Science Collaborator, Goddard Space Flight Center
Role: Works directly with planet transit data to look for signs of unknown exoplanets and to refine measurements of known exoplanets.
Dr. Barry is an astrophysicist with NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He works in the Laboratory for Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics investigating exoplanetary disks, m-dwarf stars and evolved stars. He is also interested in theoretical aspects of the evolution of the habitable zones around stars as those stars evolve onto and off of the zero age main sequence. Dr. Barry also develops technologies for ultra high spatial resolution astronomy necessary for direct imaging of exoplanets. Dr. Barry has acquired five degrees - two in science and three in engineering. In his career he has worked as an aircraft technician, a particle accelerator engineering technician, a NASA Space Shuttle engineer, a spacecraft power systems engineer, an astronomical instrument design engineer, and now as an astrophysicist. Dr. Barry is formerly the lead power system engineer on the X-ray Timing Explorer, the Wide Field Infrared Explorer and the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer. His recent discovery of a new mechanism for dust creation by recurrent novae was published by the Astrophysical Journal and noted by Nature.