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Volakis to receive IEEE Distinguished Achievement Award

John VolakisProfessor John Volakis will receive the 2014 Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Antenna and Propagation Society's Distinguished Achievement Award.

The award will be presented at the at IEEE's APS/URSI Symposium in Memphis awards banquet on Wednesday, July 9. The award is being presented for the professor's "game-changing contributions to computational electromagnetics, radar scattering and antennas, and for educational leadership and service to the electromagnetics community.”

Volakis has served as director of the ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL) at The Ohio State University since 2003. He also has been president of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society since 2004, vice chair of U.S. National Committee for the International Union for Radio Science (USNC/URSI) Commission B since 2012 and member of the IEEE Fellows Evaluation Committee since 2010.

His research interests include wireless communication and propagation, antennas and arrays, RF materials and packaging, RF matching and tunable circuits, RFIDs, medical sensing, millimeter waves and terahertz, computational electromagnetics, electromagnetic compatability and interference, and scattering and diffraction.

Volakis received his PhD from The Ohio State University in 1982 and his master's degree from Ohio State in 1979. He earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from Youngstown State University in 1978.

From 1982-1984 he was with Rockwell International, Aircraft Division (now Boeing Phantom Works), in Lakewood, Calif. and from 1978-1982 he was a graduate research associate at The Ohio State University ESL.

Before teaching at Ohio State, he was a professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from 1984 to 2003. He also served as the Director of the Radiation Laboratory from 1998 to 2000.

He came to Ohio State in 2003. He was named the Roy and Lois Chope Chair Professor of Engineering at the Ohio State University in 2003.