Doctorate of Philosophy in Geology: Emphasis on Lunar Petrology and Mars Sedimentology.
University of Houston, Houston, TX.,
In work: Pending May. 2016.
Masters of Science in Space Architecture.
University of Houston, Houston, TX.,
May 14, 2005.
Masters of Science in Mathematics:
University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX.,
May 16, 2003.
Masters of Arts in Psychology: Emphasis in Learning and Human Factors.
University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX.,
May 13, 1995.
Masters of Science in Physics:
University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX.,
May 08, 1993.
Bachelor of Science in Physics; Second Major in Psychology;
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.,
December 14, 1991.
ISS Program Scientist Representative
2011 to 2013
Serve as staff scientist and technical specialist regarding ISS scientific investigations and facilities in the fields of Physical Science, Research Facilities, External Payloads and Technology Demonstration for the Program Science Office of the International Space Station. Duties include the development, review, coordination and historical maintenance of science summary information for inclusion in the ISS Research and Results database and NASA websites. Developed ISS Facilities information manual for public and user audiences. Act as the program point of contact for Principle Investigators for each category of scientific investigation and facility. Responsible for the writing and editing of reviews and public information per ISS program science requirements, including drafting ISS research capability and status briefings, research overviews, and scientific articles, appropriate to a variety of target audiences. Conduct special studies of relevant issues, requirements and processes that affect Research Integration Office interests by working with the user community, appropriate Space Station working groups or teams, and user sponsors. Produce white papers, study reports and publications that represent ISS research programs, results and achievements. Attend and present ISS science accomplishments at conferences and workshops.
Robotics System Engineering/Management
2007 to 2011
Provide system and subsystem management support for the Flight Robotic Systems Branch and Extravehicular Robotic Operations (EVR) systems on the International Space Station. Duties include oversight of Mobile Servicing System (MSS) hardware sustaining engineering and development, writing and reviewing system requirements and identifying and resolving requirements issues, interface control documents, system design, flight rules, operational procedure verification and certification, in-flight anomaly investigations and review item dispositions (RID). Lead Mission Evaluation Room (MER) Extravehicular Robotics (EVR) console operations and provided technical expertise with regards to investigating and recommending solutions for in-flight and ground-based system anomalies and operations. Supported Extravehicular Activity (EVA) operations and crew activities via RMS system hardware. Responsible for providing technical oversight, tracking and evaluating overall performance of integrated systems, recommending systems design and performance trade offs and to develop solutions to complex systems integration problems. Provide systems engineering interface and coordination functions for the JSC/NASA customer with various COTS vehicle providers, international partners, and hardware and software system developers. Obtained ISS crew/ground operator Robotic Operations hardware and procedures familiarization and training.
Crew Health Care System Engineering/Management
2004 to 2007
Perform system manager tasks by providing software and hardware oversight for the Health Maintenance System (HMS) and Environmental Health System (EHS) of the ISS Crew Health Care System (CHeCS). Manage, guide, coordinate, and integrate efforts to ensure continuous availability of crew health care countermeasures and medical supplies. Lead the HMS System Problem Resolution Teams (SPRT) including disposition and resolution of system problems and issues. Integrate cross system issues involving medical operations and training (SD) and hardware providers (EB), and develop integrated system solutions for the ISS Program. Lead/Project Management for the development of CHeCS requirements including the development of hardware systems, requirements development and verification, certification, integration, and sustaining engineering for CHeCS hardware. Lead and manage process development to standardize how system teams approach work products such as certification of mission support personnel and manifesting processes. Develop, review and approve flight manifest requests for CHeCS hardware. Provide reviews and coordinate integrated system responses to relevant ISSP Change Request (CR) traffic. Managed the tracking of real time on-orbit CHeCS systems and reported to the ISS Program and engineering directorate on issues. Provide expert knowledge and experience towards systems engineering, system analysis, project management of space systems, and space flight operations and requirements. Other tasks include: test planning and procedure review; system & element integrated testing; safety reviews and assessments; mission operations planning and implementation; system and element hardware & software acceptance reviews. Lead Mission Evaluation Room (MER) console operations including on-orbit problem resolution, strategic planning, IVA operations support, application of resources, and prioritization of activities required for an optimum resolution of system issues. Developed and published CHeCS process and procedural documents detailing console certification, onboard waste-management and hardware fight manifesting. Implement the lessons learned from problems encountered during operational activities. Obtained ISS crew/ground operator Medical Operations hardware and procedures familiarization and training.
