Dean Y. Arakaki

Associate Professor

Phone: 805-756-2625
Office: 20-302
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Course Schedule - Fall 2016

Course Section Date/Time Room
Electromagnetic Fields and Transmission EE 335-01 Monday, Wednesday
4:10 p.m.-6 p.m.  
Room: 020-0140 
Electromagnetic Fields and Transmission Laboratory EE 375-02 Friday
3:10 p.m.-6 p.m.  
Room: 020-0116 
High-frequency Amplifier Design EE 405-01 Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:10 a.m.-11 a.m.  
Room: 186-C102 
High Frequency Amplifier Design Laboratory EE 445-01 Tuesday
3:10 p.m.-6 p.m.  
Room: 020-0116 


Dean Arakaki received the B.S.E.E. in 1984 from Cal Poly Pomona, M.B.A. in 1989 and M.S.E.E. in 1992 from Cal State Long Beach, and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 2000 from Penn State University, University Park, PA. He worked in the power electronics area at TRW, Hughes Aircraft Company, and Lockheed Martin (formerly Martin Marietta). He also worked in the Antenna, Microwave, and Systems Department at Raytheon Systems Company in Goleta, CA.

In the summers of 2002 and 2003, he worked in the Spacecraft Antennas Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA as part of NASA's Summer Faculty Fellowship Program. This work involved the analysis and design of reflectarray antennas used on several spacecraft projects at JPL. In the summer of 2004, he worked in the Radar Analysis Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, DC as part of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program. This work involved a reciprocity-based calculation of the power received by a dual reflector system irradiated by an antenna array located in the far-zone. In the summers of 2006 and 2008, he worked at Oceanit Laboratories, Honolulu, Hawaii on communications systems operated by the US Marines. This work involved computer modeling of flush-mounted waveguide aperture and microstrip Yagi antenna arrays to replace high-profile dipole and reflector antennas.

He has taught laboratory courses at Penn State both at the University Park campus and at the DuBois branch campus, and has conducted research in the computational electromagnetics area focusing on the analysis of conformal and reflector antennas. He joined the Cal Poly faculty in August 2001 and teaches courses in RF systems, electromagnetics, antennas, and electronic circuits.

Teaching and Research Interests

Computational Electromagnetics


RF Systems



  • Anechoic Chamber
    The Cal Poly EE Department operates a microwave-band Antenna Anechoic Chamber to complement coursework and student and company-sponsored projects in the antennas and RF (radio frequency) area.
  • Algae Biofuel
    This Boeing-sponsored multidisciplinary research project focuses on algae cell biofuel production involving Cal Poly’s Biological Sciences, Food Sciences, and Electrical Engineering departments. We use pulsed electric fields to lyse (open) algae cells to release lipids for biofuel applications.
  • EMC Laboratory
    The EE Department also operates the ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Laboratory (UHF range) for student and industry-sponsored projects and pre-qualification EMC characterization including radiated and conducted emissions, and radiated susceptibility and immunity testing.