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Barbara L. Brown
Ames Research Center Liaison @ KSC
Deputy Manager, Intelligent Systems Human-Centered Computing

Barbara Brown is the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) Liaison at the Kennedy Space Center. In this capacity, she is responsible for advocating and implementing advanced information technology projects in collaboration with the ARC Center of Excellence for Information Technology. She also serves as an ARC focal point for assessing the applicability of new and emerging technologies, identifying opportunities for technology infusions, and coordinating research & development collaborations for maturation of advanced technologies in operational environments.

Ms. Brown is also the Deputy Manager for Human-Centered Computing (HCC), one of 4 research areas in NASA's Intelligent Systems Program. In this capacity, she manages HCC research efforts associated with knowledge management, and knowledge modeling and simulation. She is also responsible for coordinating the development of collaborative tools and decision support systems to improve operations efficiency, reduce development and operations costs, and enhance individual and team performance in vehicle & payload processing and range operations. She coordinates with NASA, DOD, Industry, Academia and other federal agencies to establish viable partnerships for the research and development of advanced information systems and applications.

Brown joined KSC in 1982 as a cooperative education student in the Engineering Development Directorate. She supported the design and implementation of computer systems for ground support operations, and system prototyping for space station operations. In 1987, she was assigned to the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where she worked as a systems engineer and subsequently became the advanced software laboratory manager, leading autonomous system development and demonstration. In 1996, after completing a rotation as the Center Director Executive Intern, Brown was assigned to the Future Launch Systems and Advanced Programs Office. In this office she served as the X-34 project engineer, coordinating the assessment of KSC and the Eastern Range for flight test operations of the X-34 and KSC participation in the X-34 program.

In 1998, Ms. Brown completed a Professional Development Program assignment in the Office of the Chief Engineer at NASA Headquarters. During this assignment she supported formulation, evaluation and review of technical and schedule commitments for NASA programs. She also served as the NASA representative for a Department of Defense initiative to integrate civil and military processes, and completed a collateral assignment at the Langley Research Center, supporting planning and implementation of NASA's Collaborative Engineering Environment.

Ms. Brown served as KSC's Chief Information Officer (CIO) from 1998-2000. As the CIO, Brown had center-wide responsibility for a broad range of information technology activities including planning, security, program integration and implementation, information resources application re-engineering, information technology assessment and analysis, architecture and policy for all KSC communication and computing systems. She also had oversight of the assessment and certification of KSC computer information systems for Year 2000 activities.

Ms. Brown has served on a number of NASA and multi-agency technical working groups and committees. She has worked extensively with educational outreach, mentoring, and diversity programs and is actively involved in local civic and charitable organizations. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.
Ms. Brown has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Florida State University and a Masters degree in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida. She is single, a native of Palatka, Florida and currently resides in Titusville, Florida.

February 2002

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