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Barrios Technology Welcomes Bobby Watkins of Huntsville Alabama to the Executive Leadership Team

JOHNSON SPACE CENTER (Houston, TX): Houston-based Barrios Technology welcomes Bobby Watkins to its Executive Leadership Team. Watkins takes on the role of Vice President of Huntsville Operations in Huntsville, Alabama.

Prior to joining the Barrios team, Watkins served as the Director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Human Exploration Development and Operations Office. His responsibilities included: leading MSFC’s role in development of the Habitation Element for NASA’s lunar outpost, Gateway; International Space Station (ISS) performance of round-the-clock station payload operations; development and sustainment of the ISS’ Environmental Control and Life Support System; activities for NASA's Commercial Crew Program and the Orion Launch Abort System; and development and operation of ground support systems for programs and missions.

“We are excited to have Bobby Watkins join the Barrios Executive Leadership Team. He brings a wealth of experience in NASA Human Space Flight at Johnson Space Center (JSC), MSFC, Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) and NASA Headquarters and his diverse leadership roles will help us build on the strength of our 40 years of support to NASA”, stated Sandy Johnson, Barrios CEO.

Watkins’ experience includes serving as Director of the NASA MAF in New Orleans and MSFC’s Office of Strategic Analysis and Communication. He began his career in Mission Operations at JSC in Houston and later served at JSC’s Chief Engineer and Chief of Staff. Watkins’ career also afforded him experience with NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C., first as Manager of the Space Shuttle Planning and