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Alessandro Stuart Savoia, PhD


Alessandro Stuart Savoia, PhD  
Assistant Professor
Address: via della Vasca Navale,84
00146 Roma - ITALY
Office: Room 12, ground floor
Phone: (+39) 0657337080
Curriculum Vitae 
Personal information
Alessandro Stuart Savoia was born in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK), in 1978. He received the Laurea in Electronics Engineering from Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy, in 2003, by defending a thesis entitled “Design and fabrication of a mechanical scanning system for high-frequency ultrasound imaging” in collaboration with the ophthalmic device company Optikon 2000 S.p.A. In 2003, he successfully passed the professional practice examination and obtained the professional engineering license. He obtained his PhD in Electronics Engineering in 2007 (XIX cycle – “From Nano-Structures to Systems”) from the same University by defending a thesis entitled “Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (CMUTs): new structures”. 
He has held a postdoctoral research position at the Department of Electronics Engineering of the same University since 2007. 
In the years 2008-2010 he participated, as a co-founder and R&D Manager, in an academic spin-off company of Roma Tre University in collaboration with the medical device company Esaote S.p.A., granted by the Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR) [G. U. of the Republic n. 256 of 11/02/2010, Decree n. 112 / Ric.], for the industrial exploitation of the scientific results on MEMS-based ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs), most of them achieved during his PhD and Post-Doctoral research.
In 2014, he became Assistant Professor in Electronics (ING-INF/01) at the Department of Engineering of Roma Tre University.
In 2017, he obtained the National Scientific Qualification (ASN) for Associate Professor in the scientific field 09/E3 “Electronics”.
Research activities
He has conducted research activity in the Acoustoelectronics Laboratory (ACULAB, Department of Engineering of Roma Tre University) mainly in the field of ultrasonic transducers and their applications. During his scientific career, he has focused on analytical and FEM modeling, design, microfabrication and packaging, characterization, electronics and system integration of MEMS-based Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (CMUTs and PMUTs). His research interests also include ultrasound beamforming and imaging techniques for biomedical and biometric applications.
He has authored and co-authored more than 70 papers in international journals and conferences, most of them published in IEEE Transactions and IEEE Conference Proceedings, and 4 book chapters. He holds 4 international patents.
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Editorial Board and Program Committee Membership, and Awards
He is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control since 2017.
He is a Member of the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, Group 5 “Transducers and Transducer Materials” since 2018.
He is a Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Workshop on Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers since 2017.
In 2015, he won the “14th International Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers Workshop - Best Paper Competition” by presenting a paper entitled “Linearization of Full-Scale Transmit Pressure in CMUTs”.
Research Grants and Private Consulting 
He has coordinated, as a scientific responsible for the research activities of ACULAB, the following projects:
• 2012, “Development of a low frequency (30-100 kHz) ultrasonic projector”, sponsored by Microtech Medical Technologies (IL);
• 2012-2014, “Synthetic aperture and phase coherence for ultrasound images” (SAPHARI), European Project (EUROSTARS-EUREKA-H2020), E!6771;
• 2017, “Development of a dual-frequency hybrid piezoelectric-CMUT ultrasonic transducer”, sponsored by University College of Southeast Norway (NO), and General Electric Health Care (GEHC) (FR);
• 2018-2020, “A pilot line for the next generation of smart catheters and implants” (POSITION II), European Project (H2020-ECSEL-JU).
He has carried the following consulting activities, as a scientific advisor in the field of acousto-electronics, for different semiconductor and medical device companies:
• 2008, “Development of pre-amplification and diplexing circuits for the integration of CMUT arrays in multichannel ultrasound imaging systems”, sponsored by Esaote S.p.A. (IT);
• 2011, “Development and testing of a front-end electronics embedded in a CMUT probe”, sponsored by Maxim Integrated Products (USA);
• 2012, “Development of a 192-elements linear CMUT probe”, sponsored by General Electric Health Care (GEHC) (FR).
• 2013, “Finite element modeling of a wireless implantable monitoring system”, sponsored by Microtech Medical Technologies (IL).
He has participated in the European and National Research Programs listed below.
European projects:
• FP5-EUREKA, “Ultrasound Probes Exploiting Microstructures for Medical Echography and Non-Destructive Testing Applications” (UMIC), E!2145 (1999-2004);
• FP6, “Micromachined ultrasound transducers for wide range applications in medical imaging and non - destructive testing” (MUSTWIN), NMP-CT-2003-505630 (2004-2007);
• FP7-ENIAC-JU, “Devices for Neurocontrol and Neurorehabilitation (DENECOR)”, ID. SP1-JTI-ENIAC-2012-3 (2013-2016).
National projects:
• FIRB 2001 “Microtecnologie per la telepresenza immersiva virtuale”, RBNE01PMZA-006 (2002-2004);
• PRIN 2007, “Sonda ad ultrasuoni su silicio per applicazioni di ecografia diagnostica avanzata”, prot. 2007KBK3C8 (2008-2009);
• PRIN 2010-11, “Piattaforma di ricerca basata su sonde in tecnologia CMUT per l'avanzamento della ultrasonografia medica attraverso lo sviluppo di nuove strategie di formazione delle immagini e di elaborazione dei segnali”, prot. 201053AK3S (2013-2016);
Teaching activities
He has lectured in “Electronics I” and “Sensors and Transducers” since 2004. In the academic years 2014/2015, 2015/2016, and 2016/2017, he has taught the course “Embedded Electronics” of the Master of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering (LM29). 
He has supervised and co-supervised several Master of Science and PhD theses. In the framework of the PhD joint supervision program between Aix-Marseille University (France), and Roma Tre University (Italy), he supervises the doctoral research activity at the Department of Engineering.
He is a member of the teaching committee of the PhD program in Applied Electronics of Roma Tre University.
In 2014, he was invited, as a leading expert in the field of CMUTs, to give a doctoral lecture at the Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers Summer School, which took place at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). 
He has participated, as an expert member in the field of micromachined transducers, in international PhD committees in different European Universities listed below:
• 2014, “Réalisation et caractérisation de CMUT basse température pour applications d'imagerie médicale”, Université Francois Rabelais (Tours, FR);
• 2014, “Micromachined Integrated Transducers for Ultrasound Imaging”, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) (Lyngby, DK);
• 2015, “Conception et évaluation d’une sonde CMUT mixte dédiée à la thérapie ciblée à guidage ultrasonore”, Université Francois Rabelais (Tours, FR);
• 2016, “2D sparse array optimization and operating strategy for real-time 3D ultrasound imaging”, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (Lyon, FR) and Università degli Studi di Firenze (Firenze, IT);
• 2017, “Development of optoacoustic-ultrasonic instrumentation for functional imaging with integration of CMUT transducers”, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (Lyon, FR);
• 2017, “Novel ultrasound imaging techniques”, Università degli Studi di Firenze (Firenze, IT).
• 2017, “Élaboration de couches minces atténuantes en silicium poreux: application aux transducteurs ultrasonores capacitifs micro-usinés”, Université Francois Rabelais (Tours, FR).  
Journal Referee and Scientific Society Membership
He is reviewer for several international journals such as “IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control”, “IEEE Transaction on Medical Imaging”, “IEEE Sensors Journal”, “IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems”, “Journal of the Acoustical Society of America”, “ELSEVIER Sensors and Actuators”, “IOP Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering”.
He is a member of the IEEE since 2004.
He is associate member of the Istituto di Microelettronica e Microsistemi (IMM) since 2014.