S.K. Ramesh, Ph.D.
S. K. Ramesh joined California State University, Northridge, as Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science in 2006. Earlier, Dr. Ramesh served as a professor and was Department Chair of Electrical Engineering at CSU Sacramento where he worked for 19 years. Ramesh is an IEEE Fellow recognized for his contributions to entrepreneurship in engineering education.
Ramesh has served as one of the IEEE representatives on the ABET Board of Directors since 2013. He has also served ABET as a program evaluator representing IEEE. He has delivered several invited presentations, workshops, and plenaries on outcomes based education; most recently during ICACIT 2014 in Lima, Peru, and ICTIEE 2015 in Bangalore, India. Among the unique interdisciplinary programs that he has helped develop at CSUN is a Master’s degree program in Assistive Technology Engineering. Graduates from the program help design and create products to serve persons with disabilities. Ramesh is an ardent advocate of student success. He is the PI of a nationally acclaimed five year, $ 5.5 Million grant from the US Department of Education www.ecs.csun.edu/aims2 to support and graduate underrepresented minorities in engineering and computer science. The program was recognized by Excelencia in Education in September 2014. In 2014 Ramesh was invited by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to host one of the four national White House STEM workshops at CSU Northridge. This very successful workshop was held at CSUN on October 7, 2014 and attracted leaders from academia, government, and industry to discuss efforts to broaden participation in the STEM disciplines, remove barriers, and improve student graduation rates- especially in engineering and computer science.
Dr. Ramesh serves on the IEEE Educational Activities Board where he chairs the Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee responsible for signature programs such as EPICS in IEEE, and the Teacher in Service Program (TISP) workshops. He is the 2015-16 President-Elect of IEEE-HKN (The Electrical Engineering Honor Society) and has served as the Chair of the IEEE EAB Awards and Recognition Committee and on the ABET Nominating Committee. Ramesh is a Past President of the CSUS Sigma Xi Chapter (Scientific Research Society www.sigmaxi.org) and has been recognized with several awards for innovative teaching, scholarship and service to the profession and the community. In 2012 he was recognized with the “John Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year” award by the Engineers Council (www.sfvec.org). Dr. Guarrera was a past President of IEEE and the Engineers Council.
Ramesh’s research interests span the areas of high speed (Terabit/sec) optical communication systems, devices and electronic circuit design. He has several publications to his credit in these areas. He volunteers his time to support and improve engineering education in India by offering classes and webinars online under the auspices of the IUCEE – Indo US Collaboration for Engineering Education (www.iucee.org). Ramesh graduated with the B.E. degree (Honors, 1981) in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirapalli in the University of Madras, India, and received the M.S.E.E. (1983) and Ph.D. (1986) degrees from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.