Ramesh served as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at SUNY OCC since early 1970. Presently, he teaches at IIT Gandhinagar as a Visiting Professor for a semester in a year. He is also a Director of Penram International Publishing Company in Mumbai. He is the author of several engineering textbooks, adopted internationally, in the microprocessor field and a recipient of SUNY Chancellor's award, Outstanding Teacher awards from ASEE St. Lawrence Section and CNY Technology Alliance. He grew up in Parel area in Bombay, the heartland of cotton factories and rebels of independent movement. He is a Physics graduate from Bombay University and came to RPI, Troy, NY as a teaching assistant. After completing a degree in Electrical Engineering, he worked as an Engineer and received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University.
Shaila grew up in upstate New York amid a large family of siblings and cousins, for whom expectations decreed a sequence of college, marriage, homemaking and community service. Defying those expectations, Shaila chose independence, professional involvement in education and world travel. Mid-career, she enrolled in Syracuse University’s program of Instructional Technology. Marriage with Ramesh, a brief year of living in India, and juggling of child-bearing and post-doctoral appointments at Syracuse followed. In 1984, Shaila accepted a position with AT&T’s Corporate Education Center in Princeton, New Jersey, during its legendary period in corporate training. There she worked with content experts to design, implement and evaluate training programs in emerging technologies. Shaila returned to Syracuse two years later, joining SU’s Project Advance [SUPA] as Associate Director, overseeing two of its programs and its evaluation activities. In 1994, she resigned from Project Advance and established East/West Yoga Studios, which she maintained for fifteen years.
Shaila and Ramesh have two daughters — Nelima and Vanita. Nelima is a licensed psychotherapist currently working in Binghamton, dividing her time between SUNY Binghamton’s support services and private practice. Vanita lives in Manhattan and is currently employed as an Investment Officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New York.
Both Ramesh and Shaila follow in their family traditions of community service. During the last twenty-five years, Ramesh has served as President, Vice-President and Board member of ICRCC. In the spirit of “giving back,” he has helped establish and continues to support a computer center in his home-town village, Hadi in the Kokan area of southern Maharashtra, where primary-school children and women are learning computer skills. Shaila currently serves as docent with the Everson Museum and as coordinator with OASIS. In addition to volunteering their time and experience, Ramesh and Shaila offer financial support to educational and charitable institutions in Syracuse, India and Shaila’s hometown of Gloversville.