Barbara Lunde

Washington, DC, US
Field of Work 
Aeronautics and Propulsion
US Government, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Commercial Space
Job Title or "Student" 
Training Specialist
Northwestern University
PhD in experimental condensed matter physics
Education Level 
Profile Biography 

• Managed the training program of the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space
• Procured video recorders for all the Metropolitan Transit Authority TV cameras
• Proposed and was awarded a NASA contract for a Shuttle Experiment in metal purification
• Chief Engineer for the construction and operation of radio stations for 12 years.
• Group Leader for Engineering of the FAA's Data Multiplexing Network.

• Designed the electrical system for many buildings, using AutoCAD.
• Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer.
• Developed the database for recording equipment for an FAA network and designed the implementation of a new TRACON as an extension of the Data Multiplexing Network.
• Design of a focusing solar energy system to generate steam for the Iowa State Capitol Complex
• Author of many articles, three books and co-author of two other books.

• Developed and taught courses on Fiber Optics, Climatic Design, Spacecraft System Engineering, AutoCAD, Thermodynamics, Microsoft Office, and Remote Sensing.
• Earned a public school teacher license.
• Taught junior high, high school, college, adult education students and employees.


Training Specialist, Office of Commercial Space of the FAA
Facilitate training programs by and for the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation. Produce a New Safety Inspector course. Facilitate 200 Expert Lectures. Record events on video. Lead Public Relations for the introduction of a new Learning Management System. Secret clearance.

Technical Group Manager, Systems Development, Government Solutions Group, Affiliated Computer Services, Rosslyn, VA
Managed the generation of $8,000,000,000 per year of bills and $3,000,000,000 of payments for the U.S. General Services Administration space. Managed the development of enhancements to the software used. Wrote processes for going from the Software Engineering Institute Capability Maturity Model level 2 to 3.

Principal Telecommunications Engineer, FAA Contract, Stanford Telecommunications Washington, DC
Developed the database for equipment in a $30,000,000 per year FAA network. Managed engineering of the Data Multiplexing Network. Supervised five engineers.

VP and Chief Engineer, KEZT and KJJY Radio Stations, Ames and Ankeny, IA.
Obtained licenses, designed, built, operated and maintained commercial FM stations, including automated programming systems. Supervised and trained operators. Worked with the FCC and local agencies.

Associate Professor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Developed and taught courses in Spacecraft Systems Engineering, Remote Sensing, Architecture, and other subjects.

Associate Project Manager, Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Wrote winning proposal and administered NASA contract for a space shuttle experiment. Designed and manufactured analog and digital computer control systems.

Aerospace Engineer, Goddard SFC, NASA, Greenbelt, MD
Awarded and administrated a contract for the Reliable Earth Sensor. Obtained funding for and built a $3,000,000 optical laboratory.

Aerospace Engineer, Draper Laboratory, MIT, Cambridge, MA
Improved a flex lead for Minuteman rockets. Developed the Integrating Droplet Accelerometer. Awarded two patents.


Ph. D., 1970, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
M. S., 1959, and B. A., 1957 Physics major, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Recent Coursework
Introduction to Solid State Chemistry, MOOC, MIT
FAA’s Plain Language Course
The Successful Training Manager, Langevin Learning Services

Personal Interests and Travel

Professional Electrical Engineer, registered in DC, MD, WV, IL, IA and CA, IEEE Senior Member.

Volunteer at C&O National Park and Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge. Genealogy. Journalism.

Author of many published papers and three books, co-author of two others. Two patents.

Travel: Tanzania, Oman, Japan, India, Thailand, England, France, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Greece, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Egypt, Mexico, Costa Rica and Peru
Writing/blogging, Working outdoors, Pets, Computing, Reading, Travel, Acting
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
Evenings, Weekdays
Program Affiliation 
IEEE, AAUW, Federal Employee, Girl Scouts

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