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Yahya Rahmat-Samii

Professor of Electrical Engineering/Electromagnetics, University of California, Los Angeles

Yahya Rahmat-Samii is a Distinguished Professor, holder of the Northrop-Grumman Chair in electromagnetics, member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), winner of the 2011 IEEE Electromagnetics Award and the former chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Before joining UCLA, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Caltech/NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Rahmat-Samii was the 1995 President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and 2009-2011President of the United States National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). He has also served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer presenting lectures internationally. Dr. Rahmat-Samii is a Fellow of the IEEE, AMTA and ACES. Dr. Rahmat-Samii has authored and co-authored nearly 1000 technical journal articles and conference papers and has written over 35 book chapters and five books. Dr. Rahmat-Samii has received numerous awards, including the 1992 and 1995 Wheeler Best Application Prize Paper Award for his papers published in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Transactions, 1999 University of Illinois ECE Distinguished Alumni Award, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, AMTA’2000 Distinguished Achievement Award, 2001 recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2001 Foreign Membership of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, 2002 Technical Excellence Award from JPL, 2005 URSI Booker Gold Medal, 2007 Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award of the IEEE AP-S, 2009 IEEE AP-S Distinguished Achievement Award, 2010 UCLA School of Engineering Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award, and 2011 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2015, Dr. Rahmat-Samii received NASA Group Achievement Award. His research contributions cover diverse areas of modern electromagnetics and antennas spanning from small medical antennas to large space deployable antennas and the results of his research on these topics have appeared on the cover pages of many scientific journals. Prof. Rahmat-Samii is the designer of the IEEE AP-S logo which is displayed on all IEEE AP-S publications.


  • –present
    Professor of Electrical Engineering/Electromagnetics, University of California, Los Angeles