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Office: JD 4504
Office Hours: By appointment
Office Phone: 818-677-4501
Office Fax: 818-677-2140
Mailing Address:
California State University Northridge
College of Engineering and Computer Science
18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330-8295

Dean's Biography

S. K. Ramesh joined California State University, Northridge in August 2006 as Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to joining CSUN he was Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering California State University , Sacramento where he served as the Department Chair since 1994, leading a department with 20 full-time faculty members and over 600 students. He led the CSUS EEE department through two successful ABET accreditation visits in 1997 and 2003 with a strong outcomes based program.

Also at CSUS he served as Special Assistant to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and provided continuing leadership for the University Initiative on Information Technology with a priority on the promotion of faculty to engage in applied, sponsored research and contracts. In 2003 he served as Special Assistant to the President and helped showcase the University's capacity in Information Technology to businesses and industry in the region. Ramesh has held positions of increasing responsibility within the IEEE ( Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) at several levels including Chair of the Central Area of IEEE Region 6 serving over 20,000 members from 2000 - 2004. He has served as the President of the CSUS Sigma Xi Chapter, the Scientific Research Society, and served as a member of several boards including the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance ( ) SARTA and McClellan Technology Incubator ( ) MTI, which emphasize job creation and helped foster the growth of the high technology sector in the Sacramento region. He helped establish numerous partnerships with industry and government including the Defense Microelectronic Activity (DMEA). This partnership resulted in the loan of over $ 1 Million worth of optical engineering and clean room equipment for use by CSUS students and faculty. Previously he served on the Board of Directors of Capital Public Radio from 1997-2003. He has been recognized with several awards for Outstanding Teaching and Community service including the 2004 IEEE Region 6 Community Service Award and the 2000 Person of the Year Award from the Sacramento Engineering and Technology Regional Consortium. In April 2007 he was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award from NITT, his alma mater in India, for his contributions as a faculty member, department chair and dean in a 20-year career, as well as for his leadership in professional societies such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. and Sigma Xi.

Ramesh has taught courses in Optical Engineering in the Distance Education Program, and Analog IC Design and is presently authoring a textbook on Fiber Optic Communications (John Wiley Publishing). AT CSUS he teamed with other ECS faculty to offer the successful Fundamentals of Engineering course to qualified high school students and has also pioneered and offered a nationally recognized high school teachers workshop ( since 1999 to promote engineering education in the K-12 pipeline. His 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 including a book chapter. Ramesh graduated with the B.E. degree (Honors, 1981) in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Madras, India, and received the M.S.E.E. (1983) and Ph.D. (1986) degrees from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale . Prior to joining CSUS in 1987, he was a Visiting Professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale .

Ramesh can be reached at 818-677-4501 or via e-mail at

Papers and Publications

Milica Markovic and S. K. Ramesh, "Topical Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes", Best Assessment Processes Symposium VIII, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, February 2006.

Milica Markovic, Jing Pang, Tom Matthews, JP Bayard, Dave Margolis, Pradeep Setlur, and S. K. Ramesh, "Work in Progress- Area Level Assessment Process", Proceedings of the 35th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Session T3-C, Pages T3C 1 -2, Indianapolis, October 2005.

S. K. Ramesh, "Fiber Optic Communications," a Textbook for undergraduate and first year graduate students, (in progress: expected date of publication 2009).

S. K. Ramesh, Rosemary Papalewis, Ric Brown and Jim Fritch, "Power Up Your Classroom," Proceedings of Deans Summit II: Fostering Campus Collaborations,, IEEE Educational Activities Board, Miami, January 10, 2003.

. S. K. Ramesh and Herb Tanzer, "Design and Performance of a Lightwave Data Storage Network using computer analysis and simulation," Invited Chapter (57 pages) in Optical Switching/Networking and Computing for Multimedia Systems, Marcell Dekker Publishing, ISBN 0-8247-0707-9, 2002, Editors: Mohsen Guizani and Abelaa Battou.

S. K. Ramesh, "California State University, Sacramento - Defense Microelectronics Activity: An Educational Partmentship Agreement," Invited Poster Paper at the Innovation and Commercialization of University Research (ICUR) Conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, February 5-7, 2002.

S. K. Ramesh, Andrew Lindsay and Michael J. Fujita, "Experiments from Optical Engineering and Robotics for a pre-engineering program," Proceedings of the 31st IEEE Fontiers in Education Conference, Session T2A, Pages T2E-5-10, Reno, October 2001.

S. K. Ramesh and Cici Mattiuzzi, "Closing the loop: Industry Site Visits for Program Outcomes Assessment,"Proceedings of the 31st IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Session T2A, Pages T2A7-10, Reno, October 2001.

S. K. Ramesh, Michael J. Fujita, Preetham Kumar, Andrew Lindsay, Steven de Haas and Elizabeth-Gillis Raley, "An Interactive Workshop for High School Teachers to Develop and Teach Pre-Engineering Curricula," Session 2793, Proceedings of the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Albugquerque, NM, June 2001

S. K. Ramesh, "Physical versus Virtual Laboratories in Electrical Engineering: Current Status and Future Directions," National EE Department Heads Association (NEEDHA) Annual Meeting, San Diego, March 17, 2001.

S. K. Ramesh,"Introduction to Engineering: Attract Students and Strengthen the Pipeline," Proceedings of the IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Paper 13d7-1, San Juan, November 99.

S. K. Ramesh and Kuo-Chu Wong,"Design and Fabrication of a Fiber Bragg Grating Temperature Sensor,"Proceedings of the SPIE Conference on Integrated Optics Devices III, Vol. 3620, pp 338-344, San Jose, Jan. 99.

