Dr. Enrique Barbieri
Professor and Chair
Office: NTRP F115
Faculty Page: https://faculty.unt.edu/editprofile.php?pid=3660
Areas of Research
Controls Systems Technology
Applications in Biomedical Engineering
Enrique Barbieri is from Caracas, Venezuela, and received the B.S. (1981, Computer Option), M.S. (1984, Digital Systems), and Ph.D. (1988, Control Systems) degrees from the Electrical Engineering Department at The Ohio State University. In July 1988 he joined the Electrical Engineering Department at Tulane University as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to tenured Associate Professor in July 1994. He was appointed Chair of the new Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in July 1996 with the charge to build a cohesive vision for the merged operations of BS, MS, and PhD degree programs in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, and to oversee a $2M renovation of the department’s facilities including classroom, office, and research space planning and allocation. In July 1998, he returned to full-time teaching and research. In August 2002, he joined the University of Houston as Professor and Chair of the new Department of Engineering Technology, served in that position through August 2009, and then as Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies for the College of Technology through July 2010. Managing a departmental budget that exceeded $2M, as Chair of the Department of Engineering Technology (2002-2009) he was responsible for B.S. degree programs in Biotechnology (new in 2007), Computer Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Electrical Power Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Surveying Engineering Technology (new in 2007); and for a Master of Technology degree with two specialization tracks. During 2002-09, the Department increased its full-time faculty/staff by over 50% to 33, with a third of the new hires being members of under-represented minorities; undergraduate/graduate enrollments increased from 711/20 (2004) to 918/70 (2009), and externally funded expenditures grew from $20K (FY04) to $716K (FY09). He was appointed Director of the Center for Technology Literacy in 2006 and worked with faculty and staff to increase the Center’s funding portfolio from less than $100K to over $4M by 2010. During his Associate Dean tenure (09-10), the College graduate enrollment grew by another 28% to 342 (out of 2368 students), the College was awarded the largest single federal contract by the DOE ($2.5M), and the Master of Technology programs in the College were converted to Master of Science, while also creating two new tracks in Systems Control Technology and in Mechanical Engineering Technology within the department of Engineering Technology. In January 2011, he joined the University of North Texas, College of Engineering, as Professor and Chair of the Department of Engineering Technology.
He has been the PI or Co-PI of research grants, contracts, and fundraising projects from federal, state, and private agencies exceeding $3.7M, and is the co-recipient of a US patent on a 3D ultrasonic ranging system with application to motion detection in flexible structures. He has published on the synthesis of sensing and control algorithms for heart arrhythmia and for electromechanical systems and industrial processes such as redundant robots, flexible structures, automatic arc-welding (temperature field sensing and control), and rocket propulsion testing. More recently, he has published on educational and human resource development topics. His teaching interests are in the Systems Control Engineering Technology area. He received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Graduate School Student Association of Tulane University (1995-96). He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Control Systems Society. He was a Technical Associate Editor of IEEE Control Systems Magazine, (92-95), and served at different times in a variety of positions such as Finance Chair, Exhibits Chair, Program Co-Chair, Publicity Chair and Associate Editor for national and international conferences. He co-directed the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center-Gulf Coast (TMAC) during the 2005-06 Center’s transition to the College of Technology; was a member of the TMAC Executive Council (2006 - 2011); and served as Chair of the Council (2007-09). He was a Board member (2005-08) for the Engineering Technology Leadership Institute of the ASEE. He has consulted for Technology International Inc., LaPlace, LA (1994), on developing a microprocessor educational toolkit; for Intralox, New Orleans, LA (1998) on modeling of a conveyor-belt; and for Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin & Oshinsky LLP (2001-2006) on patent litigation providing technical and claim interpretation opinions, deposition testimony, courtroom testimony, and infringement reports dealing with microprocessor-based remote control of TV security camera equipment.