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Melvin R. Ramey

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    UC Davis
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    University of California
  • Board Member


  • law degree
    University of California , Davis
22 Total References
Web References - Health & Science, 12 Sept 2001 [cached]
Keep in mind , the building was hit with a projectile , moving hundreds of miles an hour , filled with explosive - the fuel , said Melvin Ramsey , a professor of structural engineering at the University of California , Davis.That can damage a building where it can no longer sustain itself..
Cracking the Long-Jump Code, 16 Feb 2012 [cached]
"People say, 'It's jumping, not rocket science,'" said Melvin Ramey, a biomechanist who works with USA Track & Field and a professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Davis. "Well, no.
Bryan Clay and biomechanist Melvin Ramey (right) review video of his jump.
Ramey, who's studied the sport since the late 1950s when he was an athlete at Penn State, now uses a point-and-shoot camera that records at 200 frames per second, which is seven times more powerful than most video cameras. Though long jumpers only spend about .15 seconds on the takeoff board, his camera is fast enough to capture 30 frames of that sequence alone.
The trouble, Ramey said, is that long jumpers don't merely want images to study. They want numbers. In the absence of those numbers, jumpers are often left to go on "feel" during training: Does one technique feel more effective than another? Do they feel as if they're more explosive off the board when they strike their forefoot a certain way?
Ramey, who uses his own equipment from UC Davis, said he can crunch those numbers by "digitizing" his video and feeding the data into a series of equations, but it is an agonizingly slow process. "Maybe an hour or less if I really get after it," Ramey said.
Joe Walker, the longtime track-and-field coach at the University of Mississippi, has worked with Ramey and other scientists.
The Sacramento Bee -- -- Early lessons guide CSUS dean, 7 Jan 2002 [cached]
Eventually, Ramey earned a law degree from the University of California, Davis, where her husband, Melvin Ramey, was hired as a professor of civil and environmental engineering, a role he continues today.
Ramey joined the CSUS faculty in 1975 and became the associate dean in 1988.
In 1992, she was one of 30 people chosen nationally to serve as an American Council on Education Fellow.The fellowship is aimed at developing the talents of individuals who show strong leadership skills.
Ramey served her fellowship in Santa Cruz.
Pister said that Ramey "was keenly aware of the undercurrent, the racial problems on the Santa Cruz campus.
Pister recalls that Ramey gently critiqued his style and approach.
From 1994 to mid-1996, Ramey served as executive officer to the provost at UC Davis.Among her duties was handling official grievances, recalls Robert D. Grey, senior adviser to Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef.
"She has a sense of integrity that everybody respects," he said."And she exhibits a quiet resolve and determination.She really works hard to be fair.That made her well-suited to handle difficult circumstances."
These days, Ramey is clear on what is important in her life.
She walks religiously, snowshoes avidly and bicycles diligently.African American art is her passion.
Her daughter, 32-year-old Daina Ramey, is an assistant professor of history at Michigan State.Her son, 33-year-old David Ramey, is a Navy Reserve pilot.
And her life, both professional and personal, is happy.
"September 11th has something to do with (finding satisfaction)," she said."You look at all this and say, 'Why can't I be happy with what I've done and accomplished?' "
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The Bee's Loretta Kalb can be reached at (916) 321-1052 or .
TASK FORCE MEMBERS, 20 May 2010 [cached]
Melvin Ramey Professor, Civil Engineering, Davis
scientifics091201, 13 Sept 2001 [cached]
''Keep in mind , the building was hit with a projectile , moving hundreds of miles an hour , filled with explosive - the fuel , '' said Melvin Ramsey , a professor of structural engineering at the University of California , Davis. ''That can damage a building where it can no longer sustain itself.''.
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