Alessandro Ferrero was born in Milan, Italy, in 1954. He received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1978. From 1980 to 1983 he worked as an R&D engineer with Daco Systems (an Italian division of Landys & Gyr). In 1983, he joined the Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica, Politecnico di Milano, as an Assistant Professor of electrical measurements. From 1987 to 1991, he was with the University of Catania, Catania, Italy, as an Associate Professor of measurements on electrical machines and systems. From 1991 to 1994, he was with the Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica, Politecnico di Milano, as an Associate Professor of electrical measurements. He is presently a Full Professor of electrical and electronic measurements at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria at Politecnico di Milano.
His current research interests include new mathematical approaches to uncertainty evaluation based on the theory of evidence, the application of digital signal processing based methods to electrical measurements and measurements on electric power systems under non-sinusoidal conditions. In this last field he has contributed to the definition of non-active power components under non-sinusoidal conditions and the development of measurement methods to identify the sources injecting periodic disturbances.
Prof. Ferrero is a member of the Italian Association of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Italian Association for Industrial Automation and the Italian Association for Electrical and Electronic Measurements (GMEE). He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He has chaired the Italian Association for Electrical and Electronic Measurements for the three-year term 2004–2007 and he has been the President of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurements Society for the 2008 – 2009 term. He is the recipient of the 2006 Joseph F. Keithley IEEE Field Award for Instrumentation and Measurement. Since 2011 he has been Foreign Member of the Class of Technical Sciences of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. In 2014 he received the Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement since 2012.