E206, Thornton Hall


Adam Barnes received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1992, and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1995, also from Virginia Tech, focused on high-temperature fiber optic sensors. After a few years working with fiber optic sensors, he went to work for Vatell Corporation building, calibrating, and designing heat flux sensors and associated electronics. In 2015, he returned to his alma mater to teach engineering, first in the Engineering Education department and then in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. In 2019 he moved to the University of Virginia to continue teaching the next generation of engineers.  He is an AAAS member and interested in advancing engineering and science in both rising engineers and the general public.


B.S. Virginia Tech, 1992

M.S. Virginia Tech, 1995

Research Interests

STEM Pedagogy
Heat Flux Sensors

Selected Publications

Quest for Fire Control: Using Heat Flux Sensors to Determine Fire Safety A. E. Barnes. Sensors, Vol. 20, No. 10, Pp. 37-40, Oct. 2003
Heat Flux Sensors Part 2: Applications A. E. Barnes. Sensors, Vol. 16, No. 2, Pp. 54-57, Feb. 1999
Heat Flux Sensors Part 1: Theory A. E. Barnes. Sensors, Vol. 16, No. 1, Pp. 38-43, Jan. 1999
High Temperature Testing with Sapphire Fiber White-Light Michaelson Interferometers A. E. Barnes. J. Pedrazzani, R. May, K. A. Murphy, T. Tran, J. Coate. Proceedings of the 4th Annual Workshop: Advances in Smart Materials for Aerospace Applications, 1995, Pp. 299-304
Splicing of Sapphire and Silica Fiber A. E. Barnes, S. Gollapudi, R. May, R. Claus. Proceedings of the 18th Annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society, 1995, Pp. 112-113
Sapphire Fibers – Optical Attenuation and Splicing Techniques A.e. Barnes, R.g. May, S. Gollapudi, R.o. Claus. Applied Optics, Vol. 34, No. 30, Pp. 6855-6858, 20 Oct 1995
Creep Measurement of Refractory Material in High-Temperature Tensile Loading Tests A.e. Barnes, R.g. May, J. Pedrazzani, K.a. Murphy, R.o. Claus, T. Tran, J. Greene, S. Poland, J. Coate. Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation Conference, San Diego, Ca, 27 Feb 1995 - 01 Mar 1995
Stabilization for intensity-based sensors using two-wavelength ratio technique G.z. Wang, a.b. Wang, R.g. May, a.e. Barnes, K.a. Murphy, R.o. Claus. Conference on Self-calibrated Intelligent Optical Sensors and Systems, Philadelphia, Pa, 25 Oct 1995 - 26 Oct 1995