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Partner with ESL

The ElectroScience Laboratory is a major center of excellence within The Ohio State University and is one of the largest radio frequency and optics research laboratories in the world. Since 1941, ESL has consistently maintained a national and international pre-eminence in electromagnetics, influencing radio research like no other institution in the world.

Our center consists of 159 people, including 30 faculty and researchers, and more than a dozen visiting scholars and postdoctoral researchers, supported by 10 administrative staff.

ESL is a breeding ground for the future RF/optics engineers. As of autumn 2014, 89 graduate and 13 undergraduate students perform research under the guidance of ESL faculty for the programs that are supported by Department of Defense (DoD), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Office of Naval Research (ONR), National Science Foundation (NSF), Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives (MURI) and industry through STTR/SBIR partnerships.

Our graduate students are often recruited as interns at these government agencies and in industry through the summer fellowship and internship programs, seizing an opportunity to work with pioneering teams, get exposed to recruitment opportunities and meet their future employers. In addition, every summer several undergraduate and high school students from diverse backgrounds are recruited at the ESL to gain research experience, which consistently proves to be beneficial for their future careers and graduate school applications. Select undergraduate students continue to work with the faculty and their graduate student mentors throughout their academic years.

ESL promotes, supports and engages in research partnerships with established and start-up companies, through STTR/SBIR programs and consortiums, such as the Consortium on Electromagnetics and Radio Frequencies (CERF).

Through these collaborations, our industry partners engage in mutually beneficial partnerships with our faculty and student researchers and get access to the state-of the-art ESL experimental facilities, specialized in wireless sensors, radio frequency identification (RFID), biomedical sensing, RF materials engineering, radars, microwave and THz imaging, optics and certainly wireless communications.

Anechoic ChamberThrough various levels of partnerships, our industry affiliates gain access to the ESL’s anechoic chamber, the largest and finest in an academic institution in the world, for measuring scattering parameters and testing new antennas that are now being applied to commercial products.

At Helios (Hyperspectral Engine Lab for Integrated Optical Systems) lab, academic and industrial partners investigate new materials for reliable, low loss and low cost printing approaches, and for faster, smaller, high performance and cheaper terahertz devices and systems. Our partnerships with academic and industrial affiliates cultivate and lead to innovative research results and contribute to the training of our highly sought-after graduate students.

If you are interested in partnering with the ESL and explore various areas of collaboration, please contact Dr. John Volakis ( or Dr. Greg Creech (