Distinguished Alumni Awards

Tatsuo Itoh

Tatsuo  Itoh
To Tatsuo Itoh, for seminal contributions in microwave and millimeter-wave technology and electrical engineering education.

Professor and Endowed Chair, UCLA Department of Electrical Engineering, Los Angeles, California

  • BS, 1964, Yokohama National University, Japan
  • MS, 1966, Yokohama National University, Japan
  • PhD, 1969, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

From his groundbreaking PhD research on the analysis of submillimeter-wave gratings to his recent contributions on the application of metamaterials for innovative designs of microwave/millimeter-wave devices and circuits, Tatsuo Itoh has distinguished himself as one of the most prolific and innovative minds in the field.

During his tenure on the electrical engineering faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, he was instrumental in establishing one of the top microwave/millimeter-wave programs in the world. His arrival at UCLA in 1991 as the Northrop Grumman Chair in Microwave and Millimeter Wave Electronics is credited for UCLA’s sustained dominance in the field of electromagnetics and its applications to antennas and microwave/millimeter-wave engineering. Widely published, Itoh holds 16 patents and has produced 400 journal publications and 820 refereed conference presentations. In addition, he has written 43 books or book chapters in the area of microwaves, millimeter waves, antennas, and numerical electromagnetics.

Itoh has also held many important positions within the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), and other organizations. He has served as editor of IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques and editor-in-chief of the IEEE Microwave and Guided Wave Letters. A dedicated member of the Administrative Committee of IEEE MTT-S, he served as its president in 1990. He was chair of URSI Commission D from 1993-1995 and served from 2004-2006 as IEEE MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lecturer on the topic of microwave applications of metamaterial structures.

A strong advocate for excellence at his alma mater, Itoh has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering. In addition, the top-notch electromagnetics programs he helped establish at UT Austin and at UCLA were founded on the recruitment of outstanding Illinois graduates, Hao Ling and Yahya Rahmat-Samii, respectively.

Among his many awards are the IEEE/MTT-S Microwave Career Award, the European Microwave Association Outstanding Career Award, the IEEE Nikola Tesla Award, the Third Millennium Medal, the Microwave Theory and Techniques Distinguished Educator Award, and the Japan Microwave Prize.

Current as of 2012.