John Volakis receives IEEE Henning Distinguished Mentoring Award

Posted: June 25, 2013
Professor John Volakis
John Volakis, Chope Chair professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the ElectroScience Laboratory, received the 2013 IEEE Rudolf Henning Distinguished Mentoring Award in recognition of his mentoring of students and young engineers to achieve successful careers in the areas of RF/microwave and wireless engineering. The award was presented at the 2013 Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference in April 2013.

The IEEE Henning Distinguished Mentoring Award recognizes an individual who has performed exemplary service encouraging students and/or mentoring young engineers to advance their careers in the areas of RF/microwave and/or wireless engineering. It is named after Rudolph Henning, professor emeritus in the department of electrical engineering at the University of South Florida, whose career was dedicated to attracting students to pursue a career in RF/Microwave engineering.  

"During his 30-year career, Professor Volakis has sustained one of the largest research programs in the world and devoted his time to influence students to pursue a professional career in RF/microwave engineering,” said Ohio State alumnus and nominator Gokhan Mumcu, assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of South Florida. “I have always felt lucky to have him as my mentor. His unique guidance in my professional development has provided the motivation to complete my PhD degree and pursue further career opportunities in the field."

Volakis has mentored approximately 75 doctoral students and post-docs with 20 of them having co-authored papers that won awards at international conferences. He is the author or co-author of eight books, 325 articles in major refereed journals, more than 600 conference papers and 23 book chapters.

Volakis has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the 2011 Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and the 2010 Clara M. and Peter L. Scott Faculty for Excellence in Engineering Education from the Ohio State College of Engineering. He is highly cited in ISI and is a Fellow of the IEEE and ACES.

Volakis returned to The Ohio State University in 2003 after completing his MS and PhD degrees here in 1979 and 1982, respectively. His research interests are in antennas, medical sensing, novel radio frequency materials, multi-physics engineering, electromagnetic compatibility and interference, computational methods, bioelectromagnetics. 
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