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Ulaby Short Bio

Current Position

Professor Fawwaz T. Ulaby was the founding Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a graduate research university under development along the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. Prior to assuming this position, Professor Ulaby was the R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, where he had also served as Vice President for Research (1999–2005).  In April of 2009, he returned to the University of Michigan as the Arthur Thurnau Professor of EECS.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of IEEE and AAAS, and serves on several scientific boards and commissions.

Research Profile

Since joining the University of Michigan faculty in 1984, Professor Ulaby has directed numerous interdisciplinary, NASA-funded projects aimed at the development of high-resolution satellite radar sensors for mapping Earth's terrestrial environment. He also served as the founding Director of a NASA-funded Center for Space Terahertz Technology, whose research was aimed at the development of microelectronic devices and circuits that operate at vawelengths intermediate between the infrared and the microwave regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Over his academic career, he has supervised 115 highly motivated and talented graduate students.

Recent Recognition

  • Eta Kappa Nu Professor of the Year,, 2006.
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, American University of Beirut Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, 2006.
  • IEEE Thomas Alva Edison Medal, 2006.
  • IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Education Award, 2006.
  • Elected Fellow of AAAS, 2007.
  • Named IEEE Life Fellow, 2008.
  • Received Arab Thought Foundation Award, 2008.
  • Appointed Chen-To Tai Collegiate Professor, 2009.
  • Appointed Emmet Leith Distinguished University Professor, 2010.

Personal Background

Professor Ulaby was born in Damascus, Syria and grew up in Lebanon. He attended the American University of Beirut, from which he received the B.S. degree in physics in 1964. He later received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968. In between, he worked for the Boeing Company for a year in 1966.