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Jim Breakall

Jim Breakall

Professor of Electrical Engineering

225 Electrical Engineering East

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2228

E-mail: jimb_at_psu_dot_edu

Research Area: Electromagnetics

Research Group: Antenna and Radio Engineering Lab

Dr. Breakall joined Penn State in a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering and Electromagnetics Department of the Applied Research Laboratory in 1989. Dr. Breakall's current and funded research interests involve development of techniques and a workstation package for high fidelity electromagnetic modeling including antennas, platforms, terrain, and their interaction. He also is working on several new wideband antenna designs and developing a measurement system for characterizing propagation over irregular terrain. All of this work involves individual and hybrid combinations of method of moment (MoM), geometrical theory of diffraction (GTD), and finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) techniques.


Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics

M.S. Penn State University, Electrical Engineering

B.S. Penn State University, Electrical Engineering


Antenna modeling and design, numerical modeling, computational and experimental electromagnetics, and ionospheric radio wave propagation and probing.

Selected Publications and Patents

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Honors and Awards