Ramesh ("Rudy") Shankar is appointed as a Professor with the EnergyProduction Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at University of North Carolina Charlotte, and as the Power Modernization Cluster Leader. In this role he will assist in broadening the scope of the research areas that include Grid Modernization, the Smart Grid, Renewable Energy and Energy Utilization to include industry and utility partnerships, agency funding and technology demonstrations to EPIC constituents and stakeholders.
He was previously the Vice President and Chief Technology Advisor for the Tennessee Valley Authority and duties included to manage Renewable Energy Technology, Electric Transportation & Infrastructure, Consumer Innovation, Technologies for Power Generation and Power Delivery. His previous appointments included: President/CEO of Signatech Systems and led the efforts to develop requirements for asset management and fleet-wide monitoring for a large Asian utility (30 GW capacity); consulted with the U.N. IAEA on nuclear power requirements for developing countries; Program Manager and Market Director for the Electric Power Research Institute.
Dr. Shankar completed his undergraduate work at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; Ph.D. in Applied Sciences from the University of Delaware, and an MBA at Queens University in an Executive-sponsored Program. Dr Shankar has attended Leadership Development course at Eckerd College and project management training.