Below are the candidates for IEEE Region 6 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2015-2016; Delegate/Director, 2017-2018.

The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference.

Sundaram K. (S.K.) Ramesh

SK Ramesh

(Nominated by IEEE Region 6)

Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
California State University (CSU), Northridge
Northridge, CA, USA

Ramesh has served IEEE and Region 6 extensively, including the IEEE Educational Activities Board, the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors, and the ABET Board of Directors. His efforts and leadership have created jobs and enhanced the growth of high-technology industries through the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Energy Research Center at CSU Northridge. Examples include a Satellite Clean Tech Incubator, a master’s degree in Assistive Technology Engineering, and being PI of a five-year (2011-16) $5.5 million US Department of Education grant to graduate underrepresented minorities in engineering and computer science. He received the Engineers Council’s John Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year award in 2012 and has made significant contributions to engineering education internationally. From 1994 to 2006 he chaired the Electrical Engineering Department at CSU Sacramento.

Dr. Ramesh’s professional interests cover fiber optic communications. He received his Ph.D. in 1986 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, USA.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities



Committees/Board: IEEE Representative on ABET Board of Directors, 2013-14; IEEE-HKN Board of Governors, Treasurer and Trustee, 2012-14; IEEE Awards Board, 2010-13; IEEE Educational Activities Board, Pre-University Education, Chair, 2014; Awards and Recognition, Chair, 2010-13; Operating Committee, 2010-14, 2007-08; Financial Committee, 2007-08; IEEE e-Learning Library Editorial Board, Associate Editor-in-Chief, 2012-13; IEEE/IBM Smarter Planet Challenge Competition, judge, 2013.

Region 6: Central Area, Chair, Operating Committee, 2001-04; Student Activities, Chair, 1994-95, 1998-2000.

Sacramento Section: Chair, 1992-93; Vice-Chair, 1991-92; Secretary, 1990-91; Executive Committee, 1990-94, 2004-06.

Chapter: LEOS Sacramento Chapter, Chair, 1989-92, 2004-06.

Student Branch: CSU, Sacramento, Counselor, 1990-2006.


I have been an IEEE volunteer for over 33 years. On the IEEE Educational Activities Board, I have chaired the Awards and Recognition Committee and the Pre-University Committee to lead and deliver signature EAB 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. I have served as an ABET Program Evaluator and was elected to 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.


I have served IEEE in leadership roles at the Chapter, Section, Area, Region, and Board levels. I value my association with IEEE and will use my extensive experience working with several organizations and non-profit boards to address the challenges and serve you and IEEE effectively. If elected as the IEEE Region 6 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, I will:

  • champion the Region’s needs effectively on the Board of Directors;
  • build a strong team to provide prudent fiscal leadership, and support Sections to monitor, evaluate, and deliver programs of value to IEEE members and the Region 6 community;
  • emphasize strategic planning, teamwork, and leadership development for Section officers;
  • strengthen relations between IEEE and industry to enhance the profession and support members’ activities;
  • increase the number of next-generation youth pursuing careers in science and engineering.

Together, we can promote awareness and increase industry support for IEEE members’ activities, and reinforce key benefits that are valued by our members. It is an honor and a privilege to be nominated for this position. I would appreciate your vote.


Kathleen A. Kramer

Kathleen Kramer

(Nominated by IEEE Region 6)

Professor of Electrical Engineering
University of San Diego
San Diego, CA, USA

Kathleen A. Kramer is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA. She worked to develop new engineering programs as a founding member of the faculty and eventually became the Chair of electrical engineering, and then serving as Director of Engineering (2004-2013), providing academic leadership for all of the university’s engineering programs. She has also been a member of technical staff at several companies, including ViaSat, Hewlett Packard, and Bell Communications Research. Author or co-author of over 100 publications, she maintains an active research agenda and has recent publications in the areas of multisensor data fusion, intelligent systems, and neural and fuzzy systems. She received a B.S. in electrical engineering magna cum laude with a second major in physics from Loyola Marymount University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities



  • Board of Governors IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems Society: member (2012–present)
  • IEEE Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities: member (2011-present)
  • IEEE-appointed Engineering Accreditation Commission ABET Program Evaluator for Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Programs (2002–present)

My most significant recent IEEE service has been as a leader in IEEE accreditation activities, supporting academic programs and the work of other IEEE ABET program evaluators. I join the Engineering Accreditation Commission representing IEEE in July 2014. As a member of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Electronics Systems Society, I represent technical interests important to the region.


  • San Diego Chapter of the IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems: Chair (2010–present); Vice-Chair (2008-2009)
  • Region 6 Southwest Area: Awards Chair (2003-2004)
  • IEEE San Diego Section: Chair (2002); Vice-Chair Publicity (2001); Vice-Chair Programs (2000); Secretary (1999); Treasurer (1998); Past Chair (2003-2004)

I have been a Section officer since 1998, working to make IEEE more relevant to its members. As a Section chair, the number of technical Society chapters in my section grew. During the year that I was Section vice-chair of publicity, I was able to transform the Section’s monthly newsletter from the largest annual expense of the Section into a revenue-generating activity.


  • IEEE Student Branch at the University of San Diego: Branch Counselor (1997-2001)

My work with IEEE as an officer led from my involvement as a Student Branch counselor, enabling the students building involvement with its local Section and Region area activities.


  • Board of Governors IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems Society: Member (2012–present)
  • San Diego Chapter of the IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems: Chair (2010–present)
  • Member of these societies and groups: IEEE Aerospace Electronic Systems Society, IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Instrumentations & Measurement Society, IEEE Education Society, and IEEE Women in Engineering


IEEE is the world’s largest professional association, and Region 6 has long been by far the largest Region in the US, both by geography and by membership. Region 6 has been the region of many of the companies behind the most transformative technical developments of this millennium. IEEE’s vision of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity relies upon having a global perspective, but the diversity and impact of efforts within our region require collaboration of efforts at many levels.

I welcome the opportunity that the IEEE Region 6 Director-Elect position offers to build upon my experience with the various constituencies and members at all levels of IEEE. My overall goal is to support and serve Region 6 and its members through collaborations within and for our Region that enhance knowledge while advancing professional development and benefiting society, ensuring that the high value of membership is visible to the members of Region 6 and represented well to our constituents in industry and the community.