Marco Pirola received the degree in Electronics Engineering in 1987 and in 1988 started his PhD with the Department of Electronics at the Politecnico di Torino, successfully defending in 1992 a thesis on the physical numerical modelling of RF and microwave FET GaAs devices. In 1992 he became researcher and since 2000 he has been associate professor at the Politecnico di Torino. His research activities concern the electrical modeling and characterization of active and passive devices, circuits, and systems for high frequency applications. He has developed a wide experience in compact modeling of active devices on advanced compound semiconductors for power applications (GaAs and GaN), suited to the design of hybrid and monolithic integrated circuits for microwave and RF, particularly to high-linear and high-efficiency power amplifiers.
Marco Pirola has coauthored more than 150 papers, of which more than 50 on international scientific journals, and chapters on several books. He is coeditor of a book on microwave backhaul and coauthor of a book on microwave fundamentals. He is co-inventor of two patents: the first on a novel integrate matching for electro-optical modulator, and the second on a new low-cost system for the on field inspection of oil pipe.
He is member of the Microwave Electronics Group of the Politecnico di Torino and he is collaborating with several national and international industrial and academic institutions.
In 1992 and 1994 he was a visiting researcher at the Microwave Division of the Hewlett Packard in Santa Rosa, USA, working on diode and MESFET device models.
The teaching activities of Marco Pirola are focused on courses on Electronic Circuit Fundamentals, for the first level degree, and on fundamentals and advanced microwave topics for specialist courses. He has been also involved in lectures for master degree courses on wireless technologies, and in the organization of national and international doctorate schools.
Marco Pirola is member of the review board of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory, and serves as a reviewer for several International Journals in the high frequency field. He is member of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and of the European Microwave Association.