Dr. RICCARDO TASCONE -
Riccardo Tascone was appointed Director of the Institute on Electronics, Information and Telecommunication Engineering of CNR (Istituto di Elettronica e di Ingegneria dell'Informazione e delle Telecomunicazioni - IEIIT) on April fool's Day 2009, date which strikes a light note in an otherwise very serious task. Till that date, he was the leader of the Applied Electromagnetics Group of the same Institute which is located in Torino (headquarters), Genova, Milano, Bologna, Pisa and. Padova. Riccardo Tascone was born in Genoa, Italy in 1955. In 1980 he received the Laurea degree (summa cum laude) in electronic engineering at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. From 1980 to 1982, he worked for CSELT (Centro Studi e Laboratori Telecomunicazioni, Torino), where his research mainly dealt with guided propagation, frequency selective surfaces, passive components and microwave antennas in the framework of several ESA projects. He joined CESPA (Centro Studi Propagazione ed Antenne, Torino) of CNR in 1982, where he worked first as a Researcher and since 1991 as a Director of Research. He has been Head of the Applied Electromagnetics Section of IRITI (Istituto di Ricerca sull'Ingegneria delle Telecomunicazioni e dell'Informazione, Torino) of CNR and since September 2002 of IEIIT. He has held various teaching positions for I, II and III level courses at Politecnico di Torino in the Electromagnetic area. He has been coordinator of several research projects funded by Industries, Research Institutions and Agencies. He is co-author of more than 200 publications and 4 European patents concerning microwave devices and systems. He is representative of the CNR in the Board of Directors of "Guglielmo Marconi" Foundation and Consorzio Milano Ricerche. His research activities are in the area of Applied Electromagnetics and in particular on microwave antennas, dielectric radomes, frequency selective surfaces, radar cross section, waveguide discontinuities, microwave filters, multiplexers, polarizers, ortho-mode transducers, optical passive devices and radiometers for astrophysical observations. He developed several simulation and design tools for microwave passive components. In recent years he has paid particular attention to conjugating the theoretical experiences with the experimental and technological aspects. These efforts have allowed him to answer with greater incisiveness to the more and more severe request coming from industrial areas and the scientific community.