Dr. Ravi Gorur



301 Sparkman Drive
Engineering Building
Room 212
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Ravi Gorur joined UAH in August 2015 as Professor and Department Chair. Prior to this he was at Arizona State University (ASU) from 1987-2015. He has supervised numerous research projects sponsored by the government, utilities and industry in the field of electrical insulation and has coauthored a textbook and over 200 papers in IEEE transactions and conferences. He served as the US Representative to CIGRE Study Committee D1 (advanced materials and systems), chaired various technical committees in the IEEE that was responsible for the development of technical standards and state-of-the-art papers in the field. During May 2013-May 2014, he was on an IPA (Intergovernment Personnel Act) assignment from ASU at the US Department of Energy where he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of The Power Systems Engineering R&D division in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, where he was responsible for research in smart grid, energy storage and cybersecurity for energy delivery systems.. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 1998 for contributions in the field of polymeric materials for outdoor insulation. In 2011, he received the Claude de Tourreil lifetime achievement award for contributions to the field of outdoor insulators. He obtained the Bachelor's and Master's degrees from India, and the Ph.D. Degree from the University of Windsor, Canada, all in electrical engineering. He was a visiting professor (on sabbatical from ASU) at the National University of Singapore in 1995, and at Queensland University of Technology, Australia, in 2002.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 1986
  • M.S.E.E., Indian Institute of Science, India, 1983
  • B.S.E.E., Bangalore University, India, 1981

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 Claude de Tourreil Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Electrical Insulators
  • 2011 Outstanding technical contributor, IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena
  • 2004-Present US Representative of CIGRE Study Committee D1- Emerging technologies and materials
  • 1998 IEEE Fellow (for contributions to the understanding of aging of polymeric materials for HV insulation)
  • 1998-2011: Author of editorial segment "Ravi's Column" in "Insulator News and Market Report", a leading international magazine on the business and technology of insulators, Quarterly issue


  • nanomaterials
  • smart grid technologies for condition monitoring
  • evaluation, assessment and failure prediction of power system apparatus
  • electric field calculations
  • high frequency effects
  • HV testing
  • computer aided design

Recent Publications

  • R. S. Gorur, E. A. Cherney and J. T. Burnham, "Outdoor Insulators", Text Book ISBN 0-967611-0-7, 1999.

  • G. Iyer, R. S. Gorur and A. Krivda, "Understanding electrical discharge endurance of epoxy micro- and nano-composites through thermal analysis", IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 225-229, 2014.

  • E. A. Cherney, R. S. Gorur, et al, "End-of-life and replacement strategies for RTV silicone rubber coatings", IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp 253-261, 2014.

  • J. He and R. S. Gorur, "Charge simulation based electric field analysis of composite insulators for HVDC lines", IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, Vol. 21, No. 6, pp. 2541-2548, 2014.

  • E. A. Cherney, R. S. Gorur, et al, "RTV silicone rubber pre-coated ceramic insulators for transmission lines", Vol. 20, No. 1, pp, 237-244, 2013.

  • G. Iyer, R. S. Gorur and A. Krivda, "Corona resistance of epoxy nanocomposites: experimental results and modeling", IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 118-125, 2012.