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Professors Yahya Rahmat-Samii and Kang Wang selected to hold the Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Chairs

May 2007

Following a broad search, Professors Yahya Rahmat-Samii and Kang Wang were selected to hold two endowed chairs.

Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii was recently selected to hold the Northrop Grumman Chair in Electromagnetics in recognition of his outstanding and diversified research contributions in the areas of electromagnetics and antennas. He is a well-known international authority in his field and heads the UCLA EE Department Antenna Research, Analysis and Measurement (ARAM) Laboratory. Dr. Rahmat-Samii has authored and co-authored over 720 technical journal articles and conference papers and has written 25 book chapters and three books. He has received numerous awards, including the 2007 Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society.


Prof. Rahmat-Samii’s pioneering research activities cover many areas including: (a) Advanced Reflector Antenna Designs and Compensations (in which antenna concepts and designs are utilized in many planetary space missions, soil moisture remote sensing instruments, direct broadcast satellites, and outer space missions); (b) Personal Communication Antennas including Human Interactions (ARAM is considered one of the prominent research groups in the area of communication antennas for mobile units, MIMO, wearable and implanted applications. It is among the pioneering groups to include the effects of the human biological tissues in simulation models); (c) Nature-Based Optimization Techniques in Electromagnetics (Prof. Rahmat-Samii pioneered activities in the application of the genetic algorithms and particle swarm optimizations in electromagnetics and antenna research. Many innovative and multifunction communication antennas, radar absorbing structures, and antenna array topologies have been designed using these techniques); (d) Antenna Measurements and Diagnostics Techniques (Advanced measurements and diagnostic techniques for antenna characterization have been developed). For the fi rst time ever, the indoor bi-polar near field measurement technique has been demonstrated. A microwave holography technique for antenna diagnostics including phaseless measurements has also been developed.

Professor Kang L. Wang, recently appointed as the Raytheon Chair Professor of Physical Science, received his BS (1964) degree from National Cheng Kung University and his MS (1966) and PhD (1970) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is recognized internationally as a leader in nanotechnology. He serves on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (American Scientifi c publishers).


He also currently serves as the Director of the MARCO Focus Center on Functional Engineered Nano Architectonics (FENA), an interdisciplinary Research Center funded by the Semiconductor Industry Association and Department of Defense to address the need of information processing technology beyond scaled CMOS, and was named the Director of Western Institute of Nanoelectronics (WIN) — a coordinated multi-project Research Institute. WIN is funded by NRI, Intel and the State of California Current ongoing projects are aimed at spintronics for low power applications. Prof. Wang was also the founding director of the Nanoelectronics Research Facility at UCLA (established in 1989) with an infrastructure to further research in nanotechnology. In addition to these technical leadership contributions, he has provided academic leadership in engineering education. He was the Dean of Engineering from 2000 to 2002 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Prof. Wang’s research includes nanoelectronics, spintronics and new architectures for nanodevices.

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