The biography and position statement of the 2016 IEEE Vice President, Educational Activities is below.
S.K. Ramesh has been serving as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at CSU Northridge since 2006. He has supported the growth of high technology industries through the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Energy Research Center at CSU Northridge. Examples include a satellite clean tech incubator, a Master’s degree in Assistive Technology Engineering, and his leadership as the PI of a nationally recognized five year, $5.5 Million USDE grant to graduate underrepresented minorities in engineering and computer science. Ramesh has received several awards for innovative teaching, scholarship and service to the profession and the community including the “John Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year” award from the Engineers Council. From 1994 to 2006 he chaired the Electrical Engineering department at CSU Sacramento. Dr. Ramesh’s professional interests span Fiber Optic Communications and he received his PhD degree in 1986 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
Activities | Committees/Boards:
IEEE Representative on ABET Board of Directors, 2013-15; IEEE-HKN Board of Governors, President-Elect, 2015-16; Chair, Awards Committee, 2015-16; Treasurer and Trustee, 2012-14; IEEE Awards Board, 2010-13; IEEE Educational Activities Board, Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee, Chair, 2014, 2015; Nominations and Appointments Committee, 2014; Awards and Recognition, Chair, 2010-13; Awards and Recognition Committee Member 2014-15, and 2009-10.IEEE EAB Operating Committee, 2010-14, 2007-08; Financial Committee, 2007-08. IEEE e-Learning Library Editorial Board, 2015; Associate Editor-in-Chief, 2012-13; IEEE/IBM Smarter Planet Challenge Competition, Judge, 2013.IEEE Awards Board, 2010-2013; IEEE-USA K-12 STEM Literacy Committee, 2014, 2015.IEEE-USA Committee on Communications and Information Policy, Region 6 Representative, 2005.IEEE EAB ABET Nominations Committee, 2014-15, 2009-11, 2007-2008; IEEE Member and Geographical Activities Board (MGA), Member Engagement and Lifecycle Committee, 2008-09;
Activities | Regions:
Region 6 Central Area, Chair, Region 6 Operating Committee, 2001-04; Region 6 Student Activities, Chair, 1994-95, 1998-2000. Awards Committee, 2002-03
Activities | Sections/Chapters:
Sacramento Section: Chair, 1992-93; Vice-Chair, 1991-92; Secretary, 1990-91; Membership Development Committee Chair, 1993-94; Student Activities Chair, 1993-2006; Executive Committee, 1990-94, 2004-06.
Activities | Student Branches:
Student Branch: CSU, Sacramento, Counselor, 1990-2006.
Activities | Societies:
Chapter: LEOS Sacramento Chapter, Founding Chair, 1989-92, 2004-06
Activities | Conferences:
IEEE Deans Summit 2003: Fostering Campus Collaborations (www.ieee.org/web/education/fcc/index.html), Invited Presenter; IEEE International Conference on Communications - ICC 2003 and ICC2001; IEEE Globecom 2002, Reviewer and Member Program Technical Committee; Optical Networking Symposium, IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, IEEE FIE 2001, Reviewer.2013 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Interactive Systems and Assistive Technologies IISAT 13, Chair, International Committee, Invited Workshop on Assistive Technology Engineering;
- Chaired the Awards and Recognition Committee to solicit nominations for EAB awards, and worked with the ARC and IEEE EAB Staff to review nominations and make recommendations to the EAB to recognize recipients. Increased submissions from across IEEE's Regions and in all award categories.
- Chair the Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee responsible for several innovative programs including TISP, EPICS in IEEE, and Try Engineering. EPICS in IEEE is now an IEEE Foundation Signature Program.
- Served as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE e-Learning Library Editorial Board to manage reviews and evaluate content on a variety of topics for a global IEEE audience.
- Delivered invited workshops on Outcomes Based Education at ICACIT 2014 in Lima, Peru.
- Serving as President-Elect and Chair of the IEEE-HKN Awards committee in 2015-16. I am working to attract professional members, and continue to increase awareness and industry support for Chapter activities. Together with the Board I have focused on several strategic initiatives to grow and strengthen IEEE-HKN including programs to actively engage faculty advisors, enhanced leadership and networking opportunities for our student leaders at the annual Student Leadership Conference and through the emerging Virtual Campus, and increasing awareness of IEEE-HKN globally in Regions and Sections all over the world.
- Served as Treasurer for three years and helped organize the budget for IEEE-HKN to establish priorities in alignment with the Board’s long term strategic plans.
- Helped revitalize dormant Chapters and encourage the formation of new Chapters.
- Service as one of IEEE’s elected representatives on the Board since 2013. Served on the Global Education Council and Governance Task Force of ABET in 2014 that led to the restructuring of the ABET Board of Directors in 2015.
- Presently serving on the Global Council and the Governance Committee of ABET. The latter is responsible for revising the constitution and by-laws of ABET in accordance with the restructuring plan.
- Developed industry support and organized career fairs to serve the needs of IEEE members
- Created templates for Area meetings and the Roles and Responsibilities of Area Chairs that were incorporated in the Region 6 Operations Manual
- Recognized with the Region 6 Community Service Award in 2003 for my leadership in promoting pre-engineering programs with teachers in K-124.
