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James Breakall

Professor and Applied Research Laboratory Appointment

Affiliation(s):

  • School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering

225 Electrical Engineering East

jkb1@psu.edu

814-865-2228

Research Areas:

Electromagnetics

Interest Areas:

Antennas, Propagation, Computational EM modeling, Radio engineering, Electromagnetics, Analog.

 
 

 

Education

  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Penn State, 1975
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Penn State, 1979
  • Ph D, Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, Case Western Reserve University, 1983

Publications

Parts of Book

  • James K Breakall, 2013, Amateur Radio's Contributions to Antenna Design
  • James K Breakall, 2013, The Wave Antenna for 200 Meter Reception of Harold H. Beverage
  • James K Breakall, 2013, A 14-Mc. Rotary Beam Antenna for Transmitting and Receiving of Jhon Shanklin
  • John D. Kraus and James K Breakall, 2013, Directional Antennas with Closely-Spaced Elements, The T-Matched Antenna
  • James K Breakall, 2013, The Multimatch Antenna System of Chester Buchanan
  • James K Breakall, 2013, Yagi Antenna Design of James Lawson
  • James K Breakall, 2013, Transmission Line Transformers of Jerry Sevick
  • James K Breakall, 2013, MININEC: The Other Edge of the Sword of Roy Lewallen
  • James K Breakall, 2013, A Receiving Antenna that Rejects Local Noise of Brian Beezley

Journal Articles

  • Timothy Garner, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, James K Breakall and Craig F Bohren, 2016, "Time Domain Electromagnetic Scattering by a Sphere in Uniform Translational Motion", Journal of the Optical Society of America, pp. 10
  • James K Breakall, Joe Taylor and Angel Vazquez, 2010, "Moonbounce from Arecibo Observatory", American Radio Relay League (ARRL) QST Journal
  • James K Breakall, 2010, "trip to Jicamarca Observatory, Peru", EE Newsletter

Conference Proceedings

  • Mohamed Khalil, James K Breakall, Glenn Minko, Paul Parsons and Kate J Duncan, 2013, "Simulation and Experimental Results for a Planar Strip Dipole over PEC and Ferrite Nanoparticle Composite Ground Planes", 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and CNC/USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting
  • Kate J Duncan, James K Breakall, Rex Hall and Gary Katulka, 2013, "Screen Printed Dipole Antenna for Army Textile Platforms", 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and CNC/USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting
  • Mohamed Khalil, James K Breakall, Kate J Duncan and Glenn Minko, 2013, "Simulation and Experimental Results for a Planar Strip Dipole Over PEC and Ferrite-Metmaterial Ground Planes", USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meeting (NRSM)
  • James K Breakall, Dinesh Agrawal and Tania Slawecki, 2013, "Materials Processing in E and H Fields at Microwave Frequencies", 2013 Materials in Extreme Environments Conference
  • James K Breakall, Dinesh Agrawal and Tania Slawecki, 2013, "Burning Water with High Power High Frequency (HF) Energy", 2013 Materials in Extreme Environments Conference
  • James K Breakall, 2013, "The New Arecibo HF Facility Dual Array Cassegrain Antenna", The New Arecibo HF Facility Dual Array Cassegrain Antenna
  • James K Breakall, Mohamed Khalil, Johnny Daniel, Glenn Minko and Ted Pursche, 2012, "Investigation of UHF Performance Characteristics of Antennas over Various PEC, Dielectric, Ferrite, and Hybrid PEC-Metamaterial Groundplanes", 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and CNC/USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting
  • Jeffrey Boksiner, Chrysanthou Chrysanthos, James K Breakall, Jonathan Lee, Mashuk Billah, Timothy Bocskor and David Barton, 2012, "Modeling of Radiowave Propagation in Tunnels", IEEE Miltary Communications Conference - MILCOM 2012
  • James K Breakall, 2011, "The New Arecibo HF Facility Design as a Tribute to Prof. Robert Collin", IEEE Special Memorial Session for Prof. Collin at IEEE/URSI Symposium
  • Timothy Garner, Akhlesh Lakhtakia and James K Breakall, , "Relativistic Scattering by a Dispersive Sphere", IEEE

