Dr. Jayanti Venkataraman, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Kate Gleason College of Engineering, joined RIT in September, 1982. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore India in 1977 after which she was a Research Associate at the Physical Science Laboratory, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces from 1980 to 1981 and at the University of Colorado, Boulder from 1981 to 1982. Her research interests are in theoretical modeling and measurement of microstrip antennas, integrated microwave circuits, composite right/left handed materials and applications, bio-Electromagnetics.
Venkataraman has single-handedly established the area of Electromagnetics for the EE undergraduate and graduate programs. She has created the Microwave and Antenna Lab with funding primarily from the National Science Foundation and some corporations She has continued software support from Ansoft Corporation and Sonnet Corporation and donation of material for projects (duroid) from Rogers Corporation. She has developed and teaches the Electromagnetics graduate courses that include microwave circuits, antenna theory, advanced electromagnetic theory and, design and characterization of microwave systems.
Venkataraman's program is very unique in that it is a comprehensive project based education in Electromagnetics, Microwaves and Antennas, without compromising on theory. In that all the EM Undergraduate and Graduate courses projects are incorporated that providing a culminating laboratory experience in design, simulation and measurement,. She uses microwave software and hardware tools, elaborate as they are, for student projects. The projects range from simple ones that help students understand difficult wave theory concepts and elaborate designs, that incorporate state-of-art microwave circuits and antennas. For every course, she has created courseware that includes analytical projects, simulation projects and design projects.
Under her leadership, the student interest in Electromagnetics at RIT has grown tremendously and continues to thrive in an area that is difficult to inspire students and an area that is becoming increasingly important as technology continues to move into higher frequency ranges. Her training of students is excellent. The students that graduate from her program are aggressively sought after by RF and Microwave companies, such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Intel, Motorola, Anaren, Harris RF, etc. Some students continue in graduate studies at well known research universities.
Venkataraman also serves as a consultant to some RF companies in the Rochester area.
Venkataraman is the recipient of the 2001 Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching from RIT and the "2007 IEEE Region 1 award for establishing a unique educational experience in the area of Electromagnetics, Microwaves and Antennas".