Oscar Ramírez has a degree in Civil Engineering from the Technological University of Panama (UTP); with degrees of Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy, PhD., in Structural and Seismic Engineering awarded by the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo, United States.
He has been tenured professor in Structural Mechanics at the UTP since 1985. He was Director of the Experimental Engineering Center at the UTP during the period from 2000 to 2006 and of Rector of the UTP from 2013 to 2018.
He has been distinguished with the Dr. SOPHOKLES LOGIADIS Award from the State University of New York as well as the Dr. Víctor Levi Award from the UTP, both in 2001, for academic and research excellence; and for his contribution to science and technologies in the field of seismic energy dissipation.
He is the founder of the engineering firm O. M. Ramírez y Asociados, S.A., responsible for the design of a significant number of high-rise buildings in Panama and Brazil; as well as consulting work at an international level. He was Manager of the Tocumen International Airport (2017-2018).
He took office as a member of the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority on April 13, 2016, for a period of nine years.