Robert L Engelmeier

Robert L Engelmeier


2025 Salk Annex
Administrative Assistant
Mary Kate Minnick




Dr. Engelmeier spent two years practicing general dentistry in The United States Air Force (1970-1972) including a tour in Vietnam. This was followed by two years of private general practice in Provincetown, Massachusetts (1972-1974). He reentered active duty for the purpose of advanced training in maxillofacial prosthodontics/prosthetics in 1974. In all, he spent 24 years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) following two active years of service with the Massachusetts Air National Guard. He retired with the rank of Colonel at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. During his time there, he served as Program Director of the USAF Graduate Prosthodontic program, Program Director of the USAF Fellowship in Maxillofacial Prosthetics, Department of Prosthodontics Chair, and Special Consultant in Prosthodontics to the Surgeon General of the USAF. During his Air Force career, he lived and practiced in 6 states as well as overseas. Following Air Force retirement, he directed the Graduate Prosthodontic Program at the University of Texas—Houston Dental Branch for 14 years.

Dr. Engelmeier chaired the Department of Prosthodontics at the School of Dental Medicine from 2012-2017. Currently, he is the Program Director for the Prosthodontic Residency Program and is actively engaged in both graduate and undergraduate teaching at Pitt. To date, he has published more than 50 professional articles, five abstracts, and several book chapters. In addition, he has lectured at national and state meetings as well as dental study groups across the country. His research interest lies in dental materials, particularly using FEA and CAD-CAM technology. He also has continued to research and publish articles on the history of dental articulators, occlusion, and the development of denture teeth.


University of Pittsburgh, BS 1967
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, DMD 1970