Francesco Prudenzano was born in Manduria, Taranto, Italy, in 1964 and graduated in electronic engineering from the University of Bari, Bari, Italy, in April 1990. Since then, he joined the Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica ed Elettronica of Politecnico di Bari, Bari, Italy, taking in November 1996 the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering curriculum electromagnetism and holding the position of Researcher in 2001. Since 2003, he works as an Associate Professor in electromagnetic fields at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria per l'Ambiente e per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile of Politecnico di Bari. Since 1998, he is responsible of the Laboratories of Integrated Optics and Technology of Politecnico di Bari. Since 2006, he is Coordinator of the Teacher Council of the Information Engineering of II Facoltà di Ingegneria of Politecnico di Bari. His research activity regards the theoretical and experimental characterization of integrated optical devices on lithium niobate; the fabrication of waveguides via ion-exchange technique; the modeling of nonlinear optics devices, photonic crystal fibers, and planar photonic band gap devices; design and fabrication of lasers and optical amplifiers, in both photonic crystal fibers (PCF) and planar optics, for near (NIR) and medium infrared (MID-IR) wavelength application; modeling of innovative optical materials and devices activated by rare earth doping; design, fabrication, and characterization of optical devices for environmental monitoring and biomedicine application in fiber and planar optics. Since 1992, Professor Prudenzano is included as researcher in a number of research projects funded by Research Italian Ministry, Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica. Moreover, he was responsible of cooperations with a number of industries in the area of electromagnetism and optic. During his research activity on novel rare earth doped glass and/or devices, he was responsible of cooperations with research institutions as Department of Materials, University of Leeds; Centro Laser di Valenzano (Bari); Centro Studi Chimica Plasmi (Bari); INFM (Lecce), CNR-FSA (Trento); University of Rennes (France); l'Institut de Recherche en Ingénierie, Moléculaire et Matériaux Fonctionnels, UMR CNRS, Le Mans (France); Laboratoire de Physique de l'Université de Bourgogne (France); Chemistry Institute of Universidade Paulista, Araraquara, São Paulo, Brazil; Physics Department, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran. He was scientifically responsible of the research unit of Politecnico di Bari for the project PRIN 2004, having the title Guidelines for Fabrication of High Transparency Glass Ceramics Activated for Photonic Application: Models for Characterization, Active Optical Device Feasibility, and he was National Coordinator of the Italian-French project Galileo 2007 UIF with the title Model and Fabrication of Novel Optical Devices for High Performance Communication Systems. Moreover, he was responsible of the Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica ed Elettronica, Politecnico of Bari, research activity pertaining to the projects PON 2000/2006 on “novel strategies of environmental monitoring and reclamation,” FISR 2003 on “a temperature sensor for high speed train locomotive pantograph,” and FIB-LAS-2004.07 “on the design and a fabrication of high brilliance double-clad fiber optic laser.” Prudenzano is a Member of SIEm, Società Italiana di Elettromagnetismo, the Federazione Italiana di Elettrotecnica, Elettronica, Automazione, Informatica e Telecomunicazioni (AEIT), Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT), and the Italian Society of Optics and Photonics-Italian Branch of European Optical Society (SIOF-EOS). He is Project Leader of the work group P.3.3 Photonic crystal fibres European COST ACTION MP0702 “Towards functional sub-wavelength photonic structure.” He has coauthored over 270 publications, 160 of which published on journals and international conferences, lectures, and invited papers. He is involved in several national and international research projects and cooperations.
Biography Updated on 31 March 2011