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James D. Barnes

PE, INCE Fellow


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“I’ve always been intrigued by the field of acoustics, so when I finished school, I joined Acentech’s parent company, Bolt Beranek and Newman, (BBN) and embraced the consulting business. I thoroughly enjoy the people and project challenges at Acentech. Working on projects that present quality-of-life issues for our clients and problem-solving them to everyone’s satisfaction is most rewarding.”

Jim Barnes concentrates on noise and vibration control, with an emphasis on resolving community and workplace noise problems in the power industry. He has managed and technically supervised hundreds of projects covering the energy, transportation, manufacturing, and processing markets. His projects have encompassed interior and community noise and vibration control studies for existing sources, prediction of construction and operation noise levels, and ambient sound studies for proposed industrial sites and transportation corridors. To fulfill the requirements of these projects, Jim has worked closely with design team engineers, architects and planners, attorneys, equipment suppliers, owners, community representatives, and state and local government personnel. Throughout his 40-year career in noise and vibration control, Jim has authored dozens of technical reports and research papers and presented at the industry’s top conferences.

Tidbits About Jim

I am willing to travel ANYWHERE once, and my musical tastes run the gamut. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best: “Moderation in all things, especially moderation.”


  • NASA Fellow
  • Professional Engineer: Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia
  • Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE), Fellow
  • Laymon N. Miller Award for Excellence in Acoustical Engineering, INCE, 2016
  • Cornell University, Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science (both in Mechanical Engineering)