Gianluca Lazzi (S'94–M'95–SM'99–F'08) received the Dr.Eng. degree in electronics from the University of Rome "LaSapienza," Rome, Italy, in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, in 1998. He is currently a USTAR Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Prior to his appointment at the University of Utah, he was a Professor (2006 to 2009), an Associate Professor (2003 to 2006) and an Assistant Professor (1999 to 2003) with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh.
He has been a Visiting Researcher with the Italian National Board for New Technologies, Energy, and Environment (ENEA) (1994), a Visiting Researcher with the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (1994–1995), and a Research Associate (1995–1998) and Research Assistant Professor (1998–1999) with the University of Utah. He has authored or coauthored over 150 international journal papers or conference presentations on implantable devices, medical applications of electromagnetics, antenna design, FDTD modeling, dosimetry, and bioelectromagnetics. Dr. Lazzi was the Chair of Commission K (Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine) of the U.S. National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) (2006-2008). He was the recipient of the 1996 "Curtis Carl Johnson Memorial Award" for the best student paper presented at the18th Annual Technical Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS), a 1996 International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Young Scientist Award, a 2001 Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering Grant for Young Investigators, a 2001 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, a 2003 NCSU Outstanding Teacher Award, the 2003 NCSU Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, the 2003 ALCOA Foundation Engineering Research Award, the 2006 H.A. Wheeler Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for the best application paper published in IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation in 2005, a 2008 best paper award at the IEEE conference "GlobeCom," the 2009 ALCOA Foundation Distinguished Engineering Research Award, a 2009 R&D100 Award, and the 2009 Editor's Choice Award from the R&D Magazine for the Artificial Retina Project. He has been an Associate Editor for the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (2001–2007) and served as a Guest Editor for the Special Issue on Biological Effects and Medical Applications of RF/Microwaves of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques in 2004. In 2009, he was the Technical Program Committee Chair of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium and URSI meeting in Charleston, SC. He is currently a Member-at-Large of USNC-URSI.
Since January 2008, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters.