Yahya Rahmat-Samii

Yahya Rahmat-Samii

Yahya Rahmat-Samii
Distinguished Professor and Northrop Grumman Chair in Electrical Engineering/Electromagnetics
Primary Area: Physical and Wave Electronics

Office: 6731K Boelter Hall
Phone: (310) 206-2275
Research Lab: Antenna Research, Analysis, and Measurement Laboratory

Research and Teaching Interests:
Electromagnetics, antennas for space and remote sensing applications, numerical and asymptotic methods, satellite and personal communications, Cubsats and Smallsats, human/antenna interactions, RFID and implanted antennas in medical applications, frequency selective surfaces, electromagnetic band-gap and meta-material structures, measurement and diagnostics techniques, applications of the genetic algorithms and particle swarm optimizations in electromagnetics


Awards and Recognitions
2019       Ellis Island Medal of Honor
1st Place – Student Paper Award, 2019 North America Radio Science Meeting (URSI), Boulder, J. Budha and Y. Rahmat-Samii, “’A New 3D Printed Electronically Scanned Spinning Spot Beam Inhomogeneous Dielectric Lens Antenna for Spaceborne Wind Scatterometer Weather Radar Satellites”
2017       ACES Computational Electromagnetics Award, the highest award of this society
2017       IEEE Antennas and Propagation S. A. Schelkunoff Best Transactions Paper Award
2016       John Kraus Antenna Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society
2016       NASA Group Achievement


Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from The Los Angeles Engineer’s Council

2013       Fellow, Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society
2012       NASA Group Achievement Award .For exceptional contributions to the Juno Step 1 and Step 2 exemplary winning proposal efforts leading to the start of mission developments
2012       Ernest K. Smith USNC-URSI, 2nd Best Student Paper Prize Award T. Brockett and Y. Rahmat-Samii, .A New Paradigm in Solar Energy Harvesting: Characterization of High Absorption Nanopilar Array Photovoltaics
2012       2nd Place – Student Paper Award, 2012 North America Radio Science Meeting (URSI), Boulder, CO T. Brockett, H. Rajagopalan, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, “A New Paradigm in Solar Energy Harvesting: Characterization of High Absorption Nanopillar Array Photovoltaics,” URSI National Radio Science Meeting, U. Colorado at Boulder, January 3-6, 2012
2011       IEEE Technical Field Awards and Medal in Electromagnetics .for fundamental contributions to reflector antennas, near-field measurements and diagnostics, antenna and human interactions, and optimization algorithms in electromagnetics..
2011       UCLA Academic Senate.s Distinguished Teaching Award
2010       UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award
2009-2011       Elected President of US National Committee of URSI (International Union of Radio Science)
2009       IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Achievement Award, .For pioneering contributions to the design, optimization and measurement of modern ground and space-borne reflector antennas and antennas for handheld communication devices..
2008       National Academy of Engineering
2007       Fellow of Antenna Measurement Techniques Association, .For outstanding and pioneering contributions to the theory, practice and art of antenna and RF measurements. Throughout your career you have exemplified and promoted the goals and objectives of the antenna measurement techniques association.. 2007 IEEE Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award for his .significant contributions to electromagnetics education and for inspiring new methodologies for the design, analysis and measurement of complex antenna systems
2007-2010   IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for Antennas and Propagation Society
2006       NASA Board Award, .For the creative development of a scientific contribution which has been determined to be significant value in the advancement of the space and aeronautical activities of NASA and is entitled: Fan Beam Patterns Radiated from a Parabolic Reflector Antenna
2005       International Union of Radio Science Booker Gold Medal for his .contributions to reflector antenna design and practice, near-field measurements and diagnostic techniques, handheld antennas and human interactions, genetic algorithms in electromagnetics, and the spectral theory of diffraction
2002       JPL/NASA Award of Exceptional Technical Excellence for his, .Advanced and /second Generation Precipitation Radar Technology Development
2001       Elected Foreign Member of The Royal Flemish Academy of Science and the Arts
2000       Honorary Doctorate Causa from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2000       IEEE Third Millennium Medal for his, .Outstanding achievements and contributions
2000        AMTA Distinguished Achievement Award, .who throughout his career exemplified and promotes the goals and objectives of AMTA. The AMTA herby cites Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii: (a) For his creative development and application of Plane-polar and Bi-polar near field measurement techniques, (b) For his major contributions in the utilization of microwave holography diagnostic and phaseless measurements of reflector and array antennas, (c) For his prolific publications in diverse area of antennas fro personal, satellite, radar and radio astronomical applications, electromagnetic theory, optimization and computational techniques, and measurements and diagnostics, (d) For his excellence and enthusiasm in educating vast number of engineers and researchers worldwide, (e) For his dedication and services to the AMTA
1999       ECE University of Illinois Urbana-Urbana Distinguished Alumnus Award, for his, .pioneering research activities, outstanding teaching and service to the IEEE, and a prolific publication records in the fields of applied and theoretical electromagnetics
1995       Elected President of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society
1994       IEEE AP-S Harold A. Wheeler Best Applications Prize Paper Award, “On the Reflectivity of Complex Mesh Surfaces,” IEEE Trans. Antennas and Propagation vol. AP-39, no. 7, pp. 1352-1365, September, 1991
1991       IEEE AP-S Harold A. Wheeler Best Applications Prize Paper Award, “The Bi-Polar Planar Near- filed Measurement Technique Part I: Implementation and Measurement Comparisons,” IEEE Trans. Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 184-195, February 1994
1988       NASA Group Achievement Award, .In recognition of the team.s outstanding achievement in the development, implementation, testing and transfer of mobile satellite communications technology
1985       IEEE Fellow, .Contributions to reflector antennas, near-field measurement techniques, and high frequency electromagnetic diffraction


IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for Antennas and Propagation Society


Selected Publications