Monday, March 16, 2015

Gabriel Rebeiz, UC San Diego Electrical Engineering Professor, Awarded 2014 Kuwait Prize

Gabriel M. Rebeiz
The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) recently announced the winners of its Kuwait Prize and Scientific Production Prize of 2014. Among the five winners is Gabriel M. Rebeiz, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Rebeiz is being honored for his contributions to the field of Applied Sciences and Engineering Sciences.

Rebeiz holds the Wireless Communications Industry Professor Endowed Chair at UC San Diego. Rebeiz was part of a team that won a 2014 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine for its “Automotive Phased Array Radar.” The system could eventually be incorporated into both human-driven cars as well as driverless cars of the future. (Read the press release here.)

In the story “RF MEMS: New Possibilities for Smartphones,” research from professor Rebeiz and his students on tunable antennas graced the cover of the winter 2013/2014 issue of Pulse, the magazine of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

An IEEE Fellow, professor Rebeiz’s interests include RFICs for phased arrays, mm-wave and THz systems, automotive radars, RF MEMS, reconfigurable front-end systems for 4G and 5G, tunable filters, tunable antennas, on-chip antennas, and sensor systems.

The Kuwait Prize was launched in 1976 in fulfillment of KFAS's strategy to support scientific research and encourage scholars and researchers in Kuwait and all other Arab countries. The annual prizes are designed to recognize intellectual achievements that serve the interest of scientific advancement and support efforts to raise the standard of culture in various fields. Five different categories were considered in 2014: “Earth Sciences,” “Engineering Sciences,” “Economics and Management,” “Studies in Arabic Language and Literature,” and “Arabic and Islamic Scientific Heritage.” Prof. Rebeiz was the sole awardee in the “Engineering Sciences” category, which is offered once every 4-5 years. He will receive the Kuwait prize in Fall 2015 at a dinner hosted by the KFAS Foundation in Kuwait City, Kuwait and supported by the Emir of Kuwait.

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