Dave Barnhart
Director, USC Space Engineering Research Center , University of Southern California

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David holds a Research Professor appointment in the Department of Astronautical Engineering at USC, and is the Director/Co-Founder of the USC Space Engineering Research Center at USC/Information Sciences Institute. He is also CEO of Arkisys Inc.

David was most recently a Senior Space Project Manager at DARPA, pioneering cellular spacecraft morphologies, satbotics and space robotics on the Phoenix and SeeMe projects.

Prior to USC/DARPA, David co-founded and served as Vice President and CFO of Millennium Space Systems, and was the youngest elected member of the three-person international Executive Management board for Vanguard Space.

David served as an AF civilian for over 13 years and helped birth several notable projects over that time.

David holds a BSc in Aerospace Engineering and an MEng. He has authored over 35 research publications and been a keynote speaker at multiple national and international space conferences on second-generation space architectures.

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