Prof. Volakis is the Dean at the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University (FIU). He is an IEEE, ACES, AAAS, and NAI Fellow. Prior to coming to FIU, he was the Roy and Lois Chope Chair in Engineering at Ohio State and a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. (2003-2017). He also served as the Director of the Ohio State University ElectroScience Laboratory for 14 years.
His career spans 2 years at Boeing, 19 years on the faculty at the Univ of Michigan and 15 years at Ohio State. At Michigan, he served as the Director of the Radiation Laboratory at U of Michigan (1998-2000). Prof. Volakis has 39 years of engineering research experience, and has published over 435 journal papers, 900 conference papers, over 30 chapters and 31 patents/disclosures. In 2004, he was listed by ISI Web of Science as one of the top 250 most referenced authors, and his google h-index=72 with over 26,000 citations (as of Jan. 2021). He has mentored +100 Ph.Ds/Post-Docs and has written with them 43 papers which received best paper awards. His research is in electromagnetics, antennas and phased array, RF transceivers, textile electronics, millimeter waves and terahertz, EMI/EMC, radar scattering, and computational methods. His research team has introduced and/or developed 1) hybrid finite methods for microwave engineering, now defacto methods in commercial RF design packages, 2) textile surfaces for wearable electronics and sensors, 3) extremely thin, flexible and wideband conformal antennas and arrays with >30:1 of contiguous bandwidth, 4) novel composite materials for antenna & sensor miniaturization, 5) battery-less and wireless medical implants for non-invasive brain signal collection, 6) diffraction coefficients for material coated edges, and 7) model-scaled radar scattering verification methods. He is the author of 8 books, including the highly referenced Antenna Handbook, referred to as the “antenna bible.”
His service to Professional Societies includes: 2004 President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, Chair of the International Union Radio Science-B (URSI-B) from 2020-2023, US URSI-B Chair from 2015-2017, twice the general Chair of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium, 2019 co-Chair of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) conference, and the 2019 Chair of the International WorkShop on Antenna Technologies (iWAT). He also served as an IEEE APS Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE APS Fellows Committee Chair, IEEE-wide Fellows committee member & Associate Editor of several journals. Among his awards are: 1) Univ. of Michigan College of Engineering Research Excellence award (1993), 2) IEEE Tai Teaching Excellence award (2011), 3) IEEE Henning Mentoring award (2013), 4) IEEE APS Distinguished Achievement award (2015), 5) Ohio State Univ. Distinguished Scholar Award (2016), and 6) Ohio State ElectroScience Lab Sinclair award (2016).
Research Area and Projects
- Medical Imaging
- RF Sensors for Medical Application
- Wireless Communication and Propagation
- Antennas and Arrays
- RF Materials and Packaging
- RF Matching and Tunable Circuits
- Millimeter Waves & TeraHertz
- Computational Electromagnetics
- Electromagnetic Compatability and Interference
- Scattering and Diffraction
For more information on his research activities, please click on one of the “Research” links above.