Before joining RWTH in Aachen, Prof. Monti was Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina (USA). During his tenure at USC he has been Associate Director of the Virtual Test Bed (VTB) project, which focuses on computational simulation and visualisation of modern power distribution systems that fully integrate power electronics into the network design. He has developed the real-time extension of VTB for Hardware in the Loop applications and has designed innovative tools supporting the automatic generation of VTB native models. He worked on expanding the limits of real-time simulation thanks to the application of PC clusters and FPGA technology. He was the director of the Real Time and Electromechanics Laboratory (REM Lab). He started his academic career at Politecnico di Milano after 4 years of industrial experience in Ansaldo Industria.