Manuscripts

  • Kate Duncan, Johnny Daniel, Glenn Minko and James K Breakall, 2014, "Screen Printed L-band Circularly Polarized Antenna for Textile Platforms"
  • Johnny Daniel, Glenn Minko, Paul Parsons, Kate Duncan and James K Breakall, 2014, "Simulation and Experimental Results for a Crossed- Dipole over PEC and Ferrite Nanoparticle Composite Ground Planes"
  • Kate Duncan, Sean Bernard, Zachary Larimore, Larry Holmes and James K Breakall, , "Direct-Write Techniques for the Fabrication of Flexible Antenna Structures"

Research Projects

  • March 2014 - March 2016, "US Army Engineering and Testing Support FY-14," (Sponsor: Naval Sea Systems Command).
  • January 2012 - February 2014, "RF Engineering and Testing Support FY12 -13," (Sponsor: US Army CERDEC, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, MD).
  • March 2012 - September 2013, "RF Engineering and Testing Support FY-12," (Sponsor: Naval Sea Systems Command).
  • April 2008 - August 2010, "Further Design and Modeling of the New Arecibo Cassegrain HF Feed During Fabrication, Construction, Installation, and Testing," (Sponsor: Cornell University).
  • July 2008 - June 2009, "Polarized Particle Beam Effects on Condensed Matter," (Sponsor: Protective Systems, LLC$).
  • April 2008 - April 2009, "Further Design and Modeling of the New Arecibo Cassegrain HF Feed During Fabrication, Construction, Installation, and Testing," (Sponsor: Cornell University).
  • April 2007 - February 2009, "Transient Wave Interaction Model and numerical Analysis for the Embedded Meta-Material Structure," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Army).
  • April 2007 - February 2008, "Transient Wave Interaction Model and numerical Analysis for the Embedded Meta-Material Structure," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Army).
  • August 2006 - March 2007, "RF Propagation Modeling Survey and Enhancement," (Sponsor: Battelle).
  • August 2006 - August 2007, "Reconfigurable Artificial Magnetic Conductor Surface," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Army).
  • September 2006 - October 2007, "Design and Modeling of a New Modified Arecibo HF Feed Using a Cassegrain Configuration with a Sub-Reflector," (Sponsor: Cornell University).
  • February 2004 - December 2005, "Developing Spectrum Sharing Techniques," (Sponsor: Star-H Corporation^).
  • May 2003 - February 2005, "Arecibo HF Feed Final Experimental Validation Phase Two Task," (Sponsor: Cornell University).
  • April 2005 - October 2005, "Artificial Magnetic Conductors: A Tunable Lower-Frequency High Impedance Surface," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Army).
  • March 2004 - December 2005, "NVIS Antenna Program - Army," (Sponsor: Star-H Corporation^).
  • January 2004 - March 2005, "NVIS Army," (Sponsor: Star-H Corporation^).
  • February 2004 - November 2004, "Developing Spectrum Sharing Techniques," (Sponsor: Star-H Corporation^).

Honors and Awards

  • Sarnoff Citation Award, Radio Club of America, January 2017 - December 2017
  • 25 Year Award, College of Engineering, 2015 - 2015
  • 5 Year Award, Sabre Systems Inc., 2015 - 2015
  • Fetter Fellowship Award, Charles Fetter Endowment, 1995 - 1998
  • Mainstay Award, Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society, 1995 - 1995
  • Outstanding Research Award, College of Engineering, 1995 - 1995

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Member, Undergraduate, January 2015
  • Committee Work, Evaluator, Ferraro Award, January 2015
  • Committee Work, Member, Lab Committee, January 2015
  • Committee Work, Member, Ph.D. EM Candidacy Exam, January 2015
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Faculty Advisor, Penn State Amateur Radio Club, January 2015
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Coordinator, FCC License Trustee, Penn State Amateur Radio Club, January 2015
  • Other, Prepare/Grade Certification Exams, FCC Volunteer Examiner, College, January 2003

Service to External Organizations:

  • Service to Business and Industry, Reviewer, January 2009
 


 

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