Rich Barney is Columbus’ Director of Strategic Aerospace Programs. Barney has extensive experience at NASA where he most recently was the director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate (Code 300) at Goddard Space Flight Center. Code 300 strives to keep people, facilities and operations safe while assuring the success of all Goddard missions.
Prior to moving to the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, Barney was the division chief in the Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis Division (MESA) at Goddard Space Flight Center. MESA provides leadership and expertise in mission systems engineering; mission design; navigation; propulsion; attitude control; Guidance, Navigation, and Control sensor and actuator technologies; and space systems protection through the entire life cycle of NASA’s science and exploration missions.
Throughout his 30-year career at NASA, Barney has led mission and instrument teams from around the world in the development of new technologies and state-of-the-art space flight hardware and software. Specifically, he developed several new science instruments flown aboard NASA space and Earth science missions such as the Cosmic Background Explorer, Broad Band X-Ray Telescope, Cassini-Huygens, Spitzer Telescope, Astro-E, Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite, Hubble Space Telescope, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Aquarius mission.
Barney received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace and ocean engineering from Virginia Tech in 1986 while participating in the Cooperative Education program with NASA. He also earned a master’s degree in engineering management from George Washington University in 1992.
Barney holds two U.S. patents and has been honored with several awards including two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals.