​B.S. Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1971Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, 1976

"Dr. Adams has been part of every major planning effort at UVA in recent times and helped launch many of UVA's signature programs for students."

J. Milton Adams, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Over the years, Milton has held various administrative roles, from serving as associate dean for academic programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science to his role as senior vice provost, leading UVA’s strategic planning process. He has been part of every major planning effort in recent times and helped launch many of the University’s signature programs for students, from the January Term to the Jefferson Public Citizens Program, the academic service program in which students learn about effective service practices, research design and implementation of research service projects.

Adams earned his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from UVA in 1976 and returned to join the faculty in 1978. He was the driving force behind the Virginia Eningeering Online Program (formerly CGEP), a partnership among Virginia’s leading universities that began in 1983 to offer Master of Engineering degrees to qualified engineers throughout the state, and in developing the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree-completion program in UVA’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, which graduated its first non-traditional students in 2002. In 2007, he was responsible for carrying out the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which he titled “Enhancing Student Faculty Engagement,” a plan required by UVA’s accreditation body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Over the years while behind the scenes, Adams has continued to put himself in front of the classroom, continuing to teach. His “Physiology” class in the Department of Biomedical Engineering has a reputation of being one of the best courses in the Engineering School. In addition, he still accepts a full load of academic advisees annually.


  • Thomas Jefferson Award for Service
  • AIMBE Fellow
  • BMES Fellow

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular Engineering

Courses Taught

  • BME 2101 Physiology I
  • ECE 2630 ECE Fundamentals I