Bio - Sreekanth Ramakrishnan

Sreekanth Ramakrishnan is an advisory engineer, scientist and a learning specialist with IBM Learning (CHQ, Human Resources). In this role, he has global responsibilities for facilitating business transformation across IBM Corp. by enabling process excellence through lean practices and organizational culture change.

As a lean Six Sigma black belt, he has made significant contributions to IBM's global learning offerings in lean manufacturing, lean for services, and the 2009 Brandon Hall Award-winning lean Six Sigma blended learning offering. At the same time, he has coached and mentored more than 100 lean and lean Six Sigma practitioners on process improvement projects resulting in significant business benefits. He has also developed and deployed a global lean certification offering and management system where hundreds of lean practitioners have been certified to date. He has personally lead business transformation improvement initiatives across IBM's global landscape; including North American and Asia Pacific locations. The lean transformation methodology has been recognized externally through the 2011 IIE Lean Best Practice Award and the 2012 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award for Operational Excellence. As an industrial engineer, he also has developed discrete event simulation models that helped optimize new product costs, yields and resource capacity for high-end servers. He also has implemented online decision support systems for warehouse management operations, reverse logistics order management, facility re-layout optimization scenarios.

He has been an active contributor to the Society of Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS). Sreekanth has delivered a three-part webinar series on "Transformational Change" (2011), presented at and chaired various Engineering Management Track sessions at the IIE Annual Conference and Exposition (2009-2012), and served as a topic leader for the Content Committee since 2011. Further, he served as a co-chair of the Engineering Management Track in the 2012 IIE Annual Conference and Exposition’s Applied Solutions.

He has a Ph.D. (2008) and M.S. (2005) in industrial and systems engineering from the Department of Systems Science and industrial engineering at Binghamton University - State University of New York, Binghamton, N.Y. He has four patents (filed, pending), more than 40 publications in reputed conferences and invited speaker to numerous conferences, webinars and symposiums. He is a member of the Alpha Pi Mu Honor Society and professional societies such as the IISE, IEEE, SMTA and ASEM. Currently, he serves as a board of director of the Logistics and Supply Chain division at IISE.