Ricardo Ramirez, PhD

College of Science and Engineering
  • Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Cyber Engineering
  • Assistant Dean, Strategic Initiatives (Engineering)


  • PhD, in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio
  • MS, in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio
  • BS, in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio

Courses Taught at HCU

  • Engineering Cyber Projects I (ENSC 1411)
  • Engineering Cyber Projects II (ENSC 1412)
  • Introduction to Microprocessors & Digital Design (ELEN 2341)
  • Electrical Engineering and Circuits (ENSC 2361)
  • Special Topics/Independent Study (ENSC 4381)

Courses Taught at UTSA

  • Analysis and Design of Control Systems (EE 3413)
  • Intelligent Control (EE 4733)
  • Linear Systems and Control (EE 5143)

Teaching Focus

  • Hands-on project-based learning in electrical and cyber engineering.┬áTeaching specialty areas include control systems, artificial intelligence, and data science.

Research Interests and Publications

  • Research interests include computational systems biology, artificial intelligence and deep learning, non-linear control systems and adaptive control systems.
  • Ramirez, R., Herrera, A.M., Ramirez, J., Qian, C.,Melton, D.W., Shireman, P.K., and Jin, Y.F. (2019). Deriving a Boolean dynamics to reveal macrophage activation with in vitro temporal cytokine expression profiles. BMC Bioinformatics 20, 725.
  • Jin Y, An Q, Qian C, Ramirez R, Nelson R, Improve Engineering Student Engagement through In-Class and Out-Class Interactions, ASEE GSW Annual meeting, Balor, March 2019.
  • Ramirez, R.; Chiu, Y.C.; Hererra, A.; Mostavi, M.; Ramirez, J.; Chen, Y.; Huang, Y.; Jin, Y.F. Classification of Cancer Types Using Graph Convolutional Neural Networks. Front. Phys. 2020, 8, 203.
  • Ramirez R, Chiu YC, Zhang S, Ramirez J, Chen Y, Huang Y, et al. Prediction and interpretation of cancer survival using graph convolution neural networks.Methods. 2021;doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ymeth.2021.01.004.

Committee Service/Offices Held

  • College of Science and Engineering Undergraduate Research Committee (Fall 2020- Current)
  • College of Science and Engineering Active Learning Committee (Fall 2020- Current)
  • Member of the UTSA Graduate Council (2017-2019)

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Graduate Research Award (UTSA)
  • Advised senior design group to best project in the college of engineering (Spring 2019) and first in regional entrepreneurship in design.

Previous Academic/Professional Positions

  • Graduate Teaching Fellow, The university of Texas at San Antonio (2016-2020)
  • Graduate Engineer, Southwest Research Institute (2016-2020)

Additional Information

  • Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)