Professor Alistair Duffy

Job: Professor of Electromagnetics, Associate Dean of Research and Innovation

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Mechatronics Centre (AMPMC), Centre for Electronic and Communications Engineering (CECE)

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7056




Personal profile

Alistair Duffy is Professor of Electromagnetics, and Associate Dean of Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Technology at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He received the Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an MEng degree from University College, Cardiff, UK, in 1988 and 1989, respectively. After receiving the Master’s degree, he joined the research group of Professors Christopoulos and Benson at Nottingham University. There he worked on experimental validation of numerical modelling and received his PhD in 1993. Dr Duffy completed his professional education in 2004 with an MBA from Open University, UK. He is widely published, with over 200 technical papers and articles, mostly on his research interests of validation of computational electromagnetics; physical layer components, particularly communications cabling, and electromagnetic compatibility testing. 

Dr Duffy has contributed 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 1,000 delegates annually. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on EMC and an Associate Editor of the ACES Journal. Other professional activities include standards body work in the UK (British Standards Institute) and in the IEEE, where he is currently Chair of the EMC Society's Standards Development and Education Committee (SDECom). He is also the Society’s Global EMC Symposium Coordinator. From 2008 to 2009 he served the IEEE EMC Society as a Distinguished Lecturer. In 2015, Dr Duffy was elected to the grade of IEEE Fellow for the development of validation methods in computational electromagnetics.

Dr Duffy was a Series Editor for undergraduate textbooks published by Butterworth-Heinemann (now part of Elsevier) and SciTech Publishing (now part of the IET) on EMC. He has supervised 20 PhD students during his career.

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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