Operations Planning Flight Control Engineer
2000 to 2004
United Space Alliance
Supported space flight operations for the ISS Operations Planning group within the Mission Operations Directorate (MOD). Provided Mission Control Center (MCC) console support for the Mission Operations Division of the International Space Station program. Obtained console certification in the following positions: Real-time Planning Engineer Support (RPE Support) officer and Orbital Communication Adaptor (OCA) officer. Responsible for ISS Timeline coordination, development and processing. Supported real time in-flight operations, monitoring and schedule resolution. Responsible for onboard LAN operations including onboard data routing, crew mail coordination and space-to-ground data transfer. Responsible for coordinating and developing the Operations Planning Group SIM protocols, handbook, operations concepts, and associated training timelines for generic ISS simulations. Regularly coordinated the development of SIM products with the ISS Training Division (DT) and International Partners. Coordinated the integration, definition, commands and telemetry and development of the Timeliner automated procedure manager for the automatic execution and operation of ISS procedures. Obtained regular Russian language instruction and continued general systems training via the DT Part Task Trainer (PTT) courses.
Guidance, Navigation, Control and Propulsion Flight Control Engineer
1996 to 2000
Supported space flight operations for the ISS Motion Control Systems (MCS) group. Provided Mission Control Center (MCC) console support for the Guidance, Navigation, Control, & Propulsion systems of the International Space Station program. Performed development, integration, and documentation of system requirements and procedures. Reviewed load and dynamic analysis with regards to propulsion and CMG operations for flight readiness reviews. This position included international travel, knowledge of export control and operational negotiations and partner relationship building. Served as a member of the Houston Support Group (HSG) and provided MCS and EPS console support and procedure development in Mission Control Moscow (TsUP) from April 1st until July 31st, 1999. This included STS96/2A.1 operations support. Obtained training as an EPS Multi-Purpose Support Room (MPSR) flight controller (POWER). Responsible for developing and validating MCS procedures and displays that control and monitor on board systems. Provided MCC mission support as Russian Interface Officer (RIO) during Phase 1 MIR rendezvous. Supported system operations development with the prime Station contractors concerning system management, and command and control systems information integration. Responsible for assessing, coordinating and validating operational needs with respect to MCS command and telemetry data requirements. Responsible for designing and implementing training scenarios in the GITF (GN&C Integrated Testing Facility) for MCS flight controllers, training division representatives and crewmembers. Obtained weekly Russian language instruction.
1992 to 1996
Krug Life Sciences
Responsible for implementing data collection of ground based studies for the Johnson Space Center Motor Performance and Neuroscience laboratories. Conducted preflight data collection and training with Shuttle-Mir Phase I flight crews at JSC and Star City Russia. Developed and maintained biomedical data archives. Responsible for analyzing ground based experimental results and in-flight biomedical data. Conducted ground based experimental testing of anaerobic and aerobic exercise regimes for a relational database for future application towards manned space flight. Designed, collected, analyzed, and provided data management for in-flight and ground-based experiments and protocols for the Johnson Space Center Cardiovascular laboratory. Designed and evaluated procedures and conducted preflight and post flight data collection of flight experiments and medical Detailed Supplementary Objectives (DSO) at JSC, KSC, Dryden and Star City Russia. Obtained certification in CTV (Crew Transfer Vehicle) and KC-135 experimental operations. Conducted experiments and evaluated hardware during parabolic flights in the NASA KC-135 training aircraft. Performed real time support of in-flight experiments and procedures in the JSC Science Monitoring Area. Conducted research and training with the American, Japanese and Russian Space Agency crewmembers and scientists. Provided hardware and experiment support during crew training simulations in the WETF, CCT, GNS, SMS and Space Lab mockups. Procured and evaluated experimental hardware and tested flight and non-flight research hardware for performance and safety. Responsible for configuring and implementing human research experimental protocols while complying with and maintaining overall NASA health and safety standards. Monitored and trained human test subjects in the Johnson Space Center Environmental Physiology and Cardiovascular Laboratories. Responsible for echo-doppler data collection in hypobaric and hyperbaric chamber studies designed to asses the physiological responses of space flight and astronaut physical training. Conducted thermal performance and equipment evaluations of the Liquid Cooling and Ventilation Garment (LCVG) in the Orbiter Launch and Entry Suits (LES).
Lunar & Planetary Institute Research Assistant: Since 1998, have supported ongoing research into Martian water and ice cycles, regolith pore space structure and subsurface volatile transport processes through the development of models in Matlab and Fortran. Supported the organization and operation of LPI conferences, including the biannual Mars Polar Science (venues: Houston, Iceland, Canada, Switzerland and Alaska) and the Early Mars (venue: Jackson Hole) conference series.
