Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale
Professor of Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2011 IEEE Judith
A. Resnik, "for contributions to space-based, microwave and millimeter
polarimetric radar remote sensing of the Earth's surface for civilian and
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.). He has been principal investigator on many NASA
projects related to remote sensing of terrestrial targets such as
vegetation, soil moisture, and snow using synthetic aperture radars (SAR)
including polarimetric and interferometric systems.
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.
A member of the NASA Advisory Council since 2006, 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.
In addition to numerous awards for research and teaching excellence by the
University of Michigan, he has received the
Humboldt Research Award and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. He is a Fellow of IEEE.
About the Award
The IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award, established
in 1986, rewards outstanding contributions
to space engineering within the fields of
interest of the IEEE.
The Award is named
in honor of IEEE Member Judith Resnik, who
was a Mission Specialist on the NASA Space
Shuttle Challenger, which exploded on
28 January 1986. Dr. Resnik was a biomedical
engineer and staff Fellow with the National
Institute of Health when she was selected by
NASA in 1978 to join the Space Program. She
first flew as a NASA Mission Specialist on
the maiden voyage of the orbiter
Discovery, which, during 96 orbits of
the earth, deployed three satellites and
removed hazardous ice particles from the
orbiter using the Remote Manipulator System,
a Shuttle 50-foot robot arm for which Dr.
Resnik developed operational Procedures and
Software. Among other NASA projects, Dr.
Resnik developed deployment procedures for a
Tethered Satellite System.
The award is sponsored by the IEEE
Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society,
the IEEE Control Systems Society, and the
IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology
Society. Individuals and teams are eligible
for the award.
July 1, 2010 by
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