Stephen A. Sebo                                                        

Professor Emeritus
Electrical and Computer Engineering, High Voltage Lab

Campus Address:
205 Dreese Laboratory
Department of Electrical Engineering
2015 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1272, USA

Phone: (614) 292-7410
Fax: (614) 292-7596


Stephen A. Sebo received the M.S.E.E. degree from the Budapest Technical University in 1957, and the Ph.D. degree from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1966.

He was a Laboratory and Test Engineer of the Budapest Electric Company between 1957 and 1961. He was a faculty member of the Budapest Technical University, Department of Electric Power Systems, between 1961 and 1967. He spent 1967-1968 at Columbia University, N.Y., as a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. He joined The Ohio State University in 1968. He was promoted to a Full Professor there in 1974. He has been a Professor Emeritus since 2003 (he retired in 2003). He is still active in teaching, research, and professional society work.

His main areas of interest are Electric Power Systems, High Voltage Engineering, and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC).

He is the 1981 recipient of Edison Electric Institute's Power Educator Award. He received the 1982 Best Paper Award of the IEEE Power Engineering Society with Ross Caldecott. He was the American Electric Power Professor at OSU between 1982 and 2003. He was the Neal A. Smith Professor at OSU between 1995 and 2003. He was named Technical Person of the Year by Columbus Technical Council in 1994.

Research Interests

Many projects of Professor Sebo's research have been conducted in the fields of Electric Power Systems, High Voltage Engineering, and EMC. The principal topics were the ground return current distribution along power lines considering the end effects, interference caused by power lines and cables, the study of power line corona effects, voltages induced by high voltage power lines, environmental effects of electric power transmission systems, electromagnetic fields of AC and HVDC transmission stations, RF noise caused by HVDC converter station operation, RF impedance measurements on large station equipment, hybrid (AC and DC) transmission line corona effects, magnetic field shielding, fog chamber development, high voltage insulator performance, overvoltages, small gap performance, live-line maintenance tests, partial discharges, and various EMC projects.

His major research accomplishments were the pioneering of the scale modeling techniques of high voltage AC and HVDC transmission stations in order to determine the three-dimensional distribution of their electric and magnetic fields, and the transient magnetic field distribution measurements related to an airplane fuselage hit by a lightning-type surge current.

Areas of Interest and Courses Taught

Electric power systems, high voltage engineering, overvoltages in electrical engineering, noise/interference/safety in electrical engineering, engineering economics, reliability engineering, energy conversion.

Publications and Societies

Dr. Sebo has authored or co-authored many technical publications: close to 50 refereed papers, over 150 conference papers, close to 40 technical reports, over 10 class and short course notes, several panel papers, and two book chapters.

He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1992. He is active in the IEEE Power Engineering Society, and the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society.

Professor Sebo was the Public Member of the Power Siting Board of the State of Ohio between 1998 and 2004.

Personal Interests

Reading, swimming, and with his wife, Eva: gardening, cooking, folk art, classical music, and travel -- and working in the High Voltage Lab.




OSU High Voltage Lab calendars (can be printed and framed):

2009 Calendar
2010 Calendar
2011 Calendar
2012 Calendar
2013 Calendar

Mark J. Scott, February 25, 2013