About the Authors

Fawwaz T. Ulaby

Since joining the University of Michigan faculty in 1984, Professor Ulaby has directed numerous interdisciplinary, NASA-funded projects aimed at the development of high-resolution satellite radar sensors for mapping Earth’s terrestrial environment. He also served as the founding director of the NASA-funded Center for Space Terahertz Technology, whose research was aimed at the development of microelectronic devices and circuits that operate at wavelengths between the infrared and the microwave regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Previously, Professor Ulaby served a seven-year term as the University of Michigan’s vice president for research from 1999-2005.

Professor Ulaby is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and he serves on several international scientific boards and commissions.

In recognition for his outstanding teaching and distinguished scholarship, he has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards from universities, government agencies, and scientific organizations. Among them are the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Distinguished Achievement Award (1983), the Kuwait Prize for Applied Science (1987), the NASA Achievement Award (1990), the University of Michigan Regents Medal for Meritorious Service (1996), the IEEE Millennium Medal (2000), the 2002 William Pecora Award, a joint recognition by NASA and the Department of the Interior, and the Distinguished FEA Alumni Award from the American University of Beirut (2006). In 2006, he was selected by the students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as “Professor of the Year,” and shortly thereafter, he was awarded the Thomas Edison Medal, the oldest medal in the field of electrical and computer engineering in the United States. In 2012 he was awarded the IEEE Education Medal.

Michel M. Maharbiz

Michel M. Maharbiz is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley for his work on microbioreactor systems (which led to the foundation of a bioinstrumentation company – www.microreactor.com). Dr. Maharbiz has been a GE Scholar and an Intel IMAP Fellow. His current research interests include micro/nanosystems for cell culture and biology, parallel assembly processes and bio-derived fabrication methods. His group is currently focused on micro/nanosystems designed to pattern and control diffusible microgradients during cell and embryo development. Dr. Maharbiz is a member of the IEEE and the ACS.