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 Advanced Communication Systems Group.
Professor Rubinstein is the Chairman of the International Project on Electromagnetic Radiation from Lightning to Tall structures IPLT. He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Lightning Protection ICLP and of the International Scientific Committee of the International Symposium on Lightning Protection SIPDA. In addition, Professor Rubinstein was a Co-Chair of the 2008 European Electromagnetics International Symposium held in Lausanne, the leader of Working Group 2 in European COST Action P18 “The Physics of Lightning Flash and its Effects” and the Editor-in-Chief of The Open Atmospheric Science Journal. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on EMC.
Prof. Rubinstein is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific publications in reviewed journals and international conferences. He is also the co-author of six book chapters and he has co-edited a book on Electromagnetic Time Reversal.
Prof. Rubinstein is a Fellow of the IEEE and 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 received the ICLP's Karl Berger Award for for Distinguished Achievements in the Science and Engineering of Lightning Research Developing New Fields in Theory and Practice, Modeling and Measurements. 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.