Sebastian Ramirez Loaiza

Sebastian Ramirez Loaiza

Graduate Assistant

Professional Summary

I am an Industrial Designer and a full-time learner. As a Master of Design, and now, as a Ph.D. student, I have been part of different research projects on social topics that include an aging population, opioid crisis, and addiction treatment; applying qualitative research, co-creation methods, and human-centered design. I've been linked to these topics because I believe in social innovation and the impact of design.


Master of Design: University of Cincinnati 2020

Graduate Certificate in Design Management: Jorge Tadeo University Bogota, Colombia, 2016

Bachelor's in Industrial Design: Autonomous University of Manizales Manizales, Colombia, 2007

Ph.D. in Regional Development Planning: University of Cincinnati 2024


Published Abstracts

Ramirez-Loaiza, S., Linders, A., Rebola, C.B. (2023. ) Stepping into a 360 Photograph: How Virtual Reality Technology can Help us Understand how Workers Interact with Their Workspaces .[Abstract]North Central Sociological Association Conference,

Looye, J., Ramirez-Loaiza, S., Smith, C. (2022. ) Students Taking Ownership of Safety on an Urban Campus .[Abstract]Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference,

Looye, J., Ramirez-Loaiza, S., Smith, C. (2023. ) Safety on an Urban Campus .[Abstract]Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference,

Peer Reviewed Publications

Rebola, C. B.,& Ramirez-Loaiza, S. (2022. ) Fighting the opioid crisis by design. Technology solutions as innovative systems for advancing communities of care against overdose deaths. Discern: International Journal of Design for Social Change, Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship, , 3 (2 ) ,

Ramirez-Loaiza, S., and Rebola, C. (2022. ) Systematic review of community-led initiatives fighting the opioid crisis and opportunities for design .Design Research Society Conference, ,

Rebola, C. B., & Ramirez-Loaiza, S. (2021. ) Co-designing Technologies for Well Being: A Robot Companion for Older Adults. Advances in Information and Communication: Proceedings of the 2021 Future of Information and Communication Conference (FICC), , 2 (1 ) ,

Ramirez Loaiza, S., & Rebola, C. B. (2020. ) Designing A Community-driven Initiative To Enhance Addiction Treatment. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Design4Health, ,

Mann, N., Ramirez Loaiza, S. & Rebola, C. (2020. ) Mediating Piatt Park: Addressing Crime Prone Public Spaces Through Design Research. 22nd DMI: Academic Design Management Conference Impact The Future By Design, ,

Rebola, C. B., & Ramirez Loaiza, S. (2019. ) AntiOD: A Smart City Initiative to Fight the Opioid Crisis. In Proceedings of the Future Technologies Conference, ,

Courses Taught

Industrial Design. Capstone Development Studio

Urban Planning. Computer Graphics in Planning

Industrial Design. Sophomore Studio. Visual Exploration to Consumer Product.

Industrial Design. Sophomore Studio. Project Wearables.

Industrial Design. Freshmen Studio. Fundamentals of Design.