EE Faculty: Yahya Rahmat-Samii
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Research Interests


Yahya Rahmat-Samii is Professor and Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include electromagnetics, antennas, measurement and diagnostics techniques, numerical and asymptotic methods, satellite and personal communications, human/antenna interactions, bandgap and periodic structures, genetic algorithms.

Dr. Rahmat-Samii has authored and co-authored over 450 technical journal articles and conference papers and has written fourteen book chapters. He is also the co-author of two books, entitled Electromagnetic Optimization by Genetic Algorithms

and Impedance Boundary Conditions in Electromagnetics, published in 1999 and 1995, respectively.

He is also the holder of several patents. He has made pioneering research contributions in electromagnetics and antennas (visit his Antenna Research, Applications, and Measurement Laboratory at

For his contributions, Dr. Rahmat-Samii has received numerous NASA and JPL Certificates of Recognition. In 1984 he was the recipient of the prestigious Henry Booker Award of URSI. In 1992 and 1995, he was the recipient of the Best Application Paper Award (Wheeler Award) for papers published in the 1991 and 1993 IEEE AP-S Transactions. In 1993, '94 and '95, three of his Ph.D. students were named the Most Outstanding Ph.D. Students at UCLA's School of Engineering and Applied Science. Five others received various Student Paper Awards at the 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998 IEEE AP-S/URSI Symposiums. In 1999, he was the recipient of the University of Illinois ECE Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2000, Dr. Rahmat-Samii has been selected as one of the recipients of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. Dr. Rahmat-Samii is a member of Commissions A, B, J, and K of USNC/URSI, AMTA, Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu and the Electromagnetics Academy. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology, and Who's Who in Engineering.

Dr. Rahmat-Samii was a Senior Research Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology before joining UCLA in 1989. He was a Guest Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (TUD) in the summer of 1986. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Rahmat-Samii was the 1995 President and 1994 Vice-President of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. He was appointed an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Lecturer and has presented lectures internationally. Dr. Rahmat-Samii was elected as a Fellow of IEEE in 1985 and a Fellow of IAE in 1986. He was also a member of the Strategic Planning and Review Committee (SPARC) of IEEE. He has been a guest and plenary session speaker at many national and international symposia. He was one of the directors and Vice President of the Antennas Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA) for three years. He has been editor and guest editor of many technical journals and book publication entities. He has also served as Chairman and Co-Chairman of several national and international symposia. Dr. Rahmat-Samii was also a member of UCLA's Graduate Council for a period of three years. As of April 1, 2000, he serves as Chair of UCLA's Electrical Engineering Department.