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Dr Alistair Duffy

Job: Professor of Electromagnetics & Head of Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Technology

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Centre for Electronic and Communications Engineering & The Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Mechatronics

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH UK

T: +44 (0)116 257 7056




Personal profile

Dr Alistair Duffy is Reader in Electromagnetics.  He received his BEng(Hons) and MEng degrees in 1988 and 1989 respectively from University College, Cardiff, University of Wales. He read for his PhD with professors Christopoulos and Benson at Nottingham University, graduating in 1993.  He also holds an MBA from the Open University, UK, graduating in 2004.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET, formerly the IEE) and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

He is widely published, mostly on his research interests of validation of computational electromagnetics; physical layer components, particularly communications cabling, and electromagnetic compatibility testing.  These are the three areas on which he lectured as an IEEE EMC Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2008 and 2009, having the privilege to talk to colleagues in Poland, Turkey, Croatia, Romania, Italy, Spain and, of course, the UK.  He is currently a member of the IEEE EMC Society’s Respected Speakers Bureau.

Alistair’s professional service has seen him contribute to many successful conferences through refereeing functions or organising committee responsibilities.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Wire and Cable Symposium, which attracts approximately 1000 delegates annually.  Publication commitments also see him as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on EMC and as Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions of the IWCS, as well as Editor-in-Chief of the ACES Newsletter.  Other professional activities include standards body work in the UK (British Standards Institute) and in the IEEE.  He is also currently a Board member of the IEEE EMC Society.

Alistair was Series Editor for a series of undergraduate textbooks published by Butterworth-Heinemann (now part of Elsevier).

He has served in many committee roles in the IET (formally IEE) including Council, International Board and Chair of the Electromagnetics Professional Network.

He is Course Leader for MSc Electronic Engineering and lectures on electronics and communication subjects, particularly electromagnetics and EMC.

Research group affiliations

Centre for Electronic and Communications Engineering (CECE)

Cyber Security Centre (CSC)

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

  • Validation of computational electromagnetics. The Feature Selective Valdiation (FSV) method is a product of this research.
  • Communications systems physical layer, particularly communications cabling and antennas.
  • Computational electromagnetics.
  • Electromagnetic measurements, particularly involving the reverberation chamber.
  • Technology strategy, particularly forecasting. 

Courses taught

ENGD2009 Electromagnetics
ENGT5254 Electromagnetic Compatibility
ENGD3011 Electronic and mechanical systems
ENGD2021 Product Introduction and Project Management 

Honours and awards

Honorary member of the Romanian EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Society

Membership of external committees

IEEE EMC Society Board of Directors
IEEE EMC Society Standards Education and Training Committee (Chair)
IWCS Board of Directors
BSi TCT7/-/1 member

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow of the IET
Senior Member of the IEEE

Professional licences and certificates

Chartered Engineer

Consultancy work

Data comparison and validation
Structured cabling
EMC testing

Current research students

Currently first supervisor to:

Ahmed Aldabbagh
Hassan fadel
Sabir Hussain
Riyadh Mansoor

Second Supervisor to:

Haitham Adarbah
Clive Collins
Bernd Lehmanski
Mohamed Maricar
Andrew Nicholson

Professional esteem indicators

Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on EMC
Editor in Chief for the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Newsletter
Series Editor for the IET/SciTech Publishing Series on EMC


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