Biography

S.K. Ramesh

Director, AIMS2 Program, and

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

California State University, Northridge, USA

S. K. Ramesh is a renowned engineering educator with over three decades of leadership experience as a dean, department chair, and faculty member in the California State University system. He is presently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at California State University, Northridge, and founding Director of CSU Northridge’s AIMS2 program that mentors and supports underrepresented minorities in engineering. Excelencia in Education recognized it as the national program of the year in 2019. Earlier, he served as dean of CSUN’s College of Engineering and Computer Science from 2006-17, with over 100 faculty, staff, and serving approximately 4,800 students. He established several innovative programs in assistive technology engineering, renewable energy, and advanced manufacturing to serve practicing engineers.

Dr. Ramesh has been an active IEEE volunteer for 39 years and has served in several leadership roles across the Institute on the IEEE Board of Directors, IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB), IEEE-HKN Board of Governors, IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB), and the IEEE Awards Board. Dr. Ramesh serves on the IEEE Fellows Committee and has served on the 2017-18 IEEE Strategic Planning Committee. He serves on the ABET Board of Directors, the global accrediting organization, chairing the Engineering delegation with 32 societies including IEEE. Earlier he served as IEEE’s representative on the ABET Board of Delegates. He is also an experienced program evaluator and has performed several visits in the US and internationally. ABET accredits over 4,500 programs worldwide in engineering, technology, computing, and applied and natural sciences. 

As 2016-17 Vice President of Educational Activities, he championed collaboration, diversity, and inclusive excellence, through innovative programs like the IEEE Learning Network (ILN). This program continues to grow with 28 partner IEEE Societies/OU’s, and offers over 900 courses today to an audience of approximately 5,700 members. IEEE-HKN (the Electrical Engineering Honor Society) expanded to serve all ten Regions of IEEE under his leadership as the 2016 IEEE-HKN President. As a member of IEEE Region 6, he has a long record of leadership and service at the Area, Section, Chapter, Student Branch levels. He serves on the Membership Development team of the IEEE Buenaventura Section that was one of the 27 Sections recognized with a 2020 Gold Award for member retention and recruitment.

Ramesh is an IEEE Fellow recognized for “contributions to entrepreneurship in engineering education”, and his research interests cover high-speed optical communication systems, devices, and electronic circuit design. His many recognitions include the John Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year, William Johnson International award for leadership and contributions to the profession, and the IEEE Region 6 Community Service award. He is a member of Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society) having served as President of the Sacramento Chapter for several years in the 90’s and past President of the Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society for International Scholars). For additional information, please visit http://www.csun.edu/engineering-computer-science/ramesh.