Mar. 9, 2022


Maria Ramos Gonzalez, a doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering, was recently awarded a Sam Lieberman Regents' Award for Student Scholarship.

The Sam Lieberman Regents' Award for Student Scholarship recognizes students who possess distinguished academic accomplishments, leadership ability, and service contributions. Ramos Gonzalez will receive a $5,000 stipend.

Her goal of starting a smart prosthetics company has taken her through multidisciplinary research including legal studies, robotics, biomechanics, computer programming, bioengineering, and even aerodynamics. Her doctoral research consists of designing, manufacturing, and mechanically testing a custom-fitted knee implant made from an FDA approved biocompatible material [funded in part by the UNLV NSF I-Corps grant and Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Sports Research & Innovation Catalyst Grant]. Her undergraduate honors thesis led her to work in a prosthetics clinic where she interacted with patients and tested various prosthesis designs. In her spare time, she competes in hackathons and was the grand prize winner at the Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES) Smart Cities Hackathon in 2017 and Young Innovator Awardee at the BattleBorn Hackathon in 2018. As a first-generation immigrant and college student, she openly shares her academic and personal story to encourage others with similar backgrounds to pursue a STEM education. 

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