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Robert O'Connell Professor, P.E.

Robert M. O’Connell is a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Missouri. Prior to joining the University, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a research electronics engineer. He has conducted research and published articles on piezoelectric materials, high-power optical materials, power quality problems in power systems, power electronics, applications of linear electric motors and microwave power amplifiers. His current research interests are in power quality, power electronics and optically gated switch-mode microwave power amplifiers and engineering education. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a registered professional engineer in Missouri.

Technical Focus

  • Power electronics and systems
  • Engineering education
  • Optical switching


  • PhD and MS from the University of Illinois
  • BE from Manhattan College