Rama Vinnakota

About Me

Planner in Transmission Planning group of BC Hydro, a power utility in British Columbia. I have over 30 years of experience both in private and public sector utilities in several areas of its functioning.

Career highlights:

  • Worked on a 500,000-Volts transmission reinforcement project in BC.
  • Performed extensive studies leading towards 2010 Energy policy development of BC.
  • Worked on several generation, load interconnections, Regional Transmission Planning and Network Integration Transmission (NITS) Studies.

Involved in compliance with some of the NERC Mandatory Reliability Standards for ensuring Reliability of Integrated Bulk Electric System in North America.

Worked as a Technical consultant in developing a prototype for a real time reactive power optimization tool. Extremely passionate and enjoys volunteering for IEEE for over a decade and half.


Masters in Management

1991 Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai

MSc: Power Systems Analysis

1985 IIT, Delhi


1983 Osmania University, Hyderabad



2017 IEEE, Vancouver Section

Handed over a sum of $50,000 to IEEE Canadian Foundation (ICF) towards corpus fund of Vancouver student’s scholarship. Helped the Vancouver Section executive team raise funds over several years. Ensured a strong contingent of four representatives from the Vancouver Section could attend the 2017 world Sections congress in Australia.

Vice Chair

2016 IEEE, Vancouver Section

Actively revived Teachers in Service Program (TISP). Inspired several young professionals to actively participate in IEEE activities and volunteer for Section executive positions.


2012 - 2014 Power and Energy Society (PES), Vancouver Chapter

One of the largest Chapters in Canada. Local PES chapter was actively involved and contributed in organizing the 2013 PES Annual General Meeting which was held over five days

Organizing Committee

2008 Electrical Power and Energy Conference (EPEC)

General Volunteering

2001 - Current IEEE, Canada


Exemplary Large Section Awards

2016 & 2017 Vancouver Section

Organized about 141 meetings with 84 technical and professional meetings across all Chapters for advancement of professional community in 2016 & 2017.

High-performing PES Chapter

2012 - 2014 Vancouver Section

During my three years as chair (2012 - 2014), I organized several workshops, distinguished lectures and technical presentations while collaborating with local, national and international personalities.

Membership contest: Second Place

2013 Vancouver Section

Awarded second place in the membership contest for large PES chapters due to an increase in membership of 17% in 2013