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UCLA’s top teachers: Helping students find treasures locked in an equation

The UCLA Academic Senate has awarded UCLA’s highest teaching prize to six Academic Senate members. In an occasional series of stories that will run throughout the summer, UCLA Today will profile these winners of the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Awards. To see the entire list, which includes non-Senate members and teaching assistants, go here.
 
It’s a good bet that each and every student at UCLA knows a lot about cell phones — speed-dialing calls, texting, taking photos, shooting videos, using the latest cool apps. What every student surely doesn’t know is how the transmitter in your cell phone converts your voice into an encoded signal that the antenna transmits to a distant base station via electromagnetic radio waves moving at the speed of light.
 
But students of Electrical Engineering Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii — a recipient of this year’s Distinguished Teaching Award from the Academic Senate — know this and a whole lot more about electrodynamics, wireless communications links and antenna design. And they couldn’t be more thrilled — both about what they’re learning and about the professor who makes learning such a pleasure.  Click here to read the full article.

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