Certified Flight Instructor: Since 1991, have provided primary and advanced flight instruction. Flight experience includes the piloting of 14 different Make and 28 Models of aircraft. Flight Time (hours): Total: 758; PIC: 690.
Space Exploration and Industry:
1 Selected by the NASA Astronaut Office to the Highly Qualified group during the last three selections (top 10% of all applicants).
2 Selected by the Mars Society in February 2002 to support the second crew rotation during a two-week isolation simulation at the Utah analogue research site (Mars Desert Research Station, MDRS), serving as executive officer, supporting simulation and operations design and developed the first operations, systems and mission rules manuals for the facility. Generally assessed analogue site use and developed constraints for future site selection and use with the intent of supporting crew and mission designer training for piloted missions to Mars.
3 Initiated Mars Advanced Exploration and Development, Inc., in 2003 in order to provide a venue for the development of concepts, hardware and operations for the advancement of the human exploration and colonization of Mars. Efforts to date have been directed towards the development of a prototype acoustic system for the Mars EVA suit, and the development of software for the selection of human and robotic landing sites on Mars, the design of Martian water reclamation systems, wind turbines, and the design of novel Mars vehicles and relevant mission architectural components.
Field Experience: Supported a University of Reykjavik/Hawaii Principle Investigators with astrobiology/geology field research operations in Iceland during the summer 2004 field season. Organized a high altitude mountaineering expedition of Kilimanjaro in fall of 2005 and Aconcagua in 2010 and 2012.
Geological Research: Have completed 45 graduate level credit hours in geology and am presently conducting independent research on Apollo 15 and 17 microscopic lunar regolith samples using electron probe micro-analysis (EPMA: CAMECA SX50 and JEOL JXA-8600 "Superprobe"), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM: JEOL JSM6330F), Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (EDS) and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS). Analysis of soil also conducted using visible, near-IR, thermal IR, and hyperspectral techniques. Key questions being addressed in present studies include lunar volcanism, petrological genesis of picritic/volcanic glasses, chemical abundances, and lunar mantle evolution and origin. Additional research includes Mars hydrological cycles, pore-space, sedimentation and sequence stratigraphy.
Graphical information system software (ArcGis) application and techniques:
UH Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - 2009
A) Completed a series of courses that focus on the acquisition, storing, visualization, modeling, and analysis of information with emphasis on geophysical applications.
B) Software: ArcGIS, ENVI, Photoshop.
Barker, D. C. and Snow, J. E., Phenocryst growth and compositional inhomogeneity of Apollo 17 glass spherules. 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston TX, abstract no. 2926, March 2012.
Barker, D. C., 2012, Moon Under a Microscope, The Explorers Club Journal, New York, NY.
Barker, D. C., Mars northern lowland sequence stratigraphy: First International Conference on Mars Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, El Paso, TX, Abstract 6051.
Parker, T. J. and Barker, D. C., Ocean sediments in the northern plains: First International Conference on Mars Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, El Paso, TX, Abstract 6053, 2010.
Barker, D. C., Solar System Longboats: A Holistic and Robust Mars Exploration Architecture Design Study. Paper: Presented at the AIAA SPACE 2008 Conference & Exposition, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA 2008-7881, San Diego California, September 9-11, 2008.
Barker, D. C., Building Inspiration, Motivation & Our Future. AIAA Horizons News Letter, http://www.aiaa-houston.org/, AIAA, July/August 2006.
Barker, D. C., et al., Lunar Development and Exploration: A Simple, Long Lasting and Functionally Adaptable Architecture. Paper: Presented at the 24th National Space Development Conference 2005, National Space Society, Washington D.C., May 19, 2005.
Barker, D. C., Mars, the Only Goal for Humanity. The Space Review, http://www.thespacereview.com/, Monday, December 13, 2004.
The Life and Biological Sciences (LaBS) Facility: An Evolution in Space Station Design.Paper: Presented at Space 2004, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA 2004-5979, San Diego California, September 28-30, 2004.
Barker, D. C., Mars Mission Planning: The Next Step. American Astronautical Society, AAS 03-326, Mars Expedition Planning, Vol. 107, 431-438, http://www.univelt.com/htmlST/htmlMars/v107stco.htm, 2004.
Mars Mission Optimization Based on Collocation of Resources. Abstract & Poster: Provided for the 6th International Conference on Mars, Pasadena, California, July 20-25, 2003.
Evaluating Analogue Sites in Preparation for Long Duration Human Exploration of the Moon and Mars.Abstract and presentation at the Workshop on Analogue Sites and Facilities for the Human Exploration of the Moon and Mars, Golden Colorado, May 21-23, 2003.
