Ramon Sanchez, Ph.D.
Director, Sustainable Technologies and Health
"The best way to eliminate the dilemma of “profit or planet” is to use creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship to create high-value added sustainable and health startups because then the environment and the economy fuse together into a new “hybrid entity” that improves our lives and those of generations to come."
Ramon received a Doctor of Science Degree in Environmental Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH); and previously received a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Health Management from HSPH; a Master of Science Degree in Manufacturing Systems and Technology Innovation from Monterrey’s Institute of Technology in Mexico; and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, also from that school.
Before coming to Harvard, Ramon was Chief Engineer and Manufacturing Manager in a company dedicated to the design and manufacturing of furniture and consumer electronics. In this corporation he had seven departments under his supervision, in which hundreds of workers and engineers created and built products that yielded approximately $200 million dollars per year in revenues.
Ramon has 15 records of invention and 5 patents in the U.S. and Europe. From 2000 to 2003, Ramon worked as a Forward Products Lead Engineer at Delphi Automotive Systems (a former division of General Motors, dedicated to the design and manufacturing of electronic components and automotive systems). As an automotive designer, he was part of the research group that won the National Technology Award in Mexico in 2002. In that same year, Ramon won the “Best Teacher Award” at Monterrey’s Institute of Technology, for developing the first Lean Manufacturing and Innovation Engineering courses in Mexico.
Ramon’s main research interests are corporate sustainability, sustainable manufacturing, sustainable product design, the technology innovation process, carbon accounting, life-cycle assessment for industrial operations, carbon capture from thermoelectric power plants, health and environmental effects of renewable energies, and the development of renewable fuels with micro-algae species.
Ramon is the lead instructor in the Energy and the Environment, Sustainable Product Design and the Innovation Ecosystem, Sustainable Manufacturing, and Sustainable Business and Technology courses offered for graduate students in the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at the Harvard University Extension School.
ENVR E-102 Energy and the Environment
ENVR E-137 Sustainable Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Operations
ENVR E-154 Sustainable Product Design and the Innovation Ecosystem
ENVR E-157 Sustainable Business and Technology