IEEE Biography and Vita


Kathleen A. Kramer (S88–M90–SM01) is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, where she served as Director of Engineering from 2004-2013. 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 the B.S. degree in electrical engineering magna cum laude with a second major in physics from Loyola Marymount University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.




Director, IEEE Region 6 (Western USA), 2017-18

Director-Elect, IEEE Region 6 (Western USA), 2015-16



Member, IEEE Audit Committee (2017 – present)

Member, IEEE Public Visibility Committee (2016 – present)

Member, Board of Governors IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems Society (2012 – present)

Member, IEEE Women in Engineering Committee, Society Liaison IEEE AESS (2015 – present)

IEEE-appointed Commissioner, Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (2013-present)

Member, IEEE Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities (2011- 2013)

IEEE-appointed Engineering Accreditation Commission ABET Program Evaluator for Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Programs (2002 – present)



Director, IEEE Region 6 (Western USA), 2017-18

Director-Elect, IEEE Region 6 (Western USA), 2015-16

Awards Chair, Region 6 Southwest Area, (2003-2004)



Chair, San Diego Chapter of the IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems (2010 – present)

Vice-Chair, San Diego Chapter of the IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems (2008-2009)

Executive Committee Member, IEEE San Diego Section (2003-2004)

Chair, IEEE San Diego Section (2002)

Vice-Chair Publicity, IEEE San Diego Section (2001)

Vice-Chair Programs, IEEE San Diego Section (2000)

Secretary, IEEE San Diego Section (1999)

Treasurer, IEEE San Diego Section (1998)



Branch Counselor, IEEE Student Branch at the University of San Diego (1997-2001, 2014-  ).



Vice-President Education, IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems (2016-2017)

Member, Board of Governors IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems Society (2012 – present)

Chair, San Diego Chapter of the IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems (2010 – present)

Vice-Chair, San Diego Chapter of the IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems (2008-2009)

Member, IEEE Aerospace Electronic Systems Society, IEEE Instrumentations & Measurement Society, and IEEE Education Society



Chair, 2016 IEEE/AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC35)

Steering Committee, IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (2015 – _

Member, DASC Executive Committee, IEEE AESS

Steering Committee, 2016 IEEE Technology Time Machine

Leadership Committee, 2015 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference

Program Co-Chair, 2015 34th Digital Avionics Systems Conference

Technical Program Committee, 2013 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems



Founding Chief Advisor, Tau Beta Pi (California Alpha Epsilon Chapter)

Founding Advisor, Society of Women Engineers (University of San Diego Student Section)

Active involvement in mentoring and outreach programs, including FIRST Technical Challenge and Expand Your Horizon.



I have significant IEEE leadership experience serving its members that began when I became branch counselor for a student branch that led to a series of leadership positions in my section and ongoing involvement that has continued to Director of IEEE Region 6 (Western US).  On the technical side, I have relied upon IEEE, and the activities and opportunities provided by its technical societies as I have worked to make technical advances and contributions to my field. I have experience as a leader in both the Aerospace Electronics Systems Society, including serving as its Vice-President of Education, and through the Educational Activities Board’s Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities.


Professionally, I have been program chair of electrical engineering and then director of all engineering programs at the University of San Diego, leading faculty and working through faculty governance processes to advance and develop student learning and faculty research.  As, director I succeeded in transforming levels of research and increasing student enrollments by a factor of three while managing the budget, personnel, and resources required for these efforts.  All of these successes relied upon steady, community-building work through committees, boards, and faculty governance.


One of the aspects of both my professional and IEEE activities that I most enjoy is the opportunity to work and learn from so many different-thinking people at different stages in their careers who have needs that, in the short term at least, are often in conflict. Managing the inevitable conflicts and conflicts in interests while working for positive change is not an easy job but it has been a deeply fulfilling aspect of my leadership activities.  I have significant experience with all the various constituencies of the IEEE, including members, employees, industry partners and sponsors, governmental units, donors, and the general public.



Most recently, my most significant IEEE service has been representing IEEE on the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, as a program evaluator for ABET, as a member of the IEEE Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities, and as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Electronics Systems Society.  As part of these efforts, my work on behalf of IEEE as an evaluator has contributed to improving engineering education in electrical and computer engineering and its relevance to industry of programs.  These activities have taken me to universities not only within the US, but internationally.


Among my successes is that I have been the assigned mentor to senior IEEE members who have succeeded in their training for and visits as evaluators of electrical engineering programs. Within my section, I have been a longtime officer, working to make IEEE more relevant to its members who are the driving force for the many high tech industries in our region.  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 through advertisements.  Outside of IEEE, I was also principle investigator of a National Science Foundation project (no. 0948070) to connect veterans into undergraduate degrees in engineering and the number of veteran transfer students at my institution increased by nearly three-fold since my project began.