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    Mr. Dave Barnhart joined DARPA in December 2010 and specializes in developing innovative approaches and architectures for small satellites, satellite robotics and inspiration-based engineering technology. 

    Prior to DARPA, Mr. Barnhart was the Director and Co-Founder of the Space Engineering Research Center at the University of Southern California (USC), jointly developed by the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) and Department of Astronautical Engineering.  He was responsible for developing innovative solutions in aerospace and small satellite systems and technologies, new satellite design-synthesis tools to cut design time down to days from months and incorporate integration as a design tool, and hybrid robotics concepts for satellites with the ability to be demonstrated in multi-dimensional low cost ground testbeds. 

    Mr. Barnhart holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University and a Masters of Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. 

     

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