PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of California - Santa Barbara, 1997

"My research goal is to improve the performance of optoelectronic devices, operating in the infrared, for applications ranging from chemical sensing to night vision to next-generation communication systems. "

Archie Holmes is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia and currently serves as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. He received his B.S. (highest honors) from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.S. and PhD. degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to joining UVA in 2007, Archie was an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin and holder of the Lybarger Endowed Faculty Fellowship. During his career, Archie has had an active research program focused on the development of novel optoelectronics devices. More recently, his research has been extended into discipline-based education research where he investigates instructional interventions which assist students in their transition from novice to expert problem solvers. Over his career, Archie has co-authored over 120 referred technical articles and 80 conference presentations. As vice provost for academic affairs, Archie provides leadership and oversight for academic programs, planning and compliance, and the core academic functions of the University on behalf of the Provost.


  • Distinguished Service Award, Educational Materials and Research Division, American Society of Engineering Education 2017
  • Thomas E. Hutchinson Faculty Award Winner 2013
  • The Hartfield–Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prize 2012
  • IEEE Senior Member 2005

Research Interests

  • Optoelectronic Devices
  • Engineering Education