Professor Adams received his B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1984. Followed was his M.S., Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University in 198.5. Most recently was his Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah in 1993.
Professor Adams has been at several reputable companies, starting with GenRad where he worked as a engineer. He continued on to be a consultant for reaction engineering international and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He continued on to be vice president, and eventually president, for Reaction engineering international. He became an associate professor for Brigham young university in 2015.