Vijay Vittal was born in Bangalore, India. He received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering from the B.M.S. College of Engineering, Bangalore, India, in 1977; the M.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1979; and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University, Ames, in 1982.
Currently he is the Ira A. Fulton Chair Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University. From 1982 – 2004 he served as a faculty member at Iowa State University.
His research interests are in the area of power system dynamics, dynamic security assessment of power systems, power system operation and control, and application of robust control techniques to power systems. In 1992 he co-authored the textbook entitled Power System Transient Stability Assessment Using the Transient Energy Function Method with A. A. Fouad, in 1999 he co-authored the textbook entitled Power System Analysis with A. R. Bergen, in 2012 he co-authored the textbook entitled Grid Integration and Dynamic Impact of Wind Energy with Raja Ayyanar, and in 2014 he co-authored the textbook entitled Application of Time-Synchronized Measurements in Power System Transmission Networks with Mladen Kezunovic, Sakis Meliopoulos and Vaithianathan Venkatasubramanian.
During 1993-1994 he was the Program Director of the Power Systems Program at the U. S. National Science Foundation. He is a recipient of the 1985 U.S. Presidential Young Investigator Award. In 1997, he was elected as a Fellow of IEEE. He was also the recipient of the 2000 IEEE Power Engineering Society Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award. From 1998-2000 he was the Chairman of the IEEE Power Engineering Society System Dynamic Performance Committee. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2004. From 2005-2011 he served as the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. In 2013 he was awarded the IEEE Herman Halperin T&D Field Award.
Since 2005 Dr. Vittal has also served as the Director of the Power System Engineering Research Center, a Phase III National Science Foundation, Industry/University Collaborative Research Center consisting of 13 member universities and 40 industry members.