ESSAC - External Standing Scientific Advisory Committee
Francesco Profumo

Francesco Profumo (M’88-SM’90) was born in Savona, Italy, in 1953. He is Professor of Electrical Machines and Drives at Politecnico di Torino and Adjunct Professor at University of Bologna.

He was Visiting Professor at University of Wisconsin – Madison (1986-1989), Nagasaki University (1996-1997), Czech Technical University (1999) and University of Cordoba (2004 and 2005).

He has been appointed as President of CNR (National Research Council) in July 2011 and as Italian Minister of Education, University and Research (MIUR) in November 2011.

Prof. Profumo was the Dean of the Engineering Faculty at the Politecnico di Torino (2003-2005) and the Rector of the Politecnico di Torino (2005-2011).

Prof. Profumo is the Chairman of IREN Group (July 2013 - today).

Prof. Profumo is the Chairman of InWit Company (May 2015 - today).

His scientific 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, power conditioning systems for fuel cells applications, renewable energy, energy security, integration between energy and digital and energy efficiency.

He published more than 250 papers in International Conferences and Technical Journals.

Prof. Profumo 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, July 1, 2000, University of Miskolc (Hungary), by the Honorary Professorship, University of Cordoba (Argentina), August 11, 2004, by the Honorary Doctor Degree, Technical University of Riga (Latvia), October 12, 2006, by the Honorary Doctor Degree, Politechnica of Bucarest (Romania), June 15, 2007, by the Honorary Doctor Degree, University of Miskolc (Hungary), June 26, 2007, by the Honorary Professorship, Jiao Tong University, Xi An (China), September 11, 2007, by the Honorary Professorship, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo (China), September 27, 2009, by the Honorary Doctor Degree, Politechnica of Tirana (Albania), October 1, 2009, by Honorary Professorship, Tongji University, Shanghai (China), June 20, 2012 and by the Honorary Professorship, Luoyang Normal University, Luoyang (China), November 22, 2013.

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Further awards: China Awards by the Italy-China Foundation (2009), Certificate of Appreciation by the Fulbright Commission (2009), Orden Universidad Javeriana by the Javeriana University (Bogotà, Colombia) (2010), Escudo de Oro by the University of Antioquia (Medellin, Colombia) (2010), Lion d'Oro by the Lion International (Torino) (2008), Award Valdo Fusi (Torino) (2011), Award Guido Carli (Rome) (2011) and Award Pericle (Torre di Ruggiero) (2013).

He has been the Chairman of the G8 University Summit 2009, (Torino) (2009) and the Chairman of the Columbus Association (55 European and Latin American Universities) (2006-2011).

He has been Member of the Board of Unicredit Private Bank (2008-2010), of the Board of Il Sole 24 Ore (2007-2009), of the Board of Fidia (2007-2011), of the Board of Telecom (2011), of the Board of Pirelli (2011) and of the General Committee of Unicredit Private Banking (2011).

He is Member of the Advisory Board of Innogest Fund and of the Advisory Board of Reply s.p.a. (2011).

Since November 2011 he was the Chairman of the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) (now is a Member of the Board of the Friends of ESA).

Since December 2013 he is the Chairman of the “Smart Cities Council” of ANCI and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Strategic Plan “Metropolitan Turin 2025”.

He is Member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Rome (AUR) (2014 - today), Member of the Council of the Foundation of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) (2013 - today), Member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation Agnelli (2014 - today), Chairman of the Business School ESCP (2014 - today), Chairman of the Collège des Ingénieurs in Torino (2014 - today) and Chairman of the Foundation Bruno Kessler (FBK) in Trento (2014 - today).

He is Member of the Board of Fidia (2014).

He is Member of the Scientific Committee of the ENI Awards.

He is Member of Academia Europaea - Physics and Engineering Section (2010) and member of the Accademia delle Scienze (2008).

Peter M. Barbosa

In 1991, Peter Barbosa received the Bachelor degree of Sciences in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil. In 1993, he received the MSc degree from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, and in 2002, he received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, USA.

Since 2008, Dr. Peter Barbosa is Head of Product Development for Medium Voltage Drives at Delta Electronics, Taiwan, while from December 2007 to January 2009, he was R&D Project Manager for high efficiency telecom rectifiers.

Dr. Peter Barbosa was previously with ABB Corporate Research, Baden, Switzerland from 2003 to 2007, where he was R&D Manager, Principal Scientist and Coordinator for University projects with ETH Zürich, TU Berlin, EPFL Lausanne, National Polytechnic Institute in Toulouse, and Virginia Tech.

From 1997 to 2003, he was with Virginia Tech, USA, as Technical Coordinator of the Centre for Power Electronics Systems (CPES and also Research Assistantat CPES.

His main professional interests are industrial technology development in areas such multilevel power converters for medium voltage drives and wind converters, transformer-less power conversion for high density medium voltage dc systems, traction power conversion, wide band gap device application, modulation and control of power electronics systems.

He is an IEEE Senior Member, Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and Reviewer of various IEEE Transactions including Power Electronics, Industry Applications, and Industrial Electronics.

Dr. Peter Barbosa has 17 patents awarded, 12 papers published in peer reviewed journals, 50 papers published in international conferences and 7 invited international speeches and tutorials.