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ElectroScience Laboratory at The Ohio State University
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering ElectroScience Laboratory

John Volakis

Director and Roy & Lois Chope Chair Professor


Phone  (614) 292-5846
Fax (614) 292-7297
Address The ElectroScience Laboratory
Room 149
The Ohio State University
1330 Kinnear Rd.
Columbus, OH 43212
Email volakis.1@osu.edu
Personal Page http://esl.eng.ohio-state.edu/~volakis
  CV     Research Summary
John Volakis


John L. Volakis obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Ohio State University in 1982 (advisors: Leon Peters, Jr. and W.D. Burnside). From 1982-1984 he was with Rockwell International, Aircraft Division (now Boeing Phantom Works), Lakewood, CA and during 1978- 1982 he was a Graduate Research Associate at the Ohio State University ElectroScience Laboratory. From January 2003 he is the Roy and Lois Chope Chair Professor of Engineering at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and also serves as the Director of the ElectroScience Laboratory with $7.5M in external research funding on all aspects of electromagnetic and wireless communications (hardware, analysis, and design). Prior to joining The Ohio State University, he was a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Dept. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. (1984-2003). He also served as the Director of the Radiation Laboratory from 1998 to 2000.

Research Interests

Prof. Volakis has extensive experience in all aspects of Electromagnetics and Radio Frequency systems. He is credited for introducing the finite element-boundary integral method as a main stream method in electromagnetics, and has carried out pioneering work on diffraction theory and radar scattering, antennas,  metamaterials,  EMI/EMC analysis of complex systems, and ultrawide band antennas.  More recently, he has introduced design optimization schemes and adapted novel processes for introducing novel materials for antenna enhancements (miniaturization and bandwidth). During his nearly 30 years career (4 years at OSU-ESL; 2 years at Rockwell—now Boeing; 19 years at the Univ. of Michigan; and now back at Ohio State since 2003—5 years) he has carried out research and has been the Principal Investigator to numerous projects funded by nearly all government agencies (DARPA, Army, Air Force, Navy, and NSF). He has led large teams under DARPA support and two MURIs under AFSOR support.

Prof. Volakis has published (or accepted) 256 journal articles in refereed journals, 395 conference papers, and 21 book chapters. In addition, he has co-authored 4 books: Approximate Boundary Conditions in Electromagnetics (Institution of Electrical Engineers, London,1995), Finite Element Method for Electromagnetics (IEEE Press, New York, 1998), Frequency Domain Hybrid Finite Element Methods in Electromagnetics (Morgan & Claypool), and Antenna Engineering Handbook, ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2007). He also developed two coursepacks on introductory and advanced numerical methods for electromagnetics. He has delivered short courses for numerous organizations on numerical methods, antennas, and frequency selective surfaces. Prof. Volakis is listed by ISI among the top 250 most referenced authors.

Prof. Volakis has graduated/mentored over 50 Ph.D. students/post-docs, and co-authored with them 9 best paper awards at conferences. He has been recognized by numerous technical awards throughout his career, and has held several major leadership positions, including service as President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society in 2004.

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