Dr. Adams received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Ohio State University, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From January 2011 until December 2012, he was an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Electromagnetics Laboratory at the University of Illinois. He joined the faculty at NC State in 2013. Prof. Adams is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and the IEEE Open Journal of Antennas and Propagation. He is also a recipient of several national awards, including the DARPA Young Faculty Award, the U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

His research interests include electrically small and reconfigurable antennas, characteristic mode theory, time-varying antennas, and microfluidics and additive manufacturing applications in RF systems.  He is currently looking for motivated graduate students interested in these research areas.


  • Ph.D. 2011
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Master's 2007
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor's 2005
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    The Ohio State University, Columbus

Expert In

microwave , antennas

Awards & Honors

  • 2022 - William F. Lane Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 2017 - ARO Young Investigator Award
  • 2016 - DARPA Young Faculty Award
  • 2010 - FEKO Student Competition, Honourable Mention
  • 2009 - Mavis Future Faculty Fellowship (Univ. of Illinois)
  • 2008 - Antenna Applications Symposium Student Paper Contest, Finalist
  • 2005 - Dean's Distinguished University Fellowship (Ohio State)
  • 2005 - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Recent News

The Future of 6G in North Carolina

Posted on December 29, 2022 | Filed Under: Research

6GNC at NC State utilizes research teams to cover an incredible number of areas and technologies that will play a key role in 6G.

Dr. Jacob Adams Receives the 2022 William F. Lane Outstanding Teaching Award

Posted on June 5, 2022 | Filed Under: Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Jacob Adams for receiving the 2022 William F. Lane Outstanding Teaching Award!

Student with a full-size antenna.
New Study Demonstrates Radio Signal Benefits From Decades-Old Theory

Posted on April 2, 2019 | Filed Under: Research

Electrical engineers show that a longstanding radio theory has real-world utility for boosting the quality of radio signals when transmitting at high data rates, such as with military communications.

Media Mentions

‘Terminator’ liquid metal antenna created

May 29, 2015

NC State researchers have developed a liquid metal antenna that could revolutionize mobile device technology. Jacob Adams, engineering, featured.


Edit my Profile