- Guided Student Branches to organize Student Professional Awareness Conferences
- Inspired Student Branch Officers to remain active and transition to Section level leadership roles
- Developed and supported a Student Design Contest (unique to Central area)
- Promoted membership and retention
- CSUS Student Branch received the 2003 RAB Membership Award for Region 6
- CSUN Student Branch received the Best Student Branch award in Region 6 in 2006 and 2007
- Founded, and led the IEEE LEOS Chapter in the Sacramento Valley Section which received awards as the Most Innovative Chapter (twice) and Membership Growth when I was Chair. In summary I have been an IEEE volunteer for the past 33 years. On the IEEE Educational Activities Board, I have chaired the Awards and Recognition Committee and the Pre-University Committee to lead and help deliver signature EAB programs. As President-Elect, Treasurer and Trustee of IEEE-HKN, the Honor society, I helped organize the budget and establish priorities aligned to the Board’s long term strategic plan. I have served as an ABET Program Evaluator and I currently represent IEEE on the ABET Board of Directors, supporting quality assurance and innovation in accredited programs.
As Sacramento Section Chair, and Region 6 Central Area Chair I developed industry support and organized career fairs to serve IEEE members. I founded, and led the IEEE LEOS Chapter in the Sacramento Section that received awards as the Most Innovative Chapter for its diverse programs (1993 and 2006), and Membership Growth in 1992. I guided Student Branches to organize Student Professional Awareness Conferences inspiring students to remain active and transition to leadership roles in IEEE. This promoted membership growth and retention, leading to award winning programs at CSU Sacramento and CSU Northridge, and a Region 6 Community Service Award for my leadership in promoting pre-engineering programs for K-12 teachers.
It is an honor and a privilege to be considered for the position of Vice President of Educational Activities. I have been an IEEE volunteer for over 33 years and presently in my eighth year of service on the Educational Activities Board. During this time I have served in leadership roles in several areas of interest to IEEE EAB including Accreditation (ABET Board of Directors), the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors, the Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee, the E-Learning Editorial Board, the Nominations and Appointments Committee, and the Awards and Recognition Committee. Thanks to these opportunities I have an in depth understanding of the portfolio of programs and services offered by Educational Activities and the experience of working collaboratively with teams of volunteers and staff across the IEEE to successfully implement these programs.
As Treasurer and Trustee of IEEE-HKN, the Electrical Engineering Honor society, I helped organize the budget and establish priorities aligned to the Board’s long term strategic plan. Presently I am serving as President-Elect of IEEE-HKN and as Chair of the IEEE-HKN Awards committee focusing on revitalizing dormant chapters and raising industry awareness and support for the Honor Society. During my first year as PECC Chair I worked with the committee to develop a cohesive strategic plan with near term and long term deliverables and outcomes. The TISP and EPICS in IEEE programs continue to grow and expand and the latter has in fact been chosen as a signature program by the IEEE Foundation. I made several presentations during the recent Sections Congress in Amsterdam covering IEEE-HKN and PECC programs. I have a deep understanding of accreditation given my service on the ABET Board of Directors and as a program evaluator in Electrical Engineering.
In my academic career spanning over 25 years I have been serving as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Northridge since 2006. Earlier, I served as a professor and was Department Chair of Electrical Engineering at CSU Sacramento. At CSUN I serve as 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. I led the development of a unique Master’s degree program in Assistive Technology Engineering at CSUN. Graduates from that program are sought by industry to design and create products to serve persons with disabilities. I helped organize one of four White House College Opportunity STEM Workshops at CSU Northridge in 2014 and led the session on Connections to Career and Industry.
As an engineering educator, administrator and volunteer, I have worked closely with industry and served in leadership roles on the Boards of several non-profit organizations. I am confident that I can serve the IEEE effectively as VP of Educational Activities given my strong background in strategic planning and oversight, and a proven track record of leading teams of volunteers and staff to accomplish key program objectives. Thanks in advance for your consideration.
My top priorities as VP of Educational Activities are:
EAB serves three major constituencies: Educators and Students, Practitioners, and the Public. We aspire to be a Leader in Education for Educators and Students, a Difference Maker for Practitioners, and a Global Catalyst for the Public. EAB’s operational strategies adopted in 2011 provided direction and criteria for measuring progress towards accomplishing these high level goals.
So where do we stand today with respect to our goals? We are doing fairly well in serving Educators and Students. Our volunteers are taking a leadership role in promoting curriculum development in engineering, technology, and computing, and strengthening efforts to establish accrediting bodies outside the US by using local IEEE volunteers as catalysts. Our Pre-University efforts are on track with the recognition of EPICS in IEEE as a signature program of the IEEE Foundation, and the growing impact of the TISP workshops in communities around the world. We are working on programs geared towards young learners and leveraging the power of exhibits in public spaces like museums to attract future students to study engineering. Thanks to these efforts EAB’s visibility continues to grow as a global catalyst for the Public. Yet challenges remain – especially when it comes to meeting the needs of practitioners.
These are challenging times for higher education with proposals for radical changes in the way in which we deliver educational programs and assess and evaluate the impact of new pedagogies and technologies to enhance and improve student learning. This raises several questions that need careful consideration. Engineering practice is multi-disciplinary but programs focus on specific disciplines. As noted in the “Innovation with Impact Report” released in 2012 “As engineering careers have become increasingly collaborative, multidisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and global, and as the pace of change of technology has accelerated, the expectations for engineering education have expanded.” Clearly we have our work cut out for us when it comes to serving practitioners. Specifically, we envisioned that “IEEE will be the global resource of choice for continuing professional education, supporting careers through materials, content, delivery mechanisms, and community support that are industry relevant and career-stage relevant and that meet both current and emerging needs of practitioners.”
We have nascent efforts underway that look promising – with potential to generate revenue. Looking ahead it is important that we continue to invest resources with intent and purpose to ensure that we are accomplishing our goals. Together we can set realistic expectations and metrics on what we seek to accomplish with EAB’s programs and track and monitor our progress to successfully accomplish our goals.