RAJIV K. VARMA is an Associate Professor and Hydro One Chair in Power Systems Engineering in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Western Ontario.

He obtained B.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India, in 1980 and 1988, respectively.  He joined Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, as Research Associate in1988 and was appointed as Assistant Professor at the same Institute in 1989. He was awarded the Government of India BOYSCAST Young Scientist Fellowship in 1992-93 to conduct research on Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS) at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), London, Canada. He continued as Visiting Assistant Professor at UWO until Dec. 1994. He returned to IIT Kanpur and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997. He was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship of U.S. Educational Foundation in India to travel to United States in 1998 and do research at Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Dept. of Energy, at  Portland Oregon.  He became Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2001 prior to joining University of Western Ontario in Jan. 2002. Dr. Varma is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Waterloo.

Rajiv Varma is the Chair of IEEE Working Group on HVDC and FACTS Bibliography, and also active on several other IEEE Working Groups. He was the Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery for five years.

His teaching and research interests include Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS), Grid Integration of Wind and Solar Power Generation, and Power System Stability. 

Dr. Rajiv Varma was the Western's project lead in a recently completed $6 Million project on Large-Scale Photovoltaic Solar Power Integration in Transmission and Distribution Networks, together with University of Waterloo, funded by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Ontario Power Authority (OPA), a transmission utility - Hydro One, two local distribution utilities - Bluewater Power Corporation and London Hydro, and a major solar farm developer - First Solar.

He is presently leading two multi-university (Western - Waterloo - Ryerson) projects totalling $2 Million on Enhancing Grid Connectivity of Renewables through Innovative Controls of PV Solar Farms and Smart Management of Short Circuit Currents from Distributed Generators. These Projects are supported by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Ontario’s System Operator (IESO), the above industry partners, Testforce, German Solar and Kaco.

Dr. Varma has developed a new technology of utilizing PV solar farms in the night for which several patents have been filed worldwide.



    "Hind Rattan (translated "Jewel of India") Award 2014" with the citation, "...in recognition of Outstanding Services, Achievements and Contributions in your respective field".

     This Award is conferred annually to select members of the worldwide Indian diaspora - Non Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin by the NRI Welfare Society of India. This award was presented at the 33rd International Congress of Non-Resident Indians, on the eve of Republic Day of India, January 25, 2014 in New Delhi.

    "Bharat Gaurav (translated 'Pride of India') Award 2014"  with the citation, "...in recognition of contribution and dedication to worthy causes and your achievements in keeping the flag of India high".

     This award is conferred annually by the India International Friendship Society (IIFS), on personalities in India and abroad, who have made outstanding contributions in their personalized fields including science & technology, education and humanitarian service. The award was presented during IIFS's Global Friendship Day on January 9, 2014 in New Delhi.

    IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) "Energy Development and Power Generation Committee" Prize Paper Award for the paper:

Rajiv K. Varma, Shah Arifur Rahman, Mahendra A.C., Ravi Seethapathy and Tim Vanderheide, “Novel Nighttime Application of PV Solar Farms as STATCOM (PV-STATCOM)”, Presented at the 2012 IEEE PES General Meeting at San Diego, USA, July 2012  

    Nominated for “IEEE Distinguished Service Award” in 2012 for contributions to HVDC and FACTS Bibliographies.

    Terry Base Award for Outstanding Teaching in Mechanical & Materials Engineering in 2011/12 academic year

    Co-nominated by London Economic Development Council (LEDC), City of London, for the "Canadian Energy Innovation Award" 2010 for “Utilization of PV Solar Farms in the Night”.

    Certificate of Appreciation by IEEE Power Engineering Society, Substations Committee, for Static Var Compensator WG I4 Special Publication: SVC Refurbishment, 2010

    Certificate of Appreciation by IEEE Power Engineering Society, Substations Committee, for Voltage Source Converter WG I5 Special Publication: Voltage Source Converter (VSC) Applications in Power Transmission 2008

    University of Western Ontario USC Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence for each of the following nine years : 

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       "Faculty of Engineering R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching" 2003

       Nominated for University of Western Ontario USC Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for the years:

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        Fulbright Scholar of the U.S. Educational Foundation in India, to conduct research at Bonneville Power Administration (B.P.A.), U.S. Dept. of Energy, Portland, Oregon, USA, during May-Aug. 1998

        BOYSCAST (Better Opportunities for Young Scientists in Chosen Areas of Science and Technology) Fellow of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, for pursuing advanced research in electric power systems in Canada, during 1992-94.



1)   "PV Magazine",  published from Germany, July 2011

Cover article: "Solar inverter upgrade: Relieving congestion on the grid by modifying inverter functions",  Page 158



2)    “IPPSO FACTO” – Magazine of Association of Power Producers of Ontario, April 2010 

 Pushing the limits: How to get more value out of a transmission line



You Tube:

1)  Wind, Sun and Energy Storage Conference 2011, London, ON

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1)   London Economic Development Corporation

       Western Engineering finds new way of utilizing solar farms at night 


        Article date:   August 16, 2010 



1)   The London Free Press:  Power sharing at night

       RENEWABLE ENERGY: Western engineers find cost-cutting ways to use solar technology at  night to control wind generators


       Article date:  August 17, 2010


2)   Western News:  Western Engineering finds new way of utilizing solar farms at night    http://communications.uwo.ca/com/western_news/stories/western_engineering_finds_new_way_of_utilizing_solar_farms_at_night_20100816446674

Article date:  August 16, 2010


 3)  Toronto Sun

Researchers harness sun's power at night


       Article date:  August 17, 2010






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Contact Info

Rajiv K. Varma, Ph.D.

TEB 233 Thompson Engineering Building
University of Western Ontario, London, ON       N6A 5B9
Telephone: 519 661-2111 x85111
Fax: 519 850-2436
email: rkvarma@uwo.ca