Rick Barto is Senior Manager of Material, Physics, and Computational Technologies Research (MPACT) Area in the Emerging Technologies Lab of Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL). The research portfolio spans Materials and Manufacturing Information Technologies, Sensing, and Laser-Material Interactions. The Materials and Manufacturing area leverages Integrated Computational Materials Engineering and advanced data analytics to design, develop and optimize advanced materials, architectures, and interactions to meet complex system design intent. The Sensing area exploits advances in atomic physics and sensing modalities for a wide array of sensing applications. The laser-material interaction area models thermal and optical interactions of lasers with structures for Directed Energy and Counted-DE applications.
Before joining the Advanced Technology Lab, he worked at several Lockheed business areas including the Space Systems Advanced Technology Center, where he was a key member of a research team developing wideband nonlinear optical polymer modulators for RF communications, and later as principal investigator for research on tailorable materials for spacecraft thermal and optical control coatings. He joined Lockheed Missiles and Space Company as a composite materials engineer, developing engineering requirements for structural composites for the D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile program. He spent 7 years in Lockheed’s Materials and Processes Laboratories responsible for failure and forensics analyses for engineering, manufacturing, and operational systems.
Prior to joining Lockheed, he worked for Allied Signal Corporate R&D as a polymer research engineer. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University, focused on near-IR optical loss structure-property relationships in non-linear optical polymers.