Dr. Ashu Verma
Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
A 2001 B.Tech graduate in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Hamirpur, Dr. Ashu Verma pursued her Masters in Power Systems from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi in 2002 and completed her PhD in Transmission Network Expansion Planning from Electrical Engineering Department of IIT, Delhi in 2010.
Her special interests range from understanding and tackling the challenges of large-scale integration of renewable energy (RE) sources and Electric Vehicles to future electric grids, specifically in Indian context. She has over 12 years’ experience in power system operation, analysis and optimization.
She has worked in Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Electric Project, Himachal Pradesh as Assistant Engineer/Engineering Trainee, in Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida as a lecturer and in TERI University, Delhi and Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida as an Assistant Professor. In 2012, she joined the Centre for Energy Studies (CES) IIT Delhi as faculty and pursuing her research interest in power system planning, operation and control aspects of integrated RE systems, and policy and regulatory framework for enabling large-scale integration of RE sources in India.
She has several publications in reputed international journals/conferences. She has received K.S. Prakasa Rao memorial Award at IIT Delhi for obtaining highest cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in power system group during her Masters. She has also received PES (Power & Energy Society) Outstanding Chapter Engineering Award from IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) PES-IAS (Power & Energy Society) Delhi Chapter for the year 2018. She has been listed as best reviewer for IEEE transactions on Smart Grid, 2018. She is actively involved in IEEE technical, professional and social activities conducted in Delhi under various capacities since 2012.
How have your education and career path led you to where you are now? What excites you the most about your entire journey until present date at Centre for Energy Studies (CES), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi?
My basic education in science and then doing electrical engineering helped me to grow an interest in energy sector. Field experience of hydropower system helped me to strengthen my academic concepts with practical applicability. Eventually doing research in power system during Ph.D. and subsequently as a faculty lead me to my present work profile.
What excites me here, other than my research projects, is my interactions with the students. They really make me feel energetic and excited about power system research. I feel overwhelmed when I see students working in this area doing very well outside their academic degrees and working for their dream professions.
How can the educational institutions improve upon gender diversity in electrical engineering stream, resulting in more women representation in the power sector?
In my opinion, to improve gender diversity, a major social transformation is necessary. Then only the effective impact of initiatives taken by educational institutes in this direction would be observed. Technical institutes are already doing their bit to improve the gender diversity in engineering streams. As per my experience, the working environment here or in any technical institute is usually women cohesive. I encourage more women and urge their families to motivate them to join in these streams. Further some special mentorship programmes may be helpful to encourage women to take lead positions in power sector.