EMC Personality Profile
Introducing Giulio Antonini
Some time ago I talked with Bruce Archambeault about the Personality Profile column. Bruce told me that he liked the idea of profiling young engineers. Personally, I believe that this column should do both: pay tribute to well established colleagues and direct the attention of the EMC community to young, active and valuable engineers. Following this idea, the person introduced in this issue is Giulio Antonini.
     Giulio studied Electrical Engineering at the University of L’Aquila where he received his Laurea degree (summa cum laude) in 1994. In 1995, he moved to Rome to continue his studies toward the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” which he received in 1998. Since September 1998, he has been with the UAq EMC Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of L’Aquila, first as a Researcher and, since 2005, as an Associate Professor. Actually, he is an active member of the UAq EMC Laboratory, led by his colleague and friend Prof. Antonio Orlandi, at the same University.
Giulio Antonini

     Professor Antonini focused his research activity on computational electromagnetic modeling for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and signal integrity (SI) analysis. As a Ph.D. student he started his scientific work by developing equivalent circuits to solve Maxwell’s equations for EMC problems, using both differential as well as integral methods. Electrical circuits are usually better accepted in industry than electromagnetic fields. Hence, his focus was on developing methodologies and techniques which could fill the gap between Maxwell’s equations and simplified circuits neglecting all those electromagnetic aspects which are crucial for EMC and SI analysis. While attending the EMC conference in Austin, in 1997, he first met Dr. Albert Ruehli, the father of the Modified Nodal Analysis (MNA) and the Partial Element Equivalent Circuit (PEEC) method. That meeting was very important for his professional life. In fact, in 1998, he obtained a Summer-student ­position at the T. J. Watson IBM Research Center in Yorktown where Dr. Ruehli was involved in interconnect modeling and had the possibility to work side by side with him. Since then, intense research collaboration and a lasting friendship started. The research work with Dr. Ruehli on PEEC modeling led to many papers providing significant contributions in non-orthogonal PEEC modeling, fast-multipole acceleration techniques both in time and frequency domains, dispersive and lossy dielectric PEEC models, as well as waveform relaxation schemes. Dr. Ruehli was recognized by the IEEE EMC Society in 2005 with the Richard R. Stoddart Award “for innovative contributions to computational electromagnetic on the Partial Element Equivalent Circuit (PEEC) technique for EMC applications.”
     Professor Antonini’s research activity also focuses on transmission line modeling. He first developed a closed form rational model for half-T ladder networks and, more recently, he gave a contribution to analytically compute the dyadic Green’s function of multiconductor transmission lines. Both methods have been found to be well suited to generate time-domain macromodels to be incorporated within nonlinear circuit simulators.
     Professor Antonini has authored or co-authored more than 200 technical papers and two book chapters; he has given keynote lectures and chaired several special sessions at international conferences. He has been a member of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society for 14 years.
     Professor Antonini is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility Best Paper Award in 1997, the CST University Publication Award in 2004, the IBM Shared University Research Award in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and the IET 2007 best paper award for his contribution to interconnect tree modeling. He holds one European Patent. Professor Antonini is vice-chairman of the IEEE EMC Italy Chapter; he is member of the Technical Committee on Computational Electromagnetics (TC-9) and vice-chairman of the Technical Committee on Signal Integrity (TC-10) of the IEEE EMC Society. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the IET-SMT journal and tutorial papers editor of the ACES Newsletter. He serves as a reviewer in a number of international journals and conferences.
Giulio’s girlfriend Francesca

     He teaches Electromagnetic Compatibility and Basic Electrical Engineering at the University of L’Aquila. He believes that the most important achievement and, at the same time the biggest responsibility, in being a Professor at the University is to contribute to the scientific and human growth of young people.
     On the personal side, Giulio has been engaged to Francesca since 2005, although they first met when they were children. They like cooking together; their preferred and best course is “penne alla sorrentina” but they continue to experiment with new ones.
     Giulio fills his leisure time with reading, watching movies and listening to music. Depending upon the time of the day when he listens to music, he prefers rock or classical music: rock (Pearl Jam, Metallica, and Creed) in the morning when commuting to L’Aquila and it is needed to charge up or classical music (especially Mozart) in the evening, at home, to relax. EMC

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