Francesco Profumo was born in Savona, Italy, in 1953. He is now a Professor of electrical machines and drives at Politecnico di Torino. Since September 2003, Dr. Profumo has been the Dean of the Engineering Faculty at the Politecnico di Torino, and since October 2005, he has been the Rector of the Politecnico di Torino. He was a Visiting Professor at the ECE Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) from 1986 to 1988, at the ECE Department of Nagasaki University (Japan) (1996-1997), at the EE Department of Technical University of Prague (Czech Republic) (1999), and at the EE Department of Technical University of Cordoba (Argentina) (2004 and 2005). His fields of interest are power electronics conversion, high-power devices, applications of new power devices, integrated electronic/electromechanical design, high response speed servo drives, new electrical machines structures, and power conditiong systems for fuel cells applications. He published more than 250 papers in international conferences and technical journals. Moreover, he won the IEEE-IAS second prize paper in 1991 (USA) and in 1997 (USA), the IEEE-IAS first prize paper in 1992 (USA), and the JIEE-IPEC first prize paper in 2005 (Japan). He was awarded by the Signum Aureum Facultatis Mechanicae Universitatis Miskolciensis, in 2000, University of Miskolc (Hungary), by the Honorary Professorship, University of Cordoba (Argentina), in 2004, by the Honorary Doctor Degree, Technical University of Riga (Latvia), in 2006, by the Honorary Doctor Degree, Politechnica of Bucarest (Romania), in 2007, by the Honorary Doctor Degree, University of Miskolc (Hungary), in 2007, and by the Honorary Professorship, Jiao Tong University, Xi'an (China), in 2007. He is a Member of the selection Committee of the ENI Awards. He was the Chairman of the G8 University Summit 2009 in Italy (May 2009). He has been a Member of the Academy of Science in Italy (since 2007) and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Italy.
Biography Updated on 17 March 2010