The Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announces that Jin-Au Kong, Professor of Electrical Engineering and leader of RLE’s Center for Electromagnetic Theory and Applications (CETA), will be awarded the Docteur Honoris Causa by the University of Nantes at a ceremony on October 13, 2006 in Nantes, France. Professor Kong will be one of six recipients of one of the highest honors awarded by French universities.
Professor Kong is being honored for his significant contributions to the fundamental theories of electromagnetism, his leadership in the novel application of electromagnetic detection techniques to important problems in geophysics, and to his distinguished service to industry, governments, the United Nations, and to the global academic and research community.
Professor Kong is internationally recognized for his work in electromagnetic wave propagation, radiation, and scattering, and their applications in microwave remote sensing, geophysical exploration, and electromagnetic transmission and coupling in microelectronic integrated circuits. He continues to pursue his research interests in the area of electromagnetic wave theory and applications. He has published over 30 books including Electromagnetic Wave Theory, and over 700 refereed journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers.
The title of Doctor Honoris Causa is one of the most prestigious distinctions awarded by French universities. The honor was established in January 20, 1918 by an act of the French Republic to allow French universities to honor “…foreign nationals because of eminent services rendered to the sciences, the letters or arts, France or the university.”
Said RLE Director Jeffrey H. Shapiro, Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering, “Professor Kong has been one of the world leaders in his field for decades, and continues to make fundamental contributions and advances in electromagnetic theory and applications. In addition, he has a remarkable degree of commitment to the enterprise of scholarship worldwide, and to promoting excellence at MIT and beyond. I can think of no one more deserving of this distinguished honor.”