Alexandre Piantini was born in Londrina, Brazil, in 1963. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Paraná in 1985 and received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, in 1991 and 1997, respectively.
He joined the University of São Paulo in 1986 as Researcher with the Institute of Electrotechnics and Energy (IEE/USP) and currently teaches postgraduate courses in the areas of lightning transients and high-voltage testing techniques at IEE/USP and at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo. Alexandre Piantini is the head of the Lightning and High Voltage Research Group and has been responsible for several research projects related to lightning and power systems and involving theoretical and experimental developments, supported by power companies. He is author or coauthor of many scientific papers presented at international conferences or published in reviewed journals. His research interests include modeling of lightning phenomena, lightning protection, and power systems electromagnetic transients.
Prof. Piantini is a Senior Member of IEEE and member of the CIGRE WG C4.407 “Lightning Parameters for Engineering Applications” and WG C4.408 “Lightning Protection of Low-voltage Networks,” of which he is also the Convener. He is the Chairman of the International Symposium on Lightning Protection (SIPDA), and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Lightning Research and of the The Open Atmospheric Science Journal.piant