Chair and Professor

Jeff Frolik received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Alabama in 1986. He was then employed as a systems engineering with Hughes Aircraft Company working as a payload specialist on direct broadcast satellites. He completed his MS in Electrical Engineering in 1988 from the University of Southern California and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering - Systems from the University of Michigan in 1995. He then consulted for two years on satellite-related projects (and taught snowboarding one winter). He joined Tennessee Technological University as an Assistant Professor in 1998 and moved to UVM in 2002 where he is presently a Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering. He has spent sabbaticals as a research scientist at UC Santa Barbara's Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL) and the University of Oxford (UK). In Spring of 2017 held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair position at the Czech Technical University in Prague. He is co-founder of the cleantech startup company, Packetized Energy.


M. Golmohamadi and J. Frolik, A geometric scattering model for circularly polarized indoor channels, IEEE Transactions Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 68, No. 3, March 2020.

S.Chowdhury and J.Frolik, Coordinating three-branch diversity switching using a hidden Markov model, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2020.

M. Golmohamadi, A. Narbudowicz and J. Frolik, Mitigating indoor channels with quadpolarization diversity, IEEE Antenna and Wireless Propagation Letters, Vol. 18, No. 6, June 2019.

P. Rezaei, J. Frolik and P. Hines, Packetized plug-in electric vehicle charge management, IEEE Transactions Smart Grid, Vol. 5, No. 2, March 2014. Also presented at the IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, Washington DC, July 27-29, 2014.

J. Kay and J. Frolik, An expedient wireless sensor automaton with system scalability and efficiency benefits, IEEE Trans. Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part A, Vol. 38, No. 6, November 2008.

J. Frolik, A case for considering hyper-Rayleigh fading channels, IEEE Trans. Wireless Communications, Vol. 6, No. 4, April 2007.

Awards and Recognition

  • IEEE Region 1: 3D - Outstanding Teaching in an IEEE area of interest (University or College) Award, 2015
  • IEEE Green Mountain Section Faculty of the Year Award, 2011
  • IEEE Green Mountain Section Innovation Award, 2007
  • ASEE Southeastern Section New Teacher Award, 2002
  • Co-recipient: TTU's L.E. Sissom Innovation and Creativity Award, 2002
  • TTU's L.E. Sissom Innovation and Creativity Award, 2000
  • Hughes Aircraft Co. Fellowship for Doctoral Study, 1991-1994

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Wireless Communications, Sensor Networks, and Distributed Control Algorithms


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering - University of Michigan
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering - University of Southern California
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering - University of South Alabama


  • (802) 656-0732
Office Location:

Votey 301D

Courses Taught

  • EE 171 - Signals and Systems
  • EE 174 - Communication Systems
  • EE 278 - Wireless Communication Systems