John L. Volakis

John L. Volakis (S'77–M'82–SM'89–F96) was born in Chios, Greece, on May 13, 1956. He received the B.E. degree (summa cum laude) from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH, USA, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA, in 1979 and 1982, respectively. He started his career at Rockwell International (1982–1984), now Boeing Phantom Works. In 1984, he was appointed an Assistant Professor with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, becoming a Full Professor in 1994. He also served as the Director of the Radiation Laboratory from 1998 to 2000. Since January 2003, he has been the Roy and Lois Chope Chair Professor of Engineering at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA, and also serves as the Director of the ElectroScience Laboratory. He has carried out research on antennas, medical sensing, computational methods, electromagnetic compatibility and interference, propagation, design optimization, RF materials and metamaterials, RFIDs, milli-meter waves and terahertz, body-worn wireless technologies, and multiphysics engineering. His publications include eight books, including Approximate Boundary Conditions in Electromagnetics (IET, 1995), Finite Element Methods for Electromagnetics (Wiley-IEEE Press, 1998) Antenna Engineering Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 2007, 4th ed.), Small Antennas (McGraw-Hill, 2010), and Integral Equation Methods for Electromagnetics (SciTech, 2011)]. His papers include over 350 journal papers, more than 650 conference papers, and 25 book chapters. He has also written several well-edited course packs and has delivered short courses on antennas, numerical methods, and frequency-selective surfaces. Dr. Volakis is a Fellow of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society and a member of the URSI Commissions B and E, and currently serves as the Chair of USNC/URSI Commission B. He was the recipient of the University of Michigan (UM) College of Engineering Research Excellence Award in 1998, and in 2001 he received the UM, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Service Excellence Award. In 2010 he received the Ohio State University Clara and Peter Scott award for outstanding academic achievement. Also, in 2014 he received the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Distiguished Achievement Award and the IEEE AP-S C-T Tai Educator Award. He was listed (2004) by ISI among the top 250 most referenced authors. His mentorship includes over 80 doctoral students/post-doctorals with 30 of them receiving Best Paper awards at international conferences. He was the 2004 President of the IEEE AP-S and served on the AdCom of the IEEE AP-S from 1995 to 1998. He also served as an associate editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION from 1988 to 1992, Radio Science from 1994 to 1997, the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Magazine (1992–2006), Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications, and URSI Bulletin. Further, he served on the IEEE wide and AP-S Fellows evaluation committee. In 1993 he chaired the IEEE AP-S Symposium and Radio Science Meeting in Ann Arbor, MI, USA, and cochaired the same symposium in 2003 at Columbus, OH, USA.

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