Dr. Barbe is the Director of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech). He received B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University in 1962 and 1964, respectively. In 1969 he received the Ph.D. degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Electrical Engineering.
After positions at Westinghouse, the Naval Research Laboratory and the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, he joined the University of Maryland in 1985 where he is currently Executive Director of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Barbe was awarded the rank of Fellow of the IEEE in 1978 for his pioneering work on charge coupled device imagers, now used in digital cameras, camcorders, fax machines and numerous defense and medical applications. He has published and presented over 100 technical papers in the area of electronics and electro-optics and was an IEEE Electron Devices Society National Lecturer in 1988. His more recent publications are in the field of technology entrepreneurship and innovation. He was chairman of the American Society of Engineering Education Entrepreneurship Division from 2005 to 2006.
The Hinman CEOs Program, for which he is the Faculty Director, received the Stanford University Innovative Entrepreneurship Educators Award in 2002, and Dr. Barbe received the American Society of Engineering Education Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educators Award in 2003. He was also awarded the Olympus Lifetime of Educational Innovation Award in 2008.