David Barbe

David Barbe is Executive 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.


David Barbe has applied for and been awarded 3 grants

  • Alertus Technologies

    Began March, 2003 and ended April, 2004

    The Alertus Technologies E-Team ("Alertus"), in a unique partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park, through the Hinman CEOs (Campus Entrepreneurship Opportunities) Program, is develiping a proprietary wireless communications solution for the dissemination of emergency warning and emergency notification information. The system will utilize an innovative wireless digital communications technology to achieve a state-of-the-art dissemination mechanism. The Alertus E-Team is seeking funding for pre-launch and initial launch costs that will be incurred to offer this system to closed communities (university campuses, industrial campuses, government buildings, skyscrapers, etc.) including prototype development, testing, and patenting expenses. Existing warning systems on the market are technologically obsolete and generally only contain centrally located sirens and limited public announcement capabilities, which do not fully cover the empowering information to the right people at the right time. For the cost of traditional systems, Alertus will provide a secure and localized digital text-based emergency alert system. The Alertus system will contain four pieces of proprietary technology: (1) a front-end software interface into which emergency alerts can be inputted; (2) conversion software transforming data entered through computers into wireless communique (3) protocols for security and encryption; and (4) mobile-capable information receivers, equipped with small screens, strobe lights, and sirens, that can be triggered remotely by an information-sender.

    With the team:

    • Evan Crierie Office of Research Administration & Advancement, University of Maryland
    • David Barbe
  • Know Wear Kinetic Performance Optimization

    Began August, 2003 and ended July, 2004

    The Know Wear Team proposes to create an innovative, portable device for athletes wishing to optimize their kinetic performance by enhancing the information available to them with a system for incorporating GPS and accelerometer technology. The prototype will consist of an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Garmin GPS receiver, antenna, a Parallax Basic or Java Stamp microcontroller, external Smart Card memory for data logging, backlit display, and a tri-axial accelerometer system. The prototype will be designed to complement bio-feedback systems such as heart rate monitors, ultimately giving the user detailed statistics corresponding to an inteval of motion. The data will be transferable to a computer on which specific software applications would analyze the readings according to various sports.

    With the team:

    • Evan Crierie Office Administrator, Office of Research Administration and Advancement, University of Maryland
    • David Barbe
  • David F. Barbe, University of Maryland

    Began December, 1969 and ended December, 1969

    Provost Nariman Farvardin, in his letter of nomination, states that Dr. Barbe’s contributions at the University of Maryland (UM) have been transformational, and the basis for this statement should be evident from the documents that support this nomination. Starting in 1999 when there was essentially no technology entrepreneurship culture at UM, Dr. Barbe developed, over several years, a comprehensive set of programs, curricula and activities that have established an exciting and effective tech entrepreneurship culture on the UM campus. This culture has impacted over a thousand students and faculty at UM as well as entrepreneurs across the region and the nation. His vision, personal commitment and hard work have moved UM forward into the top tier in terms of tech entrepreneurship. His contributions go well beyond the UM campus. His Hinman CEOs program and Technology Startup Boot Camp have become national models that are replicated across the US. Also, the award-winning Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Program which he conceived in the 1980’s has received national acclaim for its innovation and effectiveness. In summary, Dr. Barbe has a proven record of sustained and effective leadership in creating one of the leading innovative technology entrepreneurship cultures at a US university through multiple successful programs. In conclusion, it is believed that the innovations and positive transformational change that Dr. Barbe has achieved for the University of Maryland and the translation of these results to other universities are truly worthy of the Olympus Innovation Award.

    With the team:

    • David Barbe