President’s Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair
Materials Science & Engineering
Phone: 480.965.3316
Office: ERC 281 (Map)


Professor Adams has done extensive research in developing computational models of materials and applying those models to the study of properties of materials. He also conducts research on the causes of autism and how to prevent and treat it.


Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987)
M.S. Materials Science & Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1986)
B.S. Physics, Duke University (1984)

Research Interests

Atomic-scale computer simulation to understand the structure, properties, processing and design of materials.

Graduate Faculties

  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry

Honors and Awards

  • NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award  (1991)
  • Burnett Award for Teaching (1991)
  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research (1994)
  • ASM Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers (1996)
  • Teachers rated Excellent by their students (11 times)
  • Outstanding Service and Dedication to Students – Associated Students of ASU (2001)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics (2004)
  • ASU Faculty Achievement Award in Instructional Pedagogy (2007).
  • Evening of Champions Award (for research and service) from national Autism Society of America (2007)
  • Autism Service Award, Greater Phoenix Chapter of the Autism Society of America (2008)
  • Daniel Jankowski Legacy Award for teaching, research, and service to ASU (2009)
  • Board of Directors, Autism Research Institute (2007-2009)
  • Science Coordinator, Autism Research Institute (2008-2010).
  • Co-leader of Science Advisory Panel, Autism Research Institute (2010-present)
  • President, Autism Society of Greater Phoenix (2000-present)
  • Board of Directors, Autism Society of America (2009-2010)
  • President’s Professor, Arizona State University (2010-present)
  • Fellow, ASM International (2012)
  • Board of Directors, Neurological Health Foundation (2013-present)