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Guido Ala was born in 1964. On July 14, 1989 he earned the “Laurea” degree (Master's degree) in Electrical Engineering (cum laude and with honors) from the University of Palermo, Italy. In 1989 he won an award from the National Telecommunications Corporation (now TIM S.p.A.) and a prize from a local Public Administration, for the research on grounding systems simulation reported in his Master's dissertation. In 1994 he earned the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (Electrical Sciences) from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).

From 1992 to 1996 he was a teacher (permanent staff) at the Italian technical high schools. In 1997 he worked as an energy engineer in the Municipal Gas Company in Palermo. Then he joined the “Dipartimento di Energia, Ingegneria dell’Informazione e modelli Matematici” – DEIM, of the University of Palermo, where he was appointed as an university researcher from 1997 to 2004.

From Jan 1, 2005 to Dec 29, 2020 he was professore associato at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria.

On April 7, 2017 he attains the National Scientific Qualification for the role of full Professor in Electrical Engineering - SC 09/E1, SSD ING-IND/31.

Since Dec 30, 2020 he is professore ordinario at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria.

He is currently the chief scientific officer of the research unti of Palermo of the national ElecTrical Engineering group (ET).

Since 1999 he has been teaching Fundamental of Circuit Theory, Fundamental of Electrical Engineering, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Numerical Modelling in Electrical Engineering, for many students in several undergraduate and graduate courses (i.e., Electronic Engineering, Information Technology Engineering, Information Technology&Telecommunication Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering), and also for PhD students.

He is currently the coordinator of the master's degree course in Electrical Engineering at the University of Palermo (from 9/12/2019 to 31/10/2022).

From 2008 to 2011 he was the director of the undergraduate course in Electrical Engineering at the University of Palermo.

He has been the tutor of 10 PhD students and 2 postdoctoral MIUR fellows, the mentor of several master degree thesis, the mentor of many students in internships in various industrial companies. Member of several PhD and postdoctoral committees at various italian University.

He is a member of the national committee of Consiglio Universitario Nazionale - CUN” for the evaluation of associate professors activity in 2014.He is a member of the national committee of “Consiglio Universitario Nazionale - CUN” for the evaluation of university researchers activity in 2014-2015.

He has been the principal local investigator of the national (MIUR-PRIN 2008-2011) research project on "Diagnostica per sistemi di trasporto di massa innovativi - Misure di scariche parziali nei convertitori elettronici degli azionamenti elettrici per trazione" (Innovative electrical transportation system diagnostics - Partial discharge detection in electronic converters for automotive electrical motor drives).

He has been the principal local investigator of the national research project (Agricultural Research Center, CRA 2009-2014) on "Realizzazione di protocolli di propagazione di piante ornamentali in ambiente mediterraneo mediante l'utilizzo di campi magnetici stazionari o a bassa frequenza (ELF-MFS)" (Implementation of propagation protocols concerning ornamental Mediterranean plants by using static/ELF magnetic fields).

In 2004, he is local scientific co-responsible of the “Progetto Operativo Nazionale – PON on "Research, higher education and technological development", Priority II - Society of Information and Communication Technology for the Southern Scientific System.

Since 2001, he has been the principal investigator of 8 research projects funded by the University of Palermo.

He was the scientist in charge of the engineering section of the research unit of Palermo (coordinated by prof. G. Caruso medical doctor) of the national research project (MIUR-PRIN 2012, in medical area) on “New discoveries in searching for a cure for HCC. Implications for multidisciplinary treatment”, in ERC LS field line C, coordinated by prof. Dionigi from the University of Pavia. The project has been positively scored (score greater than 12/15 - Annex 1, MIUR Decree of 10.18.2013).

He currently holds numerous managing responsibilities at the University of Palermo. Since 2012, he has been the director of the DEIM laboratory for Modelling and Electromagnetic Simulation - MOSEMSince 2012, he has been the chief of the Palermo research unit of the “Gruppo nazionale di coordinamento di Elettrotecnica” (National coordinating group of electrical engineering).