S. K. Ramesh, "Enhancement of the Optical Engineering Curriculum at CSUS through the Sacramento Technology Coalition," Proceedings of the 1994 ASEE / PSW Conference: Delivering Technical Education in the 21st Century, pp.233 - 238, October 1994.

S. K. Ramesh, "The Optical Engineering Curriculum at CSUS," IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Session 5B6, San Jose, November 1994.

S. K. Ramesh, "Engineering Education at the Crossroads: The Role of research in undergraduate institutions,"Invited Presentation at the University Association of Research Scholars, Sacramento, October 1993.

S. K. Ramesh and Michael Fujita, "Relative Intensity Noise Reduction in an RF Fiber Optic Link," IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting, LEOS 91 Conference Digest, pp.17, San Jose, CA , November 5, 1991.

S. K. Ramesh and Thomas D. Smith, "Design and Evaluation of Optical Switching Architectures," Proceedings of SPIE's OE/Aerospace Sensing Conference on Electro-Optics and Signal Processing, Vol. 1474, April 1-5, 1991.

S. K. Ramesh and Hung Phuong, "Spectrally Efficient Optical Communication Systems," Proceedings of the IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Computers, Communications and Signal Processing, pp. 91-94, Vol.1, May 9, 1991.

S. K. Ramesh and M. A. Wright,"A Novel Circuit Model of a Traveling Wave Optical Amplifier," Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics,pp.131) October l989.

S. K. Ramesh, "Optical Amplifiers in Lightwave Systems," University Association of Research Scholars, CSUS, October l989.

S. K. Ramesh and C.A. Goben, "Laser Modeling and System Design Issues in Long Haul Coherent Optical Communications," Proceedings of MONTECH '86, IEEE Conference on Antennas and Communications, pp. 289-293, September 1986.

S. K. Ramesh and C. A. Goben, "Receiver Modeling for Coherent Lightwave Communications," Proceedings of SPIE, Society of Photo Optical and Instrumentation Engineers, Conference on High Frequency Optical Communications, Vol. 716, pp. 148-152, September l986.

S. K. Ramesh and C. A. Goben, "Solitons in Coherent Lightwave Communications," Proceedings of the 29th Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, pp. 60-62, El Seivier Science Publishing Company, l987.

S. K. Ramesh, V. Aalo and C. A. Goben, "Dolph Chebyshev Technique to Control Far Field Lobe Widths of Phase Locked Injection Laser Arrays," Proceedings of ICALEO '85, International Congress on the Applications of Laser and Electro-Optics, February 1986.

S. K. Ramesh, C. A. Goben, V. Aalo and O.Ugweje, "Modeling and Evaluation of Intersymbol Interference (ISI) in Coherent Optical Communications," Proceedings of SPIE, Vol. 586, pp. 32-40, August l985.

S. K. Ramesh, "Characterization and Evaluation of Intersymbol Interference (ISI) in Digital Fiber Optic Communications," Proceedings of ICALEO '84, Vol 46, p. 10-17, February l985.

S. K. Ramesh, "Modeling and Simulation of Coherent Lightwave Communication Systems," Ph.D. Dissertation, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, TX-02-098-948, Library of Congress Catalog and University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, August 1986.


Research Reports

S. K. Ramesh, "Characterization and Performance Evaluation of Digital Lightwave Communication Systems," ORDA Special Research Program Progress Report #2-11533, July 1986.

S. K. Ramesh, " Design of Optical Repeaters for Coherent Lightwave Communication Systems," ORSP Final Report, Grant #6259, Hornet Foundation, CSUS, August 1989.

S. K. Ramesh, " Novel Switching Architectures for Optical Computing," ORSP Final Report, Grant #6287, Hornet Foundation, CSUS, August 1990.

S. K. Ramesh, "Spectrally Efficient Modulation Schemes for High Data Rate Coherent Optical Communications," Final Report for Summer Fellowship Grant, August 1990.

S. K. Ramesh, " Design of Phase Locked Loops (PLL's) for Binary FSK Lightwave Communication Systems," Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, Final Report, September 92)

S. K. Ramesh, "Design of Broadband Lightwave Video Transmission Systems," Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, Final Report, September 1993.

S. K. Ramesh, "Spatial Filtering for High Performance Laser Profilometers," 1992 Summer Fellowship Program, Final report, September 92.

S. K. Ramesh, "Design of Omnidirectional Optical Data Communication Systems," Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, Final Report, September 94.

S. K. Ramesh, "Coherent Lightwave Tranceivers Using Low Power Laser Diodes," Office of Research, Final Report, September 1995.


Laboratory Development

  • * Laboratories in Electro-Optical Engineering and Fiber Optic Devices and Applications at CSUS, Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Program (ILI). Grant #9051859, 1990.
  • * Enhancement of the Electronics laboratory at CSUS, HP University Programs Grant, Grant #31252, 1996.
  • Dedicated Digital Signal Processing laboratory at CSUS, HP University Programs Grant, Grant #38478, 1998.
  • DMEA-Educational Partnership Agreement, $1 million equipment grant, April 20, 2000.
  • * Equipment support for Advanced Analog IC Design Laboratory, Level-One Communications, $6,000 cash grant, January 1999.

*INTEL Graduate Computer Lab for EEE, INTEL Public Affairs Grant, $45,000, February 2006

Professional Associations and Links

Senior Member IEEE (Lasers and Electro Optics, and Education)

IEEE Region6 Director-Elect Candidacy Page for 2014 Elections

Member, IEEE Educational Activities Board, 2010 and 2007

IEEE Home Page


SIGMA XI Home Page

Strategic Planning Council, CSUPERB (California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology)