Jeff Frolik is a Professor in Electrical Engineering and whose research focuses on sensor networks, wireless communications, and distributed control. This work has resulted in over 150 peer-reviewed publications, 12 patents, and has involved over 30 graduate students. The work has been supported by industry and by NSF, DOE, NASA, and DOT.

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.

Contact Info
Office: VOTEY 301D
Phone: 802.656.0732
Email: JFROLIK@UVM.EDU

Education

Ph.D. E.E. – Systems: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, Ann Arbor, MI (1995)

MSEE: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles, CA (1988)

BSEE: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA, Mobile, AL (1986)

Experience

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT, Burlington, VT (2002-date)

TENNESSEE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, Cookeville, TN (1998-2002)†

INDEPENDENT SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT (1995 – 1998)

HUGHES AIRCRAFT COMPANY, Los Angeles, CA. (1986 – 1995)

Publications

Publications 2022

S. Chowdhury, J. Frolik and A. Benslimane, Switching-based Selection Techniques for Tripolar Antennas in Multi-hop IoT Networks, in press, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, accepted February 2022.

M. Almassalkhi, J. Frolik, and P. Hines, Packetizing the Power Grid, invited article to IEEE Spectrum, February 2022. Online: https://spectrum.ieee.org/packetized-power-grid

Publications 2021

E. Fennelly and J. Frolik, Phase measurement and correction for software defined radio systems.  IEEE Wireless & Microwave Technology Conference. Virtual. April 2021.

T. Laracy and J. Frolik, A software defined radio interrogator for passive harmonic transponder. IEEE Wireless & Microwave Technology Conference. Virtual. April 2021.

R. Ramirez, M. Golmohamadi, J. Jamison, J. Frolik, T. Weller, Additive manufactured, on-package 2.4 GHz tripolar antenna systems for harsh wireless channels, IEEE Wireless & Microwave Technology Conference. Virtual. April 2021.

Publications 2020

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.

B. Hewgill, R. McGinnis and J. Frolik, A low-cost modular health monitoring garment. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference. Montreal QC. June 20-24, 2020.

A. Doiron, R. McGinnis, J. Bates, J. Uriarte, N. Fiorentino and J. Frolik, Work in Progress: A vertically-integrated, project-focused approach to undergraduate biomedical engineering education. ASEE Annual Conference, Montreal QC. June 21-24, 2020.

S. Chowdhury, L. Hébert-Dufresne and J. Frolik, Effective implementation of energy aware polarization diversity for IoT networks using eigenvector centrality. NetSci-X 2020. Tokyo JP. January 20-22, 2020. 

Publications 2019

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.

L. Duffaut Espinosa and J. Frolik, A localized and packetized approach to distributed power inverter management, IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, Atlanta GA, August 4-8, 2019. 

J. Frolik, A threshold trade-off study for 3-way switch diversity, European Conference on Antennas & Propagation, Krakow PL, April 1-5, 2019. 

Research Highlights and News

Our work has demonstrated that channel fading characteristics can be worse than previous considered for wireless systems; fading we have deemed to be hyper-Rayleigh.

Algorithms, originally designed to coordinate the communications of wireless sensors, have been applied to coordinating electric loads through a patented technique referred to as packetized energy management.

Recent graduate, Dr. Marcia Golmohamadi, is now an assistant professor at Cal State Bakersfield. Congratulations!  

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