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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
6:00 - 7:30 PM, Central European Time
The EMC Society's Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Program provides speakers on various aspects of electromagnetic compatibility for EMC Society chapter meetings and similar functions. Since we have been unable to schedule lectures at in-person chapter meetings, we are providing an opportunity to learn virtually from our experts on their respective topics of interest.
What is Lightning?
Presentation Title: What is Lightning?

Speaker: Prof. Marcos Rubinstein

Abstract: Lightning is a complex phenomenon composed of numerous physical processes, of which only a few are visible to the naked eye. In this lecture, a historical review of lightning research is given, including an overview of the types of lightning that exist in the terrestrial atmosphere. The main processes in a lightning discharge are also presented and discussed in the lecture, pointing out those that are responsible for interference and damages to electronic equipment, for the initiation of fires, and for injury or death to livestock and human beings.
Prof. Marcos Rubinstein (M’84–SM’11–F’14) received the Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, in 1986 and 1991, respectively. In 1992, he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, where he was involved in the fields of electromagnetic compatibility and lightning location. From 1995 to 2000, he worked as a research engineer, project manager and program manager at Swisscom in the areas of numerical electromagnetics and EMC. In 2001, he moved to the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland HES-SO, Yverdon-les-Bains, where he is currently a full Professor and head of the Advanced Communication Technologies Group. He is the author or coauthor of more than 200 scientific publications in reviewed journals and international conferences. He is also the coauthor of nine book chapters and the co-editor of a book. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Atmospheric Science Journal, and currently serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility.

Prof. Rubinstein received the best Master’s Thesis award from the University of Florida. He received the IEEE Achievement Award and he is a co-recipient of the NASA’s Recognition for Innovative Technological Work award and the ICLP Karl Berger award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and an EMP Fellow, a member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences and of the International Union of Radio Science. Following is summary of his presentation options.
All lectures are presented live and the DLs will be available for live Q&A.