January 2019

ECEDHA Member and Partner News

Stephen M. Phillips

Petition for IEEE Annual Election Ballot

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to ask for your support to add Prof. S. K. Ramesh (former ECEDHA member) to the 2019 IEEE annual election ballot for the position of IEEE President-Elect for the 2020 term. This petition is to add him to the ballot, not necessarily to vote for him in the election.  You can sign the petition electronically using your IEEE account at www.ieee.org/petition.  Here are some details:

I have had the pleasure of serving on the IEEE Educational Activities Board under Prof. Ramesh’s leadership as Vice President of IEEE EAB, and we have worked together for several years beginning with the ABET Board of Directors and now on the ABET Board of Delegates representing the IEEE. He is a tireless volunteer leader of IEEE, and a strategic thinker who has served the Institute with distinction for several years.

Briefly, Prof. Ramesh has been an IEEE volunteer for over 37 years, and has served on the IEEE Board of Directors, and as Vice President for Educational Activities; President of IEEE-HKN (the Electrical Engineering Honor Society), and has held many senior positions in Region 6. In his career he has served on two of the largest campuses in the California State University system for 32 years as a dean, department chair, and faculty member. He was an active member of NEEDHA and subsequently ECEDHA from 1994-2006, and coordinated the chairs group from the West (WECEDHA). Presently he leads the internationally recognized AIMS2 program that has garnered attention for its success in promoting underrepresented students in engineering and computer science.

His top priority is to transform the IEEE into the pre-eminent membership organization of the 21st century. Prof Ramesh has the vision, the experience and the foresight to lead the IEEE to great success. Please feel free to visit his web site at www.rameshsk.com for additional information on his candidacy and position statement.

You can sign the petition electronically at www.ieee.org/petition.  Please use your IEEE Account to authenticate access. I would really appreciate it if you can encourage colleagues in your department, and graduate students to endorse his petition. If they need assistance and/or are having difficulty with the application, please ask them to contact elections@ieee.org. Please note that signing the Petition does not obligate anybody to vote for Prof. Ramesh in the IEEE Annual Elections. It only gives him the chance to have his name on the slate of the IEEE election ballot for the position of IEEE President-Elect for the 2020 term.

Please feel free to contact him directly if you have any suggestions, questions or comments at s.ramesh@ieee.org.

Thanks in advance for signing the petition to add Prof. Ramesh to the IEEE election ballot for the position of 2020 IEEE President-Elect.


Stephen M. Phillips, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Director of the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineerin
Arizona State University

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