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About Professor Kong

Prof. Jin Au KongJin Au Kong joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) faculty in 1969. He served as chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science’s concentration area on Energy and Electromagnetic Systems and led the MIT Research Laboratory for Electronics (RLE) Center for Electromagnetic Theory and Applications.

Professor Kong was exceptionally devoted to the many generations of MIT students who learned in his classroom and conducted research in his laboratories. In 1985 he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the MIT Graduate Student Council. Professor Kong has supervised over 50 PhD theses and 100 MS theses. His graduate students have achieved prominence around the world in various fields, forming a strong testament to his influence and legacy.

An internationally renowned expert on electromagnetic waves, Professor Kong earned acclaim 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 has published more than 30 books — including Electromagnetic Wave Theory, Applied Electromagnetism, and Theory of Microwave Remote Sensing — on electromagnetics and more than 700 research papers and book chapters.

Professor Kong was president of the Cambridge, MA Electromagnetics Academy and Dean of the Electromagnetics Academy at Zhejiang University, China. He was the founder and primary organizer of the Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS), a key discussion forum for electromagnetics research. Professor Kong was editor-in-chief for the Wiley series on Remote Sensing, the Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications (JEWA) and the book series Progress in Electromagnetics Research (PIER). A seventy-fourth-generation descendant of Chinese philosopher Confucius, Professor Kong demonstrated extraordinary commitment to excellence in research, education and service at MIT and beyond.