S. A. Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award is given to the authors of the best paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation during the previous year. It was previously known as the “Best Paper” and was renamed in 1985. The 2017 Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award was selected from nearly 500 papers published in 2016 in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. This is the premier IEEE publications on the topics of antennas, electromagnetics and applications.

The paper titled, “CubeSat Deployable Ka-Band Mesh Reflector Antenna Development for Earth Science Missions, IEEE TAP, vol. 64, no. 6, pp. 2083-2093, 2016”, was co-authored by one Prof. Rahmat-Samii’s former PhD students, Dr. Richard Hodges, and four other colleagues from JPL, Drs. N. Chahat, E. Peral, J. Sauder and M. Thomson. The award was presented during the award ceremony, with nearly 400 attendees, at the annual IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium held in San Diego, California, July 8-13, 2017.

The group photo shows, from left to right, Prof. W. Chew, IEEE AP-S President-Elect, Prof. Y. Rahmat-Samii, Dr. N. Chahad, Dr. R. Hodges, Dr. Mark Thomson and Prof. A. Kishk, IEEE AP-S President. It is notable to mention that this antenna design is scheduled to be launched aboard a CubeSat either later 2017 or early 2018.