Michelle R. Ramirez, M.E.

Michelle R. Ramirez portrait

Michelle R. Ramirez, M.E.

Space Operations

Biographical Information

Michelle R. Ramirez is an Air Force Veteran, with experience in avionics systems and hardware engineering. As a member of Headquarters Air Force Space Command, she researched space weather sensors for space-based environmental monitoring and wrote MATLAB software used to predict satellite orbits and solve non-linear differential equations using numerical methods. While a member of U.S. Air Force MilSatCom Software Sustainment, she worked in test and software development of applications used for military satellite communications. In addition to teaching at UCCS, Ms. Ramirez is currently an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in the Department of Astronautics.  She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering/Physics from the University of Nevada, Reno, and an M.Eng. in Space Operations from UCCS. During her time as a student at UCCS, Ms. Ramirez established the UCCS Link of the Order of the Engineer.

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." - Albert Einstein

Areas of Interest

  • Advanced Orbital Dynamics
  • Satellite Communications
  • Space Environment
  • Remote Sensing
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Hardware Engineering


  • M.Eng., Space Operations
    University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering/Physics
    University of Nevada, Reno

Courses Taught

  • Engineering Analysis for Space Applications (UCCS)
  • Introduction to Astronautics (USAFA)


  • Acquisition Professional Development Program Level I Certified in Systems Engineering

  • Teaching Online Certificate, UCCS Faculty Resource Center

Professional Experience

  • Instructor, U.S. Air Force, Air Force Academy, Department of Astronautics
  • Electronics/Software Engineer, U.S. Air Force, MilSatCom Software Sustainment
  • Electronics Engineer, Space Analysis, U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Space Command
  • Hardware Engineer, University of Nevada, Reno, Computer Science Department


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Women Into Computer Science and Engineering (WICSE)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Toastmasters
  • Order of the Engineer


  • Dean's Advisory Council, College of Engineering & Applied Science, UCCS
  • Delta Epsilon Iota, National Honor Society
  • Judith C. Gilliom Workforce Recruitment Program   


  • STEM Outreach and Recruitment, Palace Acquire Program, U.S. Air Force
  • STEM Outreach for student veterans, women and minorities, rural communities
  • Biomedical Engineering summer camp for middle school students
  • Dean's Advisory Council, UCCS - raising the female population within the College of Engineering & Applied Science to meet/exceed the national average
  • Southern Colorado Girls' STEM Initiative (SCGSI) - Lego Robotics Workshop for SCGSI STEM Day