Endorsements
“I have had the pleasure of serving on the IEEE Educational Activities Board under Prof. Ramesh’s leadership for two years when he was Vice President of IEEE and chair of the EAB. We had worked together for several years prior to that as IEEE representatives to the ABET Board of Directors and this continues with the ABET Board of Delegates. He is a tireless volunteer leader of IEEE, and a strategic thinker who has served the Institute with distinction and visionary leadership for several years. His top priority is to transform the IEEE into the pre-eminent technical/professional membership organization of the 21st century. Prof Ramesh has the vision, the experience and the foresight to lead the IEEE to great success.”
Stephen M. Phillips, Ph.D., P.E.
IEEE Region 6
  • IEEE Vice President, Educational Activities (2020), IEEE EAB Treasurer (2019), IEEE EAB Chair University Resources Committee (2016-18), ABET Board of Directors (2014-15), ABET Board of Delegates (2015-2021)
  • Professor of Electrical Engineering
    Director of the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
    Arizona State University

“I am honored to endorse Dr S.K. Ramesh as a candidate for IEEE President-Elect for 2021. Over the past ten years that I’ve known Dr Ramesh, I am continually impressed with his tireless dedication and commitment to improving engineering education, and the profession. As a member of the ABET Board of Delegates until recently, he represented IEEE in its role in defining educational requirements for various engineering disciplines including computer, electrical, telecommunications, optics, photonics, systems, biomedical, engineering management, ocean, and software engineering. In November 2019 Dr. Ramesh was elected as the Director of the Engineering Area Delegation of ABET, and to the ABET Board of Directors. The Engineering Area Delegation consists of 32 member societies with ABET accredited engineering programs worldwide. I’m proud to have worked with Dr Ramesh, and look forward to our continued professional relationship. Please join me in adding your endorsement for his candidacy for 2021 IEEE President-Elect.”
Michael K. J. Milligan, PhD, PE, CAE
IEEE Region 2
  • Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, ABET

“Dr. Ramesh, is a truly amazing leader. I have had the pleasure working with him in the IEEE EAB and HKN board of governors. His spirit of volunteerism is highly commendable. I’m always inspired with his humility, sincerity and dedication to serve the engineering and IEEE community at large. His inspiring leadership, sustained excellence and pioneering contributions to wide range of global IEEE activities over several decades facilitated multi-regional collaborations and enriched IEEE volunteer experience. I’m very confident that Dr. Ramesh with his rich experience and bar-rising vision will strategically take IEEE to newer heights and growth globally. I strongly support his candidature for the position of 2021 IEEE President-Elect and wish him the very best.”
Mr. Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan, MS EE
IEEE Region 1
  • 2019 Chair IEEE SIGHT SSC
  • 2016 – 2018 Chair, IEEE EPICS projects
  • 2015-2017 IEEE MGA governor-at-large, IEEE HKN

“I have known Ramesh for the past 14 years and am most impressed with his visionary leadership in education and the depth and breadth of his IEEE experience. His numerous contributions as Vice President of the IEEE Educational Activities Board, as President of IEEE-HKN, as a member of the IEEE Fellows Committee, as a member of the ABET Board of Directors and Director of the Engineering Area Delegation of ABET, and as an ABET Board of Delegates member underscore his intimate knowledge of key IEEE issues. He has remained dedicated and strategically focused in supporting IEEE’s mission and objectives and has revived important elements of IEEE that had deteriorated over the years due to lack of effort and dedication. His passion for providing accessible education to under-represented and minority students is reflected in CSUN’s nationally recognized AIMS2 Program and in the institution’s ranking as a leading producer of underrepresented and minority engineering graduates on the west coast. With his leadership skills, positive attitude, and intimate knowledge of the needs of IEEE membership, IEEE will indeed be fortunate to have Ramesh as its next leader.”
Asad M. Madni, Ph.D., D.Sc.(h.c.), Sc.D.(h.c.), D.Eng.(h.c.), CEng.
IEEE Region 6
  • LFNAI, LFIEEE, FIEE, FIET, FSAE, LFIAE, FAAAS, FNYAS, LFAIAA, FRAeS, Hon.FRAeS, FAIMBE, LFIBA
  • Member, U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Eminent Member IEEE-HKN
  • Retired President, COO & CTO, BEI Technologies Inc.
  • Distinguished Adjunct Professor/Distinguished Scientist, UCLA ECE Department
  • Faculty Fellow, UCLA Institute for Transportation Studies
  • Faculty Fellow, UCLA Connected Autonomous Electric Vehicle Consortium

