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A-State Remains Closed Through Friday. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6, due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and regular hours over the weekend.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • The SunBelt basketball match-ups with South Alabama will be played as scheduled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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(870) 972-3820

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(870) 972-2093

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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