Dr. Ryan Christopher Toonen

Dr. Ryan Christopher Toonen

Title: Assistant Professor
Dept/Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office: ASEC 555 (Lab ASEC 562)
Phone: 330-972-4259
Email: rctoonen@uakron.edu
Website: http://blogs.uakron.edu/zen-lab/
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Dr. Toonen began teaching at UA in 2013. He was previously a postdoctoral research associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado and a research engineer at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL).  While working at ARL, he received the prestigious 2012 Army Research and Development Achievement (RDA) Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement. Prior to this career, he had worked in the field of mixed-signal Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) as a design engineer.  Dr. Toonen has been awarded three US Patents and he is the recipient of the 2017 and 2018 NASA Glenn Research Center Faculty Fellowship Program award.


Nanoelectronic Devices, Millimeter-Wave Quasi-Optics, Sensor Applications of Nanomaterials


  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison 2007
  • M.A. Physics, University of Wisconsin–Madison 2007
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison 2005
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison 2002
  • B.S. Applied Mathematics, Engineering & Physics, University of Wisconsin–Madison 1999


Microelectronic Circuits I and II, Optoelectronics, Quantum Engineering, Nanoelectronics