Since 2012, he has been the chief of the Palermo research unit of the ”Centro Interuniversitario nazionale per lo studio dell Interazioni tra Campi Elettromagnetici e Biosistemi” - ICEmB” (Italian inter-university Center for EM fields and Biosystems interactions).

His main research interests are in the fields of computational electromagnetics (including MoM, FDTD, application of wavelets, mesh-free innovative numerical approaches), electromagnetic transient analysis, lightning, electromagnetic compatibility, partial discharge detection, biomedical engineering (including magnetoencephalography and electroencephalography innovative modelling, and electromagnetic fields effect on humans), electrical analogies in materials viscoelasticity behaviour.

He has authored more than 40 papers in peer reviewed international scientific journals and more than 90 scientific papers published in peer reviewed international volumes, in proceedings and abstract of international conferences, in proceedings of national conferences.

During the ICRERA 2015 - 4th International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications, he received the Award for the Best Poster for the paper entitled: “Physiological compatibility of wireless chargers for electric bicycles” (DOI: 10.1109/ICRERA.2015.7418629).

He serves as a reviewer for several peer reviewed prestigious international scientific journals: IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility; IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications; International Journal of Numerical Modelling: Electronic Networks, Devices and Fields; IET on Science, Measurement & Technology; Progress in Electromagnetics Research, ACES Journal, Recent Patents on Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Physics Letters A, Applied Mathematics and Computations, International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, Computational Materials Science, Numerical Heat Transfer, Cogent Physics, Photonics. He was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Recent Patents on Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

In 2013, he has been among the (ten) Distinguished Reviewers of the IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility. IEEE Senior Member (from may 2016).

He is Associate Editor of the international scientific journal: International Journal of Numerical Modelling: Electronic Networks, Devices and Fields- Wiley. For the same Journal he is Guest Editor in 2017 of a Special Issue on Advances in ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) numerical modeling.

He is Editor of the international scientific journal: Mathematical Problems in Engineering - Hindawi.

He has membership in various international conferences’ boards: IEEE EEEIC Milano 2017, IEEE EEEIC Firenze 2016, IEEE EEEIC Roma 2015, IEEE CEFC 2006.

He was session co-chair of the IEEE 2000 International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (session 1D-EMC in printed circuit boards and integrated circuits I).

He is session chair: IEEE EEEIC Firenze 2016 (invited session: Wireless Charging of Electrical Vehicles); IEEE EEEIC Roma 2015 (invited session: Grounding and EMC).

He is responsible of the Technical Committe "EMC - Applications and numerical modeling: Lightning, Grounding, EMI filter design", for IEEE EEEIC Milano 2017.

He is member of the Advisory Committee in 19th IEEE Mediterranean Electrothecnical Conference, May 2-7, 2018, Marrakesh, Marocco.

He is Local co-Chair in 18th IEEE International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering (IEEE EEEIC18) e  2nd IEEE Industrial and Commercial Power System Conference EUrope (I&CPS Europe), June 12-15, 2018, Palermo, Italia.

He is General co-Chair in 4th IEEE International Forum on research and Technologies for Society and Industry (IEEE RTSI 2018), September 10-13, 2018, Palermo, Italia.

He is General co-Chair in 20th IEEE Mediterranean Electrothecnical Conference (IEEE MELECON 2020), June 16-18, 2020, Palermo, Italia.

During the 3rd International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility - EMC'98 ROMA, which was held in Roma (Italy) on September, 1998, he was selected from the U.R.S.I. Commissions for a Young Scientist Award.

Since 2014 he has been a member of the CIGRE C4 Working Group on FDTD simulations.

He is a reviewer of research projects for Italian MIUR.

He was selected in 2008, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020 from South Africa National Research Foundation (NRF) as a member of the Research Evaluation Committee.

He is a member of the CEI-81 Italian Electrotechnical Committee on Lightning Discharge, and of the CEI-106 Italian Electrotechnical Committee on Human Exposure to EM fields.

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