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James Barger, Ph.D. (M.S. Mechanical Engineering '60)

NAE Induction: 2010

Citation: For applications of acoustic technology and engineering solutions for the benefit of national security and society.

Dr. James Barger is Chief Scientist with Raytheon BBN Technologies of Cambridge, MA.

His areas of expertise include sonar, underwater noise detection and reduction, broadband medical ultrasound, sensors for geophysical seismic exploration, and noise and vibration cancellation. During his career with BBN, Dr. Barger has contributed to making BBN renowned for pioneering some of the world’s most sophisticated acoustical and telecommunications technologies. In 1978, he provided expert testimony to Congress regarding the likely number of shots fired at President John F. Kennedy based on acoustical analyses of audio recordings. Dr. Barger was instrumental in the design of explosive line arrays used by the Navy’s Distant Thunder Sonar System; designed and tested the patented, BBN-made system used by all tension leg platforms (e.g., offshore oil rigs); and analyzed and designed sound sources for geophysical seismic exploration. He was inducted into the UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2003 and received the School of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002. Dr. Barger earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, his M.S. in mechanical engineering at UConn, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics at Harvard University.

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