John L. Volakis

Dean and Professor
College of Engineering and Computing
Office: EC 2477
Phone: 305.348.1197
Curriculum Vitae

Dean’s Executive Administrator:
Elizabeth Naranjo
Office: EC 2476
Phone: 305.348.6050
Fax: 305.348.1401
10555 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33174

Prof. Volakis is the Dean at the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International Univ (FIU).  He is an IEEE and ACES 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 Univ. 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). He has 35 years of experience and his research covers wireless communications, wearable textile antennas and electronics, antenna and arrays, ultra-wideband RF beamforming techniques, RF materials and metamaterials, EMI/EMC, multi-physics engineering, bioelectromagnetics, mm-wave front ends for GB communications, THz, radar scattering, RF systems integration, propagation, design optimization, and computational methods. He is internationally known for introducing hybrid finite element methods in electromagnetics, antenna miniaturizations techniques and textile electronics.  In 2004, he was listed by ISI among the top 250 highly cited scientists/engineers.  His publications include 8 widely used books, 400 journal papers and nearly 800 conference papers. As of May 2017, his google h-index=60 with nearly 16000 citations. He mentored nearly 90 Ph.Ds with 37 of them having won awards at international conferences.

His service to Professional Societies includes: 2004 President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, 2015-2017 USNC-URSI B Chair, twice the general Chair of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium, IEEE APS Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE APS Fellows Committee Chair, IEEE-wide Fellows committee member & Associate Editor of several journals. Among his awards are: TheUniv. of Michigan College of Engineering Research Excellence award (1993), Scott award from The Ohio State Univ. College of Engineering forOutstanding Academic Achievement (2011), IEEE Tai Teaching Excellence award (2011), and the IEEE Henning Mentoring award (2013), IEEE APS Distinguished Achievement award (2015), and Ohio State Univ. Distinguished Scholar Award (2016), and the Ohio State ElectroScience Lab Sinclair award (2016).


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Antenna Measurements in near zone Anechoic chamber


Dishes at the Hurricane Center on FIU


He has published over 400 journal papers, nearly 800 conference papers, 8 books, and nearly 30 book chapters. In 2004, he was listed among the top 250 most referenced scientists in Computer Science and Engineering by ISI. For the complete listing of his publications, please click here or view his Google Scholar site here.


In his career that span more than 35 years, Professor Volakis has mentored nearly 90 Ph.D. students and postdocs, more than 37 of whom received best paper awards at conferences and 21 of them have moved on to become faculty members at various academic institutions. For a list of his current group members, click here

Select Awards and Professional Activities

Below is only a select list of Volakis’ awards and professional activities. For a list of all his awards, click here.

2017-2020 Vice Chair of International URSI B
2015-17 Chair USNC/URSI Comission B
2014 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Award
2012-14 Vice Chair, USNC/URSI Commission B
2011 IEEE Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award
2004 President, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society