Born in Bologna, October 21, 1956. Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1981 with honors and ‘Luigi Donati' award. Researcher in 1983, associate professor in 1992, full professor in 2000.
At the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna, courses of Power Stations from 1990 to 2000, Fundamentals of Power Systems from 2001 to 2005; Electrical Power Systems since 2001 to 2015; Electrical Installations and LV Systems since 2016 to date.
Instructor at some Post-Grade (Master) Courses organized by the University of Bologna in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008.
Instructors at several Post-Grade EES-UETP (Electric Energy Systems –University Enterprise Training Partnership) courses. Faculty member of the Post grade course “Génie Electrique” in the years 2001, 2002 and 2003 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPF) of Lausanne.
Head of the Power Systems Laboratory at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of Bologna since 1994.
Main research topics: Dynamics of electric power plants and of power systems, with particular reference to power system restoration after blackouts and to the influence of load modeling on voltage collapse simulations; Electromagnetic transients of power systems, with particular reference to lightning originated ones; Distribution networks operation in presence of small scale generating plants; Fault location in distribution networks; PMUs; Smart Grids; Characterization of innovative batteries for electrical vehicles applications; Waste treatment based on Joule-effect in-situ vitrification.
Author or co-author of over 370 scientific papers published on peer reviewed journals or on proceedings of international conferences, of five book chapters edited by by IEE (two), Kluwer, Rumenian Academy of Science and WIT press respectively, and of a couple of IEEE Standards and some CIGRE technical brochures.
Keynote lecturer at tutorial and various International conferences (SIPDA, ICLP, IHS, ICHQP, PSCC) and at foreign Universities (among which Swiss Federal Institute of Technology- Lausanne, University of Arizona, ‘Bangalore Institute of Science’, University of Sao Paulo, Paris Supelec, Lisbon Polytechnic, University Politenicha of Bucarest, Kyoto Doshisha University, University of Seville, Seoul National University, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Tsinghua University in Beijing).
Responsible of several research projects financed by the Italian Ministry of Research and by the Italian Science Foundation (C.N.R.), and of several research contracts financed by Italian and foreign companies and universities regarding restoration processes after blackouts, lightning interaction with power distribution systems, lightning protection of wind turbines, EMC in power systems, management of distribution networks with high penetration of distributed resources and methods/devices for accomplishing fault location in distribution networks, Phasor Measurement Units, State Estimation of power distribution networks.
Services, functions and recognitions
Services and functions at the University of Bologna:
Responsible for the Logistics (1995-1999) and member of Finance Committee (2002-2006) at the Faculty of Engineering. Member of the Research Observatory in the period 2004-2010. Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Engineering since 2008. Coordinator of the BS and MS programs in Electrical Engineering since 2012.
National services and functions:
member of the Group of Experts in evaluation (GEV) for the Italian national research assessment 2011-2014 (VQR 2011-2014).
International services and functions:
Within CIGRE (International council on large electric systems ): member of several working groups, such as CIGRE WG C4.401 'Lightning' (of which has been convener) from 1997 to 2007; CIGRE WG C4.107 'Power quality indices and objectives'; Joint CIGRE/CIRED WG on 'Protection of distribution networks against lightning'; chairman of CIGRE Study Committee C4 “System Technical Performance” for the period 2006-2012.
Within IEEE: member of Working Groups “Lightning performance of distribution lines” and “Distributed Resources: Modelling and Analysis”, Chairman of the International Steering Committee of the International Conference IEEE PowerTech from 2002 to 2007, Chairman of the Italian PES Chapter from 2002 to 2007, and Chairman of the “IEEE PES Region 8 (Europe, Middle East and Africa)” for the years 2009 and 2010.
Chairman of the ”EES-UETP Program Committee” in the period 2002-2007.
Editor in Chief of of Electric Power Research Journal (EPSR), Elsevier since January 2010 (previously Regional Editor for Europe, Africa and Mid East since January 2005 .
Guest editor of some Special issues published on IEEE Trans. on EMC, J. of Electrostatics ed EPSR journal (Special Issue of the IEEE Trans. on Electromagnetic Compatibility dedicated to ‘Lightning', Vol.40, No.4, November, 1998 - with F. Canavero, M. D'Amore and C. Mazzetti; Special Issue of the Journal of Electrostatics dedicated to best selected papers presented at the International Conference on Lightning Protection, 2002, with V. Cooray and F. Rachidi; Special issue of the Electric Power Systems Research dedicated to the best papers presented at the International Conference on Power Systems Transients, 2003, with A. Ametani and D. Mader ; Special issue of the Electric Power Systems Research dedicated to the best papers presented at the International Conference on Power Systems Transients, 2005, with J. Mahseredjian, S. Pack and L. Prikler.). Lead Guest Editor of the Special issue on Smart Cities, with G. Beits and C. Cassandras, Proceedings of the IEEE, 2018.
Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Engineering Education and of the Journal of International Council of Electrical Engineering (JICEE).
Member of the Energy board of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, from 2007 to 2012.
Prof. Nucci is a Fellow of the IEEE and of CIGRE, of which he is also honorary member, and has received some best paper/technical international awards, including the CIGRE Technical Committee Award.
Prof. Nucci is doctor honoris causa of the University “Politehnica” of Bucharest and Member of the Bologna Science Academy.
Since 2014 he is the IEEE PES representative in the IEEE Smart City Initiative.