Dr. Murty V.V.S. Yalla currently serves as the Vice President - General Manager of Beckwith Electric and has been associated with the company since 1989.
After obtaining his diploma in Electrical Engineering from Andhra Polytechnic in 1976, Dr. Yalla went on to obtain degrees in B.Tech. from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in 1981, M.Tech. from IIT Kanpur in 1983 and a doctorate from University of New Brunswick, Canada in 1987 in electrical engineering. From 1988 to 1989, Dr. Yalla taught and conducted research on digital power system protection at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada.
After joining Beckwith Electric in 1989, Dr. Yalla held various leadership roles, including company president. He also serves as the Chairman of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC, Geneva, Switzerland) Technical Committee, measuring relays and protection equipment. He leads subject matter experts from 34 countries in the development of international standards in power system protection and control.
Dr. Yalla is also the chairman of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, Power System Relaying and Control Committee. He has also served as a U.S. delegate to the international council on large electric systems (CIGRE, France), working groups on protection of generators and power transformers. He was a member of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) System Protection and Control Subcommittee (SPCS). Presently he is a member of the Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee (ITSLC) of the IEEE PES, serving as a liaison between IEEE PES and NERC. He also serves on the planning committee of the Georgia Tech protective relaying conference. He holds six U.S. patents in power system protection and control.
In 2006, Dr. Yalla was elevated to the IEEE Fellow for contributions in computer relays for power systems. He is the recipient of many other awards including the IEEE Florida Council Outstanding Engineer Award in 2005 and 2018, the IEC 1906 Award in 2010, and the Indo-U.S. Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year Award in 2013. In 2021, Dr. Yalla was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) "for contributions to digital protection and control devices for the grid."