Richard E. Haskell

Emeritus Professor of Engineering

Richard E. Haskell photo

Richard E. Haskell is an emeritus professor of engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science. He received his Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1963, and joined the faculty at Oakland in 1966. He has worked for General Electric in Schenectady, NY., KMS Industries in Ann Arbor, and served as Director of Research and Development at Industrial Holographics, Inc., Auburn Heights, Michigan, while on leave from the University in 1977-78. In this position he was responsible for the development of microprocessor-based industrial controllers and advanced product development. He has also worked in government laboratories at the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories and at the Johnson Spacecraft Center. He has consulted with several industrial firms in the areas of optical inspection, microprocessors, embedded control systems, and pattern recognition. He retired in 2012 after 46 years of teaching at Oakland University. He currently lives in New Hampshire.

Professor Haskell's research interests have included plasma physics, holography and coherent optics, pattern recognition and image processing, computer learning, and microprocessor applications and embedded systems. Dr. Haskell was listed in the 1975 Edition of Outstanding Educators in America and is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America. His 1967 paper in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation was named one of the ten best papers of the year to be published in that journal. In addition to his published research work, Dr. Haskell is the author of over thirty books and holds six patents. He is a member of Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi.


B.E.E., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1960
M.E.E., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1961
Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1963


June-September 1958-59 Engineering Inspector. New Hampshire State Highway Department, Concord, New Hampshire; inspected construction of highways and bridges.

June-September 1960 Electrical Engineer. General Engineering Laboratory, General Electric Co., Schenectady, New York; worked in the development and testing of tunnel diode and parametric amplifiers.

1961-1963 Research Assistant. Plasma Research Laboratory, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York; conducted research in the interaction of microwaves with anisotropic plasmas.

1963-1966 Plasma Physicist. Microwave Physics Laboratory, Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories, Bedford, Mass.; conducted research in wave-plasma interactions. Monitored government contracts in the field of plasma physics.

1965-1966 Lecturer. (Part-time) Center for Continuing Education, Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.; taught course in Plasma Dynamics.

August 1966-June 1968 Assistant Professor of Engineering, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

May-August 1968 Optical Engineer. KMS Industries, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan; development work in the area of coherent optics and optical data processing.

July 1968-June 1972 Associate Professor of Engineering, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

August 1972-June 1973 On leave at the NASA Johnson Spacecraft Center, Houston, Texas; developed optical and digital methods of processing multispectral data.

Sept.1977-August 1978 Director of Research and Development. Industrial Holographics, Inc., Auburn Heights, Michigan.

July 1972-2012 Professor of Engineering, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

2013 Emeritus Professor of Engineering, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.


Chairman: International Haskell Family Association

Member: Sons of the American Revolution

Member: General Society of Mayflower Descendants

Member: Society of Mayflower Descendants In the State of New Hampshire

Member: Thomas Rogers Society

Member: The Winthrop Society

Member: The Sons & Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts

Listed: Marquis Who'sWho Lifetime Achievement

Member: Writers of the Round Table – a weekly neighborhood writing group in which we write to a random prompt for twenty minutes. We have published four volumes of our writings, which you can find on Amazon by clicking the following book covers.

Writers of the Round Table - Volume 4 book cover
Writers of the Round Table - Volume 4 book cover
Writers of the Round Table - Volume 4 book cover
Writers of the Round Table - Volume 4 book cover

In 2018, Edie and I took a group tour through the Swiss Alps and up the Rhine River on a riverboat. I wanted to keep a journal of what we did, who we met and what we saw. But to make it more interesting, I decided to write it as a fictional spy novel, adding to the novel each night on the trip. Called Riverboat Spy, you can read it by clicking on the cover photo.

Photo of Riverboat Spy cover