Faculty and Staff

ESEI Director:

Dr. Ramesh Shankar

Director, Energy Systems Engineering

Ph.D. Applied Sciences, University of Delaware, 1977
MBA, Finance, Operations, Marketing and Strategy, Queens University, 2001
B. Tech, Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, 1969


Dr. Shankar was named director of Lehigh University's Energy Systems Engineering Institute on July 1, 2016. His previous appointments include his work as assistant director of UNC's Electric Power Infrastructure Center, helping to expand it's research in grid modernization, smart grid, renewable energy and energy utilization. This included industry and utility partnerships, development of agency funding and technology demonstrations to constituents and stakeholders.

Shankar also served as VP and CTO to the Tennessee Valley Authority, where his duties included management of renewable energy technologies, electric transportation and infrastructure, and technologies for power generation delivery; as President and CEO of Signatech Systems, where he led efforts to develop asset management and fleet-wide monitoring for a large Asian utility; and as program manager and market director for the Electric Power Research Institute.



Adjunct Faculty:

Dan Chaply


Mr. Dan Chaply has provided technical and organizational expertise, project leadership, and education in many areas of the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) segment of the utility industry. He spent most of his career at PPL as a Senior Technical Engineer in the Substation Department. His work covered a diverse and complex set of T&D related projects. The designs not only focused on the internal connections within the utility grid, but also on Bulk Power Interconnections with other utilities. In addition, he interfaced with large industrial customers, creating designs and detailed engineering for their customized transmission and substation infrastructure. He was called upon to provide due diligence, design reviews, specification analysis, and manufacturer consultation to support generation related projects for various PPL subsidiaries, both nationally and internationally. Scopes covered hydro upgrades in Pennsylvania and Montana, IPP projects in Illinois, and development of a major gas generating station, including connecting lines and substation facilities in Peru, South America. He provided technical and business presentations on utility deregulation as part of PPL's Eastern European and Egyptian initiatives.

Dan's most recent assignment as Senior Staff Technical Training Specialist at PPL was to address workforce aging. He was charged with the development and delivery of the curriculum for training and testing of newly hired Journeyman Electricians-Substations. In addition, he produced and ran the program for refresher training aimed at experienced substation field personnel. This program grows the employee's knowledge-base on the latest materials, consistent best practices, and most up-to-date standards. Throughout his career Dan supported research and development projects, including EPRI's accelerated aging chamber and life cycle testing facility for 500kV polymer insulators. He holds a patent on the design of a single pole transmission line termination structure for use at substations. Mr. Chaply hold a BSEE and a MSEE from Lehigh University and completed PTI's "Course of Study in Electric Power Systems Engineering" Program. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.



Adjunct Faculty:

Andrew Coleman


Andrew Coleman is a Marketing Manager at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he helps develop, price and promote environmental and renewable research programs. Coleman has also been an Account Executive in the Environment Group. Before that, he was a Senior Project Manager in EPRI's Land and Groundwater area, focusing on manufactured gas plant research and site remediation. He worked with multiple utilities across the U.S. and the U.K. Coleman's areas of expertise include hydrogeology and engineering geology. Coleman has also participated in the planning and assembly of carbon storage projects at EPRI.

During a hiatus from EPRI, Coleman was a Professor of Practice and Director of Energy Systems Engineering at Lehigh University. Before joining EPRI, Coleman was a consultant for utility companies on environment mitigation and risk management of environmental liabilities. He began consulting with AECOM in 1991 and by 1994 was secunded full time for Public Service Enterprise Group in Newark, New Jersey.

Coleman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He obtained a Master of Arts degree in structural geology at the City College of New York and holds a Master of Philosophy degree and a doctorate in structural geology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Coleman is a certified professional geologist in California, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Delaware and certified by the American State Board of Geologists.



Graduate Coordinator:

Ms. Wendy Vohar


Wendy Vohar received her MA in Sociology from Lehigh University in 2007. She is trained in social reserach, survey design implementation and analysis. She is currently serving as the coordinator for the Energy Systems Engineering Institute.