My (Former) Students' Hall of Fame

In this page I am hosting (in reverse order, i.e. from most to last recent) the bios of a few former Students I am in still good touch with (and I am proud to be). A short note characterizes the special relationship that I had/have. The rest is history!

silvia vitali

Silvia Vitali graduated in 2018 receiving her Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Torino. During her MSc she has been actively involved in the Politecnico di Torino student community, first collaborating in JEToP (the Politecnico's Junior Enterprise) and then actively leading the foundation, together with other Students, of the first Italian IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) Chapter, the Mu Nu Chapter. In 2017 she worked in the HP Security Lab in Bristol, UK. Her work thesis, related to the malware analysis field, is based on this work experience.

(Note from Paolo Montuschi: Silvia is a true leader with clear ideas and high motivation. Let me remember one episode among all. She sent me a draft copy of the Bylaws of the future HKN Mu Nu Chapter. I offline marked several corrections and we finally met to discuss in person the changes to be implemented. For each of my proposed modifications, she had a strong and 100% justified rebuttal. She gently lead me to understand the reasons of her choices taken while drafting the first version of the Bylaws, and she was right! I learned a lot and was positively impressed by her gentle determination and deep professional attitude.) 


Luca Nassi is a computer engineer currently working as hardware designer for ARM (in Sophia Antipolis, France), where he is part of the team that creates next generation processors for the high-end mobile and server markets. He holds a double Master of Science in Computer Engineering, oriented on embedded systems, that he received with distinction from Telecom ParisTech (Eurecom department) and Politecnico di Torino in 2015. Luca's interests range from digital electronics design and computer architectures to security and software optimization.  More info about Luca can be found here 

(Note from Paolo Montuschi: Luca has been the first student who proposed, while attending the course “Computer Architectures” in 2014, the “triple XOR solution” to swap the contents of two registers, i.e., XOR AX,BX   XOR BX,AX   XOR AX,BX  Honestly, I have to say that it took me the full duration of a lecture break to understand and fully check that his solution was correct. He has been a brilliant, committed and restless student, who finally double-graduated with an outstanding record of achievements and scores, i.e. 30/30 cum laude in ALL exams of the Master!) 


Alessandro Sorniotti is a research staff member at the IBM research lab in Zurich, Switzerland. His main research interests are cryptography and systems security. Prior to joining IBM, he worked for SAP Research in Sophia Antipolis, France, British Telecom in Ipswich, UK and for Comtest Wireless in Turin, where he was born and raised. Alessandro holds a PhD from Telecom ParisTech and a double MSc degree in computer science from Polytechnic University of Turin and from EURECOM. In July 2016 he has been elevated to IEEE Senior Member. More info: Starting January 1, 2017 he has been appointed to serve as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers.

(Note from Paolo Montuschi: Alessandro has been my first student who decided to attend my course on Microprocessors and Systems, offered to students at the third year of Computer Engineering, while he was still attending the second year. Thanks to his curiosity, enthusiasm and strong motivations and the help of his Colleagues, he was able to successfully fill the gap, including switching to the Linux Operating System, when it was not so easy and new peripehrals’ drivers should sometimes be written from scratch or adapted from other existing). 


Carlo Alberto Boano is an assistant professor at the Institute of Computer Engineering of TU Graz, Austria, where he received a doctoral degree “sub auspiciis Praesidentis rei publicae” in 2014 with a thesis on dependable wireless sensor networks. Before joining TU Graz, Carlo Alberto has been researcher at the University of Lübeck, Germany (2009-2013) and at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden (2008-2009). Originally born in Govone, he completed his high school diploma at the "ITIS Giancarlo Vallauri" in Fossano and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. In 2009, he completed a double Master of Science in Computer Engineering within the Erasmus Programme at Politecnico di Torino and KTH Stockholm, Sweden. Carlo Alberto’s research focuses on the design of dependable networked embedded systems, with emphasis on the energy-efficiency and reliability of low-power wireless communication protocols. His dissertation and Master thesis received multiple awards. More info:

(Note from Paolo Montuschi: Carlo Alberto has been my first student who decided to take a double Master Degree at a foreign University, in Sweden. His strong motivations and hard-working qualities, always with a smile, made him to successfully takle the difficulties of a different education system. He basically was one of Politecnico’s "pioneering explorers" and  succeeded in his mission very brilliantly, at the same providing me with useful first-person feedback about the differences between formation at Politecnico and at a foreign University). 

di francesco

Ivan Di Francesco is a computer engineer currently working at Google (in Zurich, Switzerland).  More info:  -UNDER CONSTRUCTION-  


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