Kamal Sarabandi (S’87- M’90- SM’92- F’00) is director of the Radiation Laboratory and a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. His research areas of interest include microwave and millimeter-wave radar remote sensing, Meta-materials, electromagnetic wave propagation, and antenna miniaturization. He received the B.S. degree in EE from Sharif University of Technology in 1980. He also received the M.S. degree in EE (1986) and the M.S. degree in Mathematics and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The University of Michigan in 1989. Professor Sarabandi has 20 years of experience with wave propagation in random media, communication channel modeling, microwave sensors, and radar systems and is leading a large research group including two research scientists, 12 Ph.D. and 2 M.S. students. He has graduated 23 Ph.D. and supervised numerous postdoctoral students. He has served as the Principal Investigator on many projects sponsored by NASA, JPL, ARO, ONR, ARL, NSF, DARPA and a larger number of industries. He has published many book chapters and more than 135 papers in refereed journals on electromagnetic scattering, random media modeling, wave propagation, antennas, meta-materials, microwave measurement techniques, radar calibration, inverse scattering problems, and microwave sensors. He has also had more than 330 papers and invited presentations in many national and international conferences and symposia on similar subjects.


Dr. Sarabandi is a Fellow of IEEE, a vice president of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), and a member of IEEE Technical Activities Board Awards Committee. He served as the Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (AP) and the IEEE Sensors Journal. He is also a member of Commissions F and D of URSI and of The Electromagnetic Academy. Professor Sarabandi is listed in American Men & Women of Science Who's Who in America and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. Dr. Sarabandi was the recipient of the Henry Russel Award from the Regent of The University of Michigan (the highest honor the University of Michigan bestows on a faculty member at the assistant or associate level). In 1999 he received a GAAC Distinguished Lecturer Award from the German Federal Ministry for Education, Science, and Technology given to about ten individuals worldwide in all areas of engineering, science, medicine, and law. He was also a recipient of a 1996 EECS Department Teaching Excellence Award and a 2004 College of Engineering Research Excellence Award. In 2005 he received two prestigious awards, namely, the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Distinguished Achievement Award and the University of Michigan Faculty Recognition Award. In the past several years, joint papers presented by his students at a number of international symposia (IEEE APS’95,’97,00,’01,’03,’05; IEEE IGARSS’99,’02, IEEE IMS’01, USNC URSI’04,’05,’06) have received best student prize paper awards.