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Joseph N. Barfus
Director, Ground Systems Shuttle Operations Directorate


Joseph N. Barfus is Director, Ground Systems in the Shuttle Operations Directorate at John F. Kennedy Space Center. He was appointed to this position in January 1990. Reporting to the Director of Shuttle Operations, he is responsible for the operation, maintenance and sustaining engineering of facility and electronically oriented systems and equipment required for processing and launching the Space Shuttle.

His previous position was Deputy Director of Center Support Operations. He was appointed to that post in February 1987, and previously served as Chief, Center Support Operations Project Engineering and Integration Division.

Barfus has worked for NASA at Kennedy Space Center for 31 years, starting as systems engineer for high-pressure gas equipment and as a Test Support Controller. From 1968 to 1972, he was Chief, Launch Complex 39 Branch, and was responsible for technical support for Saturn V tests and launches. He later served as Chief, Control Systems Branch of the Ground Systems Directorate, where he was responsible for applications software development for the complex control set of the Launch Processing System. He also was Deputy Chairman of the Base Operations Contract Source Evaluation Board.

During his career at NASA, he has received numerous awards including Exceptional Service Medals in 1985 and 1989.

Born in the Bronx, New York, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

Barfus and his wife, the former Connie Smith of Floral Park, New York, live on Merritt Island, FL. They have two children.

Barfus retired on January 3, 1996. Retha Hart was appointed Acting Director of Ground Systems.

December 1995


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