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John L. Volakis

  • Adjunct Professor, Electrical & Computer Engr.
  • 1330 Kinnear Road
    columbus, OH 43212
  • 614-292-5846


Adjunct Professor
Former R & L Chope Endowed Chair
Former Director of the ESL (2003-2016)

John L. Volakis obtained his PhD 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. SinceJanuary 2003 he is the Roy and Lois Chope Chair Professor of Engineering at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and served as the Director of the ElectroScience Laboratory until August 2016. Prior to joining Ohio State, 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
Professor 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 34-year 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—9 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 four 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 PhD students/post-docs, and co-authored with them nine 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.

Click here to see some of his recent major projects.


  • "Metamaterials Analysis and Phenomenology for Antenna Appilcations." 2006,