Born and raised in Greece, John L. Volakis arrived in the United States as a teenager knowing only a few words of English. Today, he is dean of the College of Engineering and Computing and internationally recognized for introducing hybrid finite element methods, now widely used in the design of antennas and smart devices. Volakis earned his bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University and master’s and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University, where he most recently served as the Chope Chair Professor in engineering. Previously, he was a professor at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor for 19 years. He arrived at FIU in 2017.
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