Jacob Adams

Associate Professor
 Monteith Research Center (MRC) 445
 Campus Box 7911


Dr. Adams received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Ohio State University in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. From January 2011 until December 2012, he was an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Associateiate in the Electromagnetics Laboratory at the University of Illinois. He joined the faculty at NC State in 2013.

Dr. Adams develops antennas for a variety of applications, including mobile communications, wireless sensing, and defense systems. He is also interested in novel materials and fabrication methods for multifunctional, conformal, and flexible microwave devices. In addition, Dr. Adams studies the application of eigendecomposition techniques to improve antenna modeling and design. 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

  • 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

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.

Interviewing the Interviewers: What Companies Look For in Employees

Posted on September 16, 2017 | Filed Under: Events and News

If you have ever wondered what qualities companies are looking for when hiring college students, you’re not the only one. Thankfully, a few companies were able to answer that for us.

Model Makes Designing New Antennas Orders of Magnitude Faster

Posted on April 20, 2016 | Filed Under: Graduate Students and News and Research

Researchers in North Carolina State University’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering have developed a model that allows antenna designers to identify efficient configurations for antenna designs in minutes, rather than days.

Recent 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.


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