ECE graduate student Sharmila Padmanabhan was selected to receive the Young Scientist Award from the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). Sharmila will receive the award in October 2005 at the URSI General Assembly in New Delhi, India, for her paper entitled, "Polarimetric Observations of Emissivity of Whitecaps Experiment (POEWEX'02) to Characterize the Azimuthal Variation of the Microwave Emission from Foam Generated by Breaking Waves."
URSI is a non-governmental, non-profit organization under the International Council for Science. Its purpose is to promote research, applications, scientific exchange, and communications in radio science - the application of electromagnetic (EM) theory to diverse fields of human endeavor, including electronics, photonics, antennas, radar, EM noise and interference, wave propagation, ionospheric and space plasmas, radio astronomy, remote sensing of the Earth and other planets, as well as biology and medicine. The URSI Young Scientist Award is bestowed every three years at the URSI General Assembly, recently held in Lille, France (1996), Toronto, Canada (1999), and Maastrict, the Netherlands (2002). Sharmila is among a small number of young scientists from around the globe who will be recognized at this year's General Assembly. Her advisor, Dr. Steven Reising, ECE associate professor, won the URSI Young Scientist Award in 1999, shortly after receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford.
Sharmila is pursuing her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Colorado State University. She earned her master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2004, and a bachelor's degree in electronics and telecommunication from the University of Mumbai, India, in 2001.