Dr. Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UMR, received the ABB PowerTech Transformers Young Achiever’s Award 2005 from the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers.
The award recognizes achievement, creativity and leadership in the field of electrical engineering by an engineer under the age of 35.
Venayagamoorthy earned a bachelor’s degree electrical and electronics engineering from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Nigeria in March 1994. He received a master’s degree and doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, in 1999 and 2002, respectively.
Venayagamoorthy accepted his current teaching position at UMR in 2002. In 2004, he established UMR’s Real-Time Power and Intelligent Systems Laboratory, one of only four university laboratories in the nation to have a Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) for power systems. The RTDS gives researchers the ability to evaluate and accurately test new power system equipment, network designs and upgrades.