Barker, D. C., Invited Panel Member forPlanning and Scheduling for Human Space Missions, 3rd International NASA Workshop on Planning and Scheduling for Space, Houston, Texas, October 27-29, 2002.
Martian Resource Locations: Identification and Optimization. Accepted for publication in Acta Astronautica, 53rd International Astronautical Congress, IAC-02-IAA.13.3.07, 2002.
Martian Resource Locations - Identification and Optimization. Abstract: Presented at the 2nd World Space Congress, Houston, Texas, August 14-19, 2002.
Metrics for Determining the Optimal Locations of Resources. Abstract: Presented at the 5th International Mars Society Convention, Boulder Colorado, August 09, 2002.
Barker, D. C., The Need to Colonize. Ad Astra, 14(4), 32-34, July/August 2002.
Kirkland, Mustard, McAfee, Hapke and Ramsey, Editors, Mars Infrared Spectroscopy: from the Theory and the Laboratory to Field Observations. Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop Report, Houston Texas, June 4-6, 2002.
The Need to Explore Mars. Abstract: Presented at the National Space Society 21st Annual International Space Development Conference and Exhibition, Denver Colorado, May 23-27, 2002.
Exercising Martian Resource Utilization Technologies at Analogue Sites. Abstract: Presented at the 4th Annual Mars Society Convention, Palo Alto California, August 23, 2001.
Identification, Display, and Optimization of Martian Resource Locations. Abstract: Presented at the 4th Annual Mars Society Convention, Palo Alto California, August 23, 2001.
Mars Surface Suit External Audio System. Abstract: Presented at the 4th Annual Mars Society Convention, Stanford University, Palo Alto California, August 23, 2001.
Mars Surface Suit External Audio System. Abstract: Presented at the 2001 Space Systems Conference, Houston Texas, January 2001.
Mars Exploration Strategy Based on Local Resource Identification. Abstract: Presented at the 3rd International Mars Society Convention, Toronto Canada, August 23, 2000.
Design and Resource Requirements for Successful Wind Energy Production on Mars. Proceedings of the 2nd International Mars Society, Vol. 2, August 14, 1999.
Design and Resource Requirements for Successful Wind Energy Production on Mars. Abstract: Presented at the 2nd International Mars Society Convention, Boulder Colorado, August 14, 1999.
Martian Exploration and Related Terrestrial Social Returns. Abstract: Presented at the Founding Convention of the Mars Society, Boulder Colorado, August 13, 1998.
Surviving on Mars without Nuclear Energy. Proceedings of Founding Convention of the Mars Society, Vol. 3, August 1998.
Surviving on Mars without Nuclear Energy. Abstract: Presented at the Founding Convention of the Mars Society, Boulder Colorado, August 13, 1998.
Site Selection on Mars Based on Optimal Collocation of Indigenous Resources. Abstract: Presented at the Founding Convention of the Mars Society, August 13, 1998.
Resource Utilization and Site Selection for a Self Sufficient Martian Outpost. Poster session: The Space 98 and Robotics 98 Conference, Albuquerque New Mexico, May 1998.
Resource Utilization and Site Selection for a Self Sufficient Martian Outpost. NASA Technical Memorandum, TM-98-206538, April 1998.
Cardiovascular and Valsalva Response During Parabolic Flight. Journal of Applied Physiology, 85(5), 1957-1965, 1998.
Cardiovascular and Valsalva Response During Parabolic Flight. Abstract: Presented at the 12th Man in Space Symposium, Washington D. C., June 1997.
Flying, foreign languages (proficient in Russian, Japanese and Spanish), SCUBA diving, mountaineering (Colorado 14’ers, Mt. Fuji, Kilimanjaro & Aconcagua), traveling (visited 34 different countries), Technician Class HAM radio operator (KE5FEV), speleology/caving, playing instruments (e.g., guitar. bodhran), sky diving, astronomy, martial arts (Aikido), science fiction, writing, horticulture (i.e., succulents), inline skating, military vehicle restoration and member of the Wings Over Houston air show staff and the Tora Bomb Squad & Pyro-Boyz air-show pyrotechnic teams (supporting the ToraToraTora historical flight reenactment team).
Association of Mars Explorers
1) Selected to board of directors in Spring 2013
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
1) Senior Member
2) Space Architecture Technical Committee (SATC) Member
3) Elected Councilor for AIAA Houston section
Geological Society of America
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
National Association of Flight Instructors
National Space Society
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Texas Speleological Association
The Explorers Club
1) Elected Treasurer for Texas Chapter
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