Ed Barker


Ed is currently Assistant Director, Research Technology and High Performance Computing, at Kennesaw State University. He is also the President of the non-profit 501(c)3 STEM Leadership Foundation, and the Director of Kell Robotics, a community group of high school students that participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Kell Robotics is also a past Lemelson-MIT Inventeam. Ed is also serving a three-year committee member appointment to the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Informal Science Directorate.

Prior to joining Kennesaw State University, Ed previously spent over 30 years in product design and development in aerospace, telecommunications, and energy management fields.


Additional Activity and Honors include:

  • FIRST Conference Presentations
  • .. Beyond FIRST – Real World Applications
  • .. MIT Mentorship Initiative video project
  • .. Students Perception of Engineering
  • .. Social Networking & Cultural Change
  • .. Women in Engineering
  • .. Beyond Advocacy: Growing FIRSTĀ® in a New 21st Century Education Model