Robert E. Morley, Jr.

Robert E. Morley, Jr.

Senior Professor

Electrical & Systems Engineering


DSc, Washington University in St. Louis, 1977
MS, Washington University in St. Louis, 1975
BS, Washington University in St. Louis, 1973


Professor Morley's research interests include computer engineering, low power VLSI design, computer architecture, signal processing, and microprocessor systems design. He is a co-inventor of the digital hearing aid and has been awarded 18 United States Patents related to hearing aids, anti-fraud magnetic media authentication, and mobile magnetic stripe card readers – including the first Square Inc. reader. Dr. Morley made valuable early contributions to Square Inc. in 2009 when it was first getting off the ground.


Professor Morley joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 1981 after founding Micro-Term, Inc. and serving as the company's Vice-President of Engineering for five years. While at Micro-Term, Inc., he designed the first microprocessor-based computer terminal and communication devices for the hearing impaired.

Professionally, Professor Morley is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and a Senior Member of IEEE. In 1981, he received the IEEE Young Professional Award for contributions to the St. Louis Electronics Industry.