Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2013 IEEE GRSS Education Award for outstanding contributions to education in the field of Geoscience and Remote Sensing. This award recognizes “an individual who has made significant educational contributions in terms of the innovation and extent of its overall impact.”
Prof. Sarabandi’s contributions to education range from his dedicated teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students to his exceptional success with his graduate students. More than half of the eight courses he’s taught over the years are undergraduate courses, and they include the core courses in his field of Electromagnetics.
He supervises a large number of graduate students, typically between 10-20, many of whom receive prestigious fellowships (more than 10), research awards, and best paper awards (more than 20). He has supervised more than 40 Ph.D. dissertations to date. His former students are teaching at institutions throughout the world, running their own companies, and working at many major international companies.
He has a reputation for being dedicated to the undergraduate students in his courses, and responsive to the needs of his graduate students. His lectures and presentations are known for being extremely clear and reflecting the highest research standards.
Prof. Sarabandi’s contributions to teaching have been recognized through an EECS Teaching Excellence Award as well as many U-M awards that recognize excellence in all areas of professional life, including the Henry Russel Award, the U-M Faculty Recognition Award, and the U-M Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award. In addition, he has received numerous professional awards for his excellence in research and contributions to professional organizations.
Prof. 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.).
Prof. Sarabandi received the award during the Plenary Session of the 2013 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS’2013).