Photograph of Frank Barnes, Distinguished Professor
Distinguished Professor • Professor Emeritus

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Professor Frank Barnes is a professor emeritus of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his B.S. from Princeton University in electrical engineering in 1954. He went on to earn his M.S., Engineer and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1955, 1956, and 1958, respectively. Barnes joined the University of Colorado in 1959.

In 1997, Professor Barnes was appointed as a Distinguished Professor. He has served as Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Acting Dean of the College of Engineering.  Barnes cofounded the Technology, Cybersecurity and Policy Program with Professor George Codding, Political Science Department, and directed that program on three different occasions.

Frank Barnes is a fellow of IEEE, AAAS, and ICA. He has served as Vice President of IEEE for publication, editor of the IEEE Student Journal, editor of the IEEE Transactions on Education, Chairman of the Electron Device Society, and as a Distinguished Lecturer.  He has also served as president of the Bioelectromagnetics society, and as U.S. Chair of Commission K-International Union of Radio Sciences (URSI).  In 2001, Barnes was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and in 2004 he received the Gordon Prize for innovations in Engineering Education from the National Academy.

Barnes’ work in telecommunications includes the design of lasers, optical fibers, and Rotman lenses for directional antennas at millimeter waves. He developed an educational program that included law and policy, and economics as a fundamental part of a technical program

He and his students have built lasers, flash lamps, super conductors, avalanche photo diodes and other electron devices as well as worked on the effects of electric and magnetic fields on biology. Recently, they have shown that a weak magnetic field can both increase and inhibit the growth rate of two kinds of cancer and e-coli, and shown that there is corresponding change in reactive oxygen and hydrogen peroxide.

Professor Barnes’ other activities include working on energy storage for renewable energy and the integration of wind and solar energy into the grid.