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Professor Kamal Sarabandi appointed the Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering

This professorship recognizes all the excellent work Sarabandi does on applied electromagnetics, in the classroom, and for the department. | Short Read
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Prof. Kamal Sarabandi has been appointed the Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering. This professorship is given in recognition of Prof. Sarabandi�s sustained excellence in research, teaching, and service within the College of Engineering.

Professor Sarabandi’s research encompasses a wide range of topics in the area of applied electromagnetics, specifically: microwave and millimeter-wave radar remote sensing; antenna miniaturization and reconfigurable antennas for wireless applications; wireless channel characterization for performance assessment of wireless systems; and millimeter-wave and submillimeter-wave subsystems and components with applications to radar imaging (collision avoidance, autonomous vehicle control, security, etc.).

His work reaches into such diverse areas as global warming, security at airports, and trouble-free wireless communication. His extensive work with antennas has led to important work in antenna miniaturization, as well as new work in metamaterials for antennas. His work has led to 9 patents, with several more in progress. He has authored more than 500 journal and conference papers.

Education is key for Prof. Sarabandi. He maintains a large number of students, and many win paper awards at professional conferences as well as earn prestigious fellowships.  He has developed two courses; one a microwave measurements laboratory, and the other a course of advanced  topics in the area of microwave and millimeter-wave remote sensing. He has already graduated nearly 30 PhD students.

Prof. Sarabandi sits on the editorial board of Proceedings of the IEEE, and has served as the Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (AP) and the IEEE Sensors Journal. He has served as vice president of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), and is a member of IEEE Technical Activities Board Awards Committee. He is also a member of Commissions F and D of URSI and of The Electromagnetic Academy.

A member of the NASA Advisory Council, Prof. Sarabandi received a NASA Certificate of Appreciation for Significant Contribution for his service on the Workshop on Science Associated with the Lunar Exploration Architecture, from Dr. Michael Griffin, NASA Administrator, and Senator Harrison H. Schmitt, Chairman of NASA Advisory Council. Other awards he has received include the Humboldt Research Award and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

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