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Professor Barrie Dunn


Barrie Dunn



Barrie Dunn was initially employed by a large US electronics manufacturing company before joining the European Space Agency (ESA) and became its Head of Materials and Processes (M&P) Division, at ESTEC, Noordwijk in the Netherlands. He supported all ESA space projects until 2014, particularly the telecommunications satellites; the manned Spacelab and the Columbus module of the International Space Station; space science projects such as Rosetta; and, the Vega launch vehicle and its launch pad at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. ESTEC responsibilities involved the assessment and approval of materials and manufacturing processes for flight hardware and the management of the largest space materials laboratory in Europe. Barrie co-wrote the majority of European Cooperation for Space Standards (ECSS) M&P requirements specifications, initiated and managed 6 European skills training schools for electronic assembly (including that sited in the University of Portsmouth) and co-founded the annual Electronic Materials and Processes for Space (EMPS) workshops.
Barrie Dunn supported the ESA VEGA launch vehicle included being the independent chair for the Travelling Crane Inquiry Board at the Guianese Space Centre, Kourou; Launch Systems Ground Qualification review; and, review of ground station’s Gantry Mechanical Infrastructure.
The UoP together with the Greek National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos" and Airbus Industries initiated the first symposium on Advanced Materials for Space Exploration within EUROMAT 2017.
Barrie’s appointment as Honorary Professor ensures support for the Skills Training School within UoP, the EMPS workshop, lectures covering spacecraft manufacturing and the space environment, laboratory studies and liaison with ESA, national space agencies and industries.
He holds a BSc (Hons) in metallurgy, MPhil and PhD in materials science and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3); Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society; Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society; and a Chartered Engineer.
Barrie’s publications include 130 technical papers and three books, the latest being Materials and Processes for Spacecraft and High Reliability Applications (Springer, Heidelberg, 2016).

Research Interests

-        Metallurgy and corrosion resistance of lightweight alloys

-        Effect of the space environment on materials

-        Launch site environmental effects and ageing of infrastructure

-        Welding, brazing and soldering

-        Studying the tin whisker growth phenomenon

As a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador I am dedicated to closing the skills gap and reverse the decline in numbers of materials science graduates.



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