Prof. Ramakrishna Gokaraju

Prof. Ramakrishna (Rama) Gokaraju received his Bachelor of Engineering degree (with Distinction) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Regional Engineering College (National Institute of Technology) in Trichy, India, in 1992. He obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Calgary in 1996 and 2000, respectively. During 1999–2002, he was a Research Scientist with the Alberta Research Council and a Staff Software Engineer with IBM Toronto Lab, Markham, ON, Canada. In 2003, Gokaraju joined University of Saskatchewan Engineering’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering as an Assistant Professor and became a professor in July 2015. Prof. Gokaraju, who has successfully mentored more than 40 graduate students (including 12 PhDs), is currently the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Strategic Projects in the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. His research is in the area of power system protection and smart grids. He is widely recognized for his contributions to online transient stability prediction methods to prevent power system blackouts, high-speed relaying and developing computer models for the new small modular reactors (SMRs) to analyze their operation for power generation. In June, Gokaraju received $360,000 from NSERC and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to analyze operational and safety aspects of SMR-based power plants.