Shesha Jayaram, FIEEE, PEng

Professor, University Research Chair

Professor Shesha JayaramContact Information

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35337
Location: EIT 3105
Fax: (519) 746-3077

Biography Summary

Shesha H. Jayaram (S’87–M’91–SM’97–F’08) received the B.A.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Bangalore University, Bangalore, India, the M.A.Sc. degree in high voltage engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada, in 1980, 1983, and 1990, respectively. She has held various academic positions at the University of Waterloo since 1992, where she is currently a Full Professor, the University Research Chair, and the Director of the High Voltage Engineering Laboratory. She is also an Adjunct Professor with the University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, and McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, she served on the faculty with the University of Western Ontario, London, ON, as an Assistant Professor from 1990 to 1992 and as an Adjunct from 1992 to 2003.

Her current research interests include solution-based outputs, high-voltage engineering and insulation diagnostic, high-voltage engineering applied to environment, nanocomposite materials, and pulse power applied to biotechnology. 

Dr. Jayaram has been an active member of the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation and Industry Applications Societies and the Electrostatic Society of America. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Research Interests

  • Analysis of conduction and breakdown mechanisms in insulating materials under HV stress
  • Use of partial discharge and other high frequency components as diagnostic tools for insulation failure analysis
  • High voltage engineering applications to industrial processes, and development of power supplies
  • High voltage testing techniques
  • Pulse power applications to electrostatics problems


  • BE, University Engineering College, Bangalore, India
  • MASc, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • PhD, University of Waterloo


Further information

For further information, please see Professor Jayaram's profile on the Power and Energy Systems group web site.

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