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S.K. RameshContact Information

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 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 from 1994 to 2006.

At CSU Northridge, Ramesh has forged a strong relationship between the college and the professional engineering community through innovative programs such as Tech Fest, and the annual Senior Design Project Showcase. His efforts have strengthened the pipeline and helped students explore their career options while encouraging academic excellence.  Since 2011 the college has recruited 20 new faculty members and has active interdisciplinary centers in Energy Research, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He has helped build a robust industry advisory board at the college level and active industry liaison councils at the program level. This has led to several productive partnerships benefiting students and faculty.

Among the unique interdisciplinary programs that he has helped develop at CSUN is a Master’s degree program in Assistive Technology Engineering. Graduates from the program help design and create products to serve persons with disabilities. Enrollment in the college’s programs has more than doubled during his tenure and continues to grow with over 4,500 students in five departments.  He has led the college and its programs through two successful ABET accreditation visits in 2007 and 2013. Ramesh is an ardent advocate of student success and is the PI of a nationally acclaimed five year, $ 5.5 Million grant from the US Department of Education’s HSI-STEM program entitled AIMS2 to support and graduate underrepresented minorities in engineering and computer science. The program was recognized by Excelencia in Education in September 2014.  In 2014 Ramesh was invited by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to host one of the four national White House STEM workshops at CSU Northridge. This very successful workshop was held at CSUN on October 7, 2014 and attracted leaders from academia, government, and industry to discuss efforts to broaden participation in the STEM disciplines, remove barriers, and improve student graduation rates- especially in engineering and computer science.

Dr. Ramesh serves the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) extensively, including the IEEE Educational Activities Board, the IEEE-HKN (  Electrical Engineering Honor Society Board of Governors, the IEEE e-learning Library Editorial Board, and the ABET ( Board of Directors. Ramesh has also served ABET as a program evaluator representing IEEE. He has delivered several invited presentations, workshops, and plenaries on outcomes based education; most recently during ICACIT 2014 in Lima, Peru, and ICTIEE 2015 in Bangalore, India. He is the Chair of the 2014 IEEE EAB Pre-University Coordinating Committee responsible for signature programs such as TISP (Teacher in Service Program) and EPICS in IEEE (Engineering Projects in Community Service). He is the 2015-16 President-Elect of IEEE-HKN and has served as the Chair of the IEEE EAB Awards and Recognition Committee, the IEEE Awards Board, and on the ABET Nominating Committee.  He is a Past President of the CSUS Sigma Xi Chapter (Scientific Research Society and has been recognized with several awards for innovative teaching, scholarship and service to the profession and the community. In 2012 he was recognized with the “John Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year” award by the Engineers Council (  Some of his other awards include 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, as well as for his leadership in professional societies such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. and Sigma Xi. Ramesh is an IEEE Fellow recognized for his contributions to entrepreneurship in engineering education.

Ramesh’s 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. He volunteers his time to support and improve engineering education in India by offering classes and webinars online under the auspices of the IUCEE – Indo US Collaborative for Engineering Education ( Ramesh graduated with the B.E. degree (Honors, 1981) in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirapalli in 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

Selected Papers and Publications

S. K. Ramesh, “2012 IEEE Educational Activities Board Awards”, IEEE Transactions on Education, Pages 252-258, Vol. 56, No.2, May 2013.

S. K. Ramesh, “Interdisciplinary and Integrative-Engineering Education for a Changing World”, Keynote Address (, Proceedings of IEDEC 2013, March, 2013.

S. K. Ramesh, “2011 IEEE Educational Activities Board Awards”, IEEE Transactions on Education, Pages 299-304, Vol. 55, No.2, May 2012.

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).

 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 Partnership 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 Frontiers 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, Albuquerque, 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.


  • Principal Investigator, US Department of Education, Engineering and Computer Science HSI-STEM Initiative, The AIMS2 program, FY 2011 Title III, Part F, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) STEM and Articulation Programs cooperative arrangement development five-year grant, $ 5.5 Million, Award Number P031C110031, CFDA Number 84.031C.  This is a collaborative project lead by the College of Engineering and Computer Science, in partnership with Glendale Community College (GCC) and the College of the Canyons (COC).
  • INTEL Graduate Computer Lab for EEE, INTEL Public Affairs Grant, $45,000, February 2006
  • Equipment support for Advanced Analog IC Design Laboratory, Level-One Communications, $6,000 cash grant, January 1999.
  • DMEA-Educational Partnership Agreement, $1 million equipment grant, April 20, 2000.
  • Dedicated Digital Signal Processing laboratory at CSUS, HP University Programs Grant, Grant #38478, 1998.
  • Enhancement of the Electronics laboratory at CSUS, HP University Programs Grant, Grant #31252, 1996.
  • 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.