Pierluigi has three threads running through his life - Learning, Exploring and Teaching. It was during one of his learning phases, while pursuing his PhD in Power Electronics, that he found an intrinsic fundamental limit of operation for a class of static switching power converters. This discovery was subsequently confirmed by different international researchers who pursued further explorations of such converters and got Pierluigi to join WEMPEC, University of Wisconsin Madison, as Post-doctoral Researcher with Prof. Thomas A. Lipo, a world authority in the design and analysis of electric machines and power electronics drives.
Broadening his horizons
During his research into converter topologies for HVDC transmission, he explored designing new measurement systems of semiconductor switches. He learned that such measurement systems could not afford to misbehave in any form or lose any event, and designed one which could accurately characterize high-voltage high-current rugged IGBT semiconductor switches, also in the field.
Pierluigi continues to use his learning-exploring-teaching approach nd is applying it to the high-power electrical technologies used in energy generation, conversion and utilization. However, his horizons have broadened considerably, “Electrical technologies are just a part of much broader system considerations as I’m now dealing with research on many non-electrical aspects too. This is very beautiful in terms of learning and exploring.”
A Look Towards The Future
He is a proponent of innovation enabled by advancement in material sciences of any kind, noting “Materials are everything. Innovative ideas are essential, but ideas can be realized only when proper materials allow concepts to be expressed in the physical realm.” He looks forward to exploring what emerging materials will enable in the decades to come... not just in the electrical sector, but across disciplines. He’s also anticipating the possibilities brought by data analytics on complex systems using these new materials, that computational technologies now allow.