Prof. John L.Volakis

R. & L. Chope Chair Professor --- Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Director --- The ElectroScience Laboratory Complex


John Volakis

Contact Information

Tel: 1(614)292-5846
Fax: 1(614)292-7297

ESL Address:
ElectroScience Laboratory Rm 149
1330 Kinnear Rd.
Columbus, OH 43212

Dreese Lab Address:
Dept.of Electrical & Computer Eng
Dreese Labs room 752
2015 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH, 43210




Chope Chair Professor                                             
2004     President, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society
2015-17     Chair USNC/URSI Comission B 
2012-14     Vice Chair, USNC/URSI Commission B
2010-14     IEEE Fellows Evaluation Comt.
2003-Present  Director, ElectroScience Laboratory

Research Interests

  • Wireless Communication and Propagation
  • Antennas and Arrays
  • RF Materials and Packaging
  • RF Matching and Tunable Circuits
  • RFIDs
  • Medical Sensing
  • Millimeter Waves & TeraHertz
  • Computational Electromagnetics
  • Electromagnetic Compatability and Interference
  • Scattering and Diffraction


B.E., Summa Cum Laude, Youngstown State University, June 1978
M.Sc., The Ohio State University, December 1979
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, September 1982

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. Prior to moving to the Ohio State Univ, 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.

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