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Professor of Electrical Engineering


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, 1983
  • M.S.E.E., University of Missouri-Rolla, 1980
  • B.S.-Physics, Arkansas State University, 1978

Professional Credentials

  • Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Arkansas

Teaching Specialties

  • Electrical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Semiconductor materials and devices
  • Materials engineering and science
  • Thin film deposition
  • Electrochemistry
  • Optoelectronics
  • Photovoltaics
  • Environmentally benign materials and processes
  • Engineering education


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Electrochemical Society (ECS)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)


Dr. Robert D. Engelken has been an ASU electrical engineering faculty member since 1982 and is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering, and a licensed Professional Engineer in Arkansas. He is also a charter Faculty Associate in ASU's multi-disciplinary Environmental Science graduate program. He has been very active in research and development in the field of semiconductor thin films and devices, particularly in the fields of electrodeposition and chemical precipitation deposition of such, with a major emphasis on undergraduate instruction and utilization of undergraduate research assistants in the field.

He has had numerous research projects sponsored by agencies such as NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority, and industry. He also has played an active, senior role in the development of the electrical engineering program at ASU and has been active in the field of engineering education, including several presentations and papers at ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education conferences and ASEE annual conferences, on topics such as undergraduate and faculty research and new engineering educators. He has been active in ASEE, IEEE (including serving as Faculty Counselor of the ASU IEEE Student Branch which he chartered in 1983), the Electrochemical Society, and the Arkansas Academy of Science. He is married and has two sons.


Robert Engelken

Contact Information

P: 870-972-3227
F: 870-972-3948


Building: Lab Science West
Room: 130 D

Alternative Contact

Jennifer Cortez
P: 870-972-2088