Short bio

Prof. Marcos Rubinstein received the Bachelor's degree in electronics from Simon Bolivar University, Caracas, Venezuela in 1982, and the Master's and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1986 and 1991. In 1992 he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, where he was active in the fields of electromagnetic compatibility and lightning in close cooperation with the former Swiss PTT (Post, Telegram, Telegraph). In 1995, he took a position at Swisscom, where he was involved in numerical electromagnetics and EMC in telecommunications and where he led a number of coordinated projects covering the fields of EMC and biological effects of electromagnetic radiation. In 2001, he accepted a professorship at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, Yverdon-les-bains (HEIG-VD), where he is currently a professor in telecommunications, a member of the Institute for Information and Communication Technologies (IICT) team and the head of the Applied Electromagnetics Group.

Professor Rubinstein is the Chairman of the International Project on Electromagnetic Radiation from Lightning to Tall structures IPLT. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the The Open Atmospheric Science Journal, a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Lightning Protection ICLP, and a member of the International Scientific Committee of International Symposium on Lightning Protection SIPDA. In addition, Professor Rubinstein was a Co-Chair of the 2008 European Electromagnetics International Symposium held in Lausanne and the leader of Working Group 2 in European COST Action P18 “The Physics of Lightning Flash and its Effects”.

He is the author or co-author of over 170 scientific publications in reviewed journals and international conferences. He is also the co-author of six book chapters.

Prof. Rubinstein is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is the recipient of the best Master's Thesis award from the University of Florida, he received the IEEE achievement award for outstanding contributions to the modeling of lightning discharge and its electromagnetic effects, and he is a co-recipient of NASA's recognition for innovative technological work. He is a Fellow of the Summa Foundation, an honorary professor of the University of el Valle in Colombia, the Swiss representative of Commission C of the International Union of Radio Science and a member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences.