Ramesh Rayudu (Senior Member, IEEE) received the B.E. (First Class Distinction) degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, in 1993, the M.E. degree from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1993, and the Ph.D. degree in AI and power systems engineering from Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand, in 2001. He has more than 15 years of industrial work experience both in India and New Zealand. He is also involved in consultation work for several international firms in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, India, EU, and the USA. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand. He has co-authored over 180 publications and holds six patents. His current research interests include power systems engineering, renewable energy systems, artificial intelligence (AI) applications, health monitoring, and energy harvesting. He was the recipient of the seven Best Paper and four Best Presentation Awards. He is an Associate Editor of three international journals. He was co-awarded the prestigious IPENZ (ENZ) 1999 Fulton Downer Silver Medal for his work.