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 support abd maintains the project.

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UTeach: A Slack integrated learning management system

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UTeach

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.

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iOS App

Hibi: Study Japanese vocabulary everyday

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Hibi

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.

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Learnology: Using data to inform learning

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Learnology

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.

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Oculus VR App

MIT VR-MRT: An oculus quest VR experience

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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.

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PS4 Feature

PlayStation 4 Feature: Who to follow

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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.

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PS4 Feature

PlayStation 4 Feature: URL Preview

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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.

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Hackathon Project

PlayStation Live: A fun hackathon project.

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PS Live

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.

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My Tech Skills

Want to say hi? You can contact me via email

BrianRamirezDev@gmail.com