Ted Barron

Research Scientist, Mission Systems Division

Ted Barron is a Research Scientist in the Mission Systems Division at the Virginia Tech National Security Institute. His research interests include materials processing and additive manufacturing, multifunctional composites and adhesives, adaptive robots and machines, and wearable electronics. Before joining the National Security Institute, he worked as a Research Assistant in Virginia Tech’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Barron’s graduate work focused on the creation of multifunctional composites with unique combinations of mechanical, thermal, electrical, and magnetic response. He was an Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Journeyman Fellow sponsored by the Army Research Lab (ARL) Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, and a Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) Graduate STEM Research Fellow. Previously, he worked as a researcher in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While there, he studied the mechanical response of soft matter, and worked on the chemical and physical processing of semiconductive and electronic materials. Ted Barron earned his Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2023, and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2018.