ECE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Malik Elbuluk


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Dr. Malik Elbuluk

Dr. Malik Elbuluk

Q & A with Dr. Malik Elbuluk, Professor

Q: You have been at The University of Akron (UA) since 1989. How has the college changed over your time here and what about it inspires you to stay?

We have undergone a significant transformation towards a more research-oriented approach. In the mid 1980’s, the College strategically recruited new faculty members, shifting our university to one that prioritized research excellence. Notably, in the field of electrical engineering, I headed developing a program in power electronics, which has grown since 1989 to have a national and international reputation. This program also inspires me to stay at UA, as progress in it has always been on the rise and still going. I am very proud of this program and will continue my efforts to further promote it.

Q: What part of your research and work experience are you most proud of?

I am proud of our program in power electronics and motor drives, as well as the research we do and our ability to reach Ohio industries and federal agencies. I am also proud of my contributions to the electrical engineering department, like overhauling the curriculum and serving in many committees.

Q: What changes would you like to see in the electrical and computer engineering industries going forward?

I envision fostering stronger collaboration between industry and academia, particularly in the dynamic field of power electronics. Within our university, I find great satisfaction in the growth of enthusiasm of high school students pursuing engineering studies. Moreover, I am also keen on pioneering innovative curriculum development and exploring hybrid programs that seamlessly integrate electrical technology and computer technology by our EEET Program.

Q: What is one piece of advice to our graduating students?

Utilizing your education effectively to pursue fulfilling careers aligned with your expertise.

Q: Do you have any other advice for ECE students?

Embrace focused engagement in the classroom by minimizing distractions from mobile phones.