Massimo Pompili, born in Roma on September 16th 1956, graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Roma "La Sapienza" (1981). In the period 1982-1985 he started working in the Department of Electrical Engineering where he set up the new Laboratory of Electrical Technologies comprising also a HV partial discharge (PD) system; at the same time he also worked for the scientific improvement of the Laboratory for High Voltage.

Following the PhD courses, from 1985 to 1987, he had the opportunity to complete his scientific background through specific stages at important Italian and international research Institutions such as the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) – Washington D.C., U.S.A., the Polytechnic of Warsaw (Poland), IREQ (Varennes, Canada), Keio University (Japan), ABB Research (Milan, Italy) and the Experiment Institute on the Aluminum (Novara, Italy). In 1987 he received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering (Electrical Installations).

In 1989 Massimo Pompili joined the University of Roma “La Sapienza” as Research. In 2003, he became Associate Professor (Sector ING-IND/33) in the same University, where since the academic year (a.y.) 1993/94 (up-to-now) he has been Professor of "Components and Electrical Technologies”, a degree course in Electrical Engineering. Starting from the a.y. 2003/04 (up-to-now) he has been also Professor of "Electrical Installations" a degree course for the students in Civil Engineering.

The scientific production of Massimo Pompili is quite large and well-known also at international level. He is Author or Co-Author of about 100 papers, published in the permanent literature or presented at national or international Conferences. 

Since 1990, Massimo Pompili has been Member of Technical Committee 10, TC10 (Fluids for Electrotechnical Applications) of Italian CEI and in 1997 he was appointed as Chairman of the same Committee, position reconfirmed for the following years up-to-now. In this capacity, he organized several Conferences on the topics related to the insulation systems and diagnostics. In this frame, a special mention should be given at the Conference on “Corrosive Sulfur in Insulating Oils: Recent Failures in Transformers and Available Countermeasures”, held in several editions in Italy and others countries.

Research activities carried out by Massimo Pompili - jointly with Industries (such as SEA MARCONI Technology), National and International Utilities, the McGill University, Canada and the Missouri-Rolla University, USA in the field of problems (arising from catastrophic failure in HV transformers and shunt reactors) due to corrosive sulfur in insulating mineral oils are recognized of worldwide importance.

Another most distinctive contribution of Massimo Pompili may be identified in the experimental study on the correlation between breakdown and partial discharge and findings on partial discharges in dielectric liquids. The Pompili’s researches and findings on this subject have been considered of interest to produce the revision of the IEC TR61294 (scheduled time: 2012-2014) and for the preparation of a new ASTM Standard (2013-2014).

Since 1998 (up-to-day) Massimo Pompili has been appointed “Secretary” of TC 10 of IEC “Fluids for Electrotechnical Applications”, giving a great impulse to experimental and research activities (in cooperation with CIGRE SC-D1 and SC-A2) of different Working Groups of the Committee TC10.

Since 2012 (up-to-day) he is also the Secretary of the CENELEC TC 10 “Fluids for Electrotechnical Applications”.

Within the TC10 of IEC, Massimo Pompili is also Convenor of two important Maintenance Teams (MT26 and MT30). In particular, MT26 covers international standards related to the proprieties and the maintenance of HV components insulated with SF6 and MT30 is responsible for IEC Standards related to the electrical test for the insulating mineral fluids. These activities were and are carried out jointly with SC-D1 of CIGRE. In fact, Massimo Pompili is also involved in activities related with SF6, with particular regards to the use of its mixture (in the HV components) and the reduction of its loss with the aim of a reduction of the environmental impact (being SF6 a greenhouse gas).

Massimo Pompili also gave his contribution to the organization of several national and international conferences such as the periodical conference of ICDL (International Conference on Conduction and Breakdown in Dielectric Liquids) sponsored by IEEE (Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Society) from the year 1996 up-to-now.

Since 2009 Massimo Pompili has been cooperating with the Brazilian TERNA PARTECIPACOES and TERNA SERVICOS (presently TASEA) as Scientific Coordinator of a 3-year project aimed at finding solutions to problems created by the presence of sulfur corrosive in large HV (500 kV) shunt reactors and power transformers. On this topic he also co-organized three Conferences in Rio de Janeiro in which many Latin American Experts were present.

Since 2009 Massimo Pompili has been participating in the activities of ASTM-D27 and he is also member of the Working Group for the setting up of a Standard on the determination of partial discharges and/or partial discharge inception voltages in insulating oils. Starting since 2012 he also is the Convenor of the IEC Working Group which is preparing an International Standard concerning the same subject.

Massimo Pompili is Associate-Editor of the prestigious American journal “IEEE Transaction on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation” and he has been “Guest Editor” of the special issues “Dielectric Liquids” (Vol. 5, N. 3, 1998), “Partial Discharges” (Vol. 15, N. 6, 2008), “Dielectric Liquids” (Vol. 16, N. 3, 2009), “Liquid Dielectrics” (Vol. 19, N. 5, 2012) and “Liquid Dielectrics” (Vol. 22, N. 5, 2015) of the same journal of IEEE. Prof. Pompili is also referee for the more prestigious Transactions of IEEE (Transaction on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation”, “Transaction on Power Electrical Systems”, “Transaction on Power Delivery”, etc).

Massimo Pompili was selected for a new 2017 Special Issue of the IEEE Transaction on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation on Partial Discharges.

In 2007 he received the “Giorgi’s Prize” for his “effort in promoting the growth, the development and the promotion of the electrical standards in the world”.

In 2008 he was honored with the “IEEE Hans Tropper Memorial Lecture”, presenting the paper “Partial Discharge Measurements in Dielectric Liquids” at the IEEE ICDL (Poitiers, France).

Massimo Pompili is and has been “Scientist in charge” of research projects of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rome financed either by Italian Governmental Organizations or by renowned worldwide Companies. He also was and/or is, among others, “Scientist in Charge” of the following main recent research projects:

- “The Impact of the European Directive REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals)” on material and additives used in the electrical insulation of HV equipment”, carried out with an important TSO;

- “Implementation of Diagnostic Systems for OF HV cables”, carried out with an important international TSO. This project could have important financial and technical advantages;

- “Risk Evaluation of faults of HV Large Transformers”, carried out with an important international TSO. This project could have very important advantages, also for safety and security reasons; 

- “HV Transmission Overhead Lines: Reduction of Joule Losses and the greenhouse gases production carried out with an important international TSO;

- “Technological Innovation for a Sustainable Mobility” carried out with an important Italian Company (PIAGGIO) and supported by the Italian Minister for the Economic Development.

Since 2008, Massimo Pompili is also Member of the Commission for the International training (COFINT) at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

Since 2009 he is Member of PEN (PCB Elimination Network) promoted worldwide by UNEP and Since 2012, Prof. Pompili is the Italian Representative for CIGRE SC-D1 (Materials and Emergeting Tests).