Frank S. Barnes is the recipient of the 2004 Gordon Prize for pioneering an Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP) that produces leaders who bridge engineering, social sciences, and public policy. He joined the University of Colorado Boulder in 1959. In addition to co-founding the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, he has taught in the areas of optical electronics, bioelectromagnetics, and optical communications. He has supervised more than 30 PhD and 200 MS thesis students on a wide range of subjects, from optical fiber design to the design of rural telephone systems for third world countries. He holds thirteen patents and has authored more than 150 papers.
Barnes has been awarded the Curtis McGraw Research Award from American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the Leon Montgomery Award from the International Communications Association, the 2003 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Education Society Achievement Award, and the 2002 Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Distinguished Educator Award from ASEE. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), IEEE, and the International Engineering Consortium and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
He received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1954 from Princeton University and his master of science, engineer, and doctorate degrees from Stanford University in 1955, 1956, and 1958, respectively.