Dr. Bala Venkatesh is both founding Academic Director and head for the Ryerson Centre for Urban Energy (CUE). He is also a tenured Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He specializes in Electric Power Systems with interests in Transmission and Distribution Systems, Renewables, Energy Storage, Smart Grids, etc. He works with several companies such as Hydro One, Toronto Hydro, Ontario Power Authority, Schneider Electric, eCamion, Temporal Power, Electrovaya, New Brunswick Power, etc. In total, his extramural funding is over ten million dollars. In the last two decades, he has worked on over 30 consulting and research projects in India and Canada.
With a Ph.D. from Anna University (India), Dr. Venkatesh is a registered professional engineer in Ontario, Canada. Currently a Ryerson Professor, Dr. Venkatesh has also taught at the University of New Brunswick, Multimedia University (Malaysia), and Anna University (India) since 1994.
Dr. Venkatesh has extensive journal publications to his credit and has supervised over 50 MASc and PhD theses.