A picture of Thomas P III Barnwell smiling
Official Job Title
Professor Emeritus
Emeritus Length of Service
Technical Interest Group(s)

Dr. Barnwell grew up in Florida and attended MIT, where he earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in 1965, 1967, and 1970 respectively. At MIT, he developed the first speech synthesis-by-rule system for the MIT reading machine.

Dr. Barnwell came to Georgia Tech in 1971 and retired in 2006. During his 35 years at Georgia Tech, Dr. Barnwell played a major role in establishing ECE's Digital Signal Processing Group as one of the finest in the world. An internationally recognized leader in speech coding and digital signal processing, he authored two books and numerous research papers, and he received numerous awards for research, education, and entrepreneurship.

  • Computer-Enhanced Education
  • Speech Analysis, Synthesis and Coding
  • Multiprocessor Architectures for Digital Signal Processing
  • Digital Signal Processing Algorithms
  • Objective Speech Quality Measures
Distinctions & Awards
  • 2014 IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal
  • IEEE Third Millenium Medal
  • Outstanding Innovative Use of Educational Technology Award (Georgia Tech)
  • The DoD Letter of Appreciation for developing the 2400 BPS Federal Standard Speech Coder
  • Technical Achievement Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society
  • Georgia Advanced Technology Development Center Award for Entrepreneurship
  • Fellow of the IEEE
  • Rockwell Fellow
  • Georgia Tech Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Advisor (Georgia Tech)
  • Sigma Xi Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Advisor
  • Young Faculty Award from E. I. DuPont de NeVours