Farhad Rachidi received the Ph.D. degree from EPFL in 1991. He worked at the Power Systems Laboratory of the same institute until 1996. In 1997, he joined the Lightning Research Laboratory of the University of Toronto in Canada and from April 1998 until September 1999, he was with Montena EMC in Switzerland. He is currently the head of the EMC Laboratory at EPFL.
Farhad Rachidi was the Chairman of the 2008 European Electromagnetics International Symposium. From June 2008, he serves as the President of the International Conference on Lightning Protection (ICLP). He is the Vice-Chair of the European COST Action P18 'The Physics of Lightning Flash and its Effects', Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Lightning Research, Co-Editor of the Open Atmospheric Science Journal.
He was the recipient of the 2005 IEEE Technical Achievement Award, 2005 Technical Committee Award of the CIGRE (International Council on Large Electric Systems) and the 2006 Blondel Medal.
He is the author or coauthor of over 300 scientific papers published in reviewed journals and presented at international conferences.
The research objective of our lab focuses on three main directions: (1) Modeling of lightning discharge and its electromagnetic effects, (2) EMC in electrical power networks, and (3) EMC problems in complex systems, in particular in transportation and space.
Our Research is essentially sponsored by various programs of Swiss National Science Foundation, European Community, Swiss Electrical Utilities, European Space Agency as well as by private companies.
We collaborate with many international research centers and universities among which Universities of Bologna and Rome (Italy), University of Toronto (Canada), University of Florida (USA), Uppsala University and KTH (Sweden), Radio Research and Development Institute (Russia), etc.
Illustration: in a new project in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland and the University of Bologna, the Säntis telecommunication tower in the Saint Gallen region of Switzerland was instrumented to measure lightning currents. An analysis of the lightning location system data over the past 10 years has revealed that this tower is struck by lightning more often than any other tower in Switzerland. The new measuring station is operational since June 2010 and about 50 lightning flashes were successfully recorded during the second semester of 2010.