“I have known Dr. Ramesh for over 30 years. As a student, volunteer and part-time faculty at Sac State, I witnessed firsthand Dr. Ramesh making an immediate impact on both the E&EE department and the student body. Dr. Ramesh improved the curriculum by creating new programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to these improvements, Dr. Ramesh quickly became involved with IEEE, serving as an Advisor of the Student Chapter and the Chair of the Region 6 Executive Committee. Furthermore, Dr. Ramesh created the Sacramento Chapter of the Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS). Dr. Ramesh’s leadership and creativity has allowed both college students and professional engineers to benefit with programs in Region 6. However, this was just the beginning of Dr. Ramesh’s long career in serving the engineering community. Dr. Ramesh championed a program to train pre-college youths and their science and math teachers at the junior and senior high school levels with innovative programs covering all fields of engineering. From junior and senior high school students and their teachers to Sac State students and faculty members to electrical and electronic engineering professionals in industry, Dr. Ramesh has created multiple programs to serve the entire community. Why Dr, Ramesh succeeds in all that he does can be attributed to how he treats students, colleagues and other professionals. He empowers those he delegates responsibilities to; he motivates those around him to do their best; and he surrounds himself with talented individuals who are willing to serve and perform at the highest levels. Based on my experience in working closely with Dr. Ramesh in many capacities, I am certain of the success he will have as President-Elect of the IEEE in 2021.”
Michael Fujita, CSUS BSEEE ’89, MSEEE ’97
IEEE Region 6
  • Chair, IEEE LEOS Sacramento Chapter (1993-2000), Region 6
  • Chair, IEEE Sacramento Executive Committee (1997-2000), Region 6
  • Part-Time Faculty, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, CSUS (1994-2000)

“I have known Prof. S. K. Ramesh for many years through IEEE Educational Activities. Prof. Ramesh has tremendous passion on everything he puts the efforts on. The visionary man, I would say. Two years that he led EAB as a Vice President, I have experienced a positive change to make “Education” existential to IEEE and the communities. He always engages the volunteers and inspires them to contribute at their best. I indeed appreciate Ramesh’s mentorship. I believe there are certain qualities we will look for in the future IEEE President. I am confident through his leadership and vision to IEEE and to the communities we serve. Thus, I strongly support Prof. S. K. Ramesh for IEEE President-Elect Candidate 2021.”
Supavadee Aramvith, Ph.D.
IEEE Region 10
  • 2015, 2018-2020 Member, IEEE Educational Activities Board
  • 2020 Chair, IEEE Section Education Outreach Committee (SEOC)
  • 2019-2020 Member, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee
  • 2019-2020 Member, IEEE New Initiatives Committee
  • 2019-2021 Member at large, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Board of Governors
  • 2019-2020 Section & Chapter Committee Chair, IEEE Region 10
  • Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University

“Ever since I started volunteering and supporting different IEEE initiatives, mostly with EA (Educational Activities), in 2014, I have been fortunate to be able to work with Professor S.K. Ramesh, who has been a great mentor in many facets. I view Ramesh as an individual with clear vision and strong leadership skills, yet an approachable friend for professional advices. I am confident in his ability to successfully leading IEEE’s next journey.”
Jianchu (Jason) Yao, Ph.D.
IEEE Region 3
  • 2017 Chair, Continuing Education Committee, IEEE EAB
  • Associate Dean of Engineering, East Carolina University

“As the Founder and Executive Director of the Indo-Universal Collaboration for Engineering Education, I have had the pleasure of working closely with Ramesh since the early days of IUCEE. Many of you know him from the courses he has offered to IUCEE institutions, and workshops and seminars at the International Conferences on Transformations in Engineering Education (ICTIEE) over the years on a wide range of topics covering Outcomes based education, Accreditation, and Governance and Leadership. I strongly support his candidacy and urge you to support Prof. Ramesh for the position of 2021 IEEE President-Elect.”
Krishna Vedula, Ph.D.
 
  • Executive Director, Indo Universal Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE)
  • Professor and Dean Emeritus, 
University of Massachusetts Lowell, One University Ave, Lowell, MA 01854

“I am an IEEE volunteer from Medellin, Colombia. And I work for an innovation agency of the city, where we breathe science, technology and innovation in order to evolve our economy to be based on knowledge and data.
I had the opportunity to assist to the Regional Meeting R9, as WIE Chair in Colombia and part of the WIE R9 committee and I saw the video you made for the meeting, introducing yourself and explaining your proposal with coherence and clarity. You are authentic and genuine.
I wanted to tell you that your presentation amazed and inspired me. You made me feel more motivated to continue contributing and supporting IEEE activities, because I share the same vision you have. I hope you are elected. You can count on my vote.”
Ana María Salazar
IEEE Region 9
  • Chair, IEEE Women in Engineering Colombia, IEEE Region 9
  • Ruta N, Regional Innovation Center, Medellin, Colombia

“S. K. Ramesh is an exceptional leader. Ramesh has played an extraordinary role in educational activities, has been instrumental in industry-academic collaboration in his professional work, and most importantly, he brings about a multidisciplinary approach, i.e. technology that delivers impact and in a sustainable way. Ramesh’s professional role, as a former dean, brings about significant experience in all aspects of governance, care for people, and for internationalization. I endorse Ramesh’s IEEE President-Elect candidacy.”
Prof Saurabh Sinha
IEEE Region 8
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Vice-Principal): Research and Internationalisation, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • IEEE Vice-President, Educational Activities, (2014-15)