Ritu Raman, PhD is the d’Arbeloff Career Development Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Her lab is centered on engineering adaptive living materials for applications in medicine and machines. The Raman Lab’s current focus is building neuromuscular actuators to restore mobility and power robots. Prof. Raman has received several recognitions for scientific innovation, including being named a Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences and being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 and MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 lists. She is the author of the MIT Press book Biofabrication. She is passionate about increasing diversity in STEM and has championed many initiatives to empower women in science, including being named a AAAS IF/THEN ambassador and founding the Women in Innovation and STEM Database at MIT (WISDM).

Prof. Raman received her BS from Cornell University and her PhD as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her postdoctoral research with Prof. Robert Langer at MIT, funded by a L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Fellowship from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Faculty Website | Personal Website

Administrative Staff

Tyler Butler, administrative assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.


Liz Calle, MD, PhD, postdoctoral fellow
in the Raman and Langer labs.
BS Biomedical Eng., Yale ’08
MS Biomedical Eng., Yale ’11
PhD Biomedical Eng., Yale ’14
MD, Yale ’18

Graduate Students

Naomi Lynch, MechE graduate student
BS Aerospace Eng., MIT ’12
MBA, Harvard ’18
Brandon Rios, MechE graduate student
BS Biomedical Eng., WUSTL ’21
Quentin Thernize, MechE graduate student
BS Mechanical Eng., MIT ’22
Angel Bu, MechE graduate student
BS Biomedical Eng., University of Florida ’21
Nicolas Castro, MechE graduate student
BS Biomedical Eng., Georgia Tech ’20

Undergraduate & High School Students

Tara Sheehan, MIT MechE
Karina Shah


Erik Thompson, BS Mechanical Eng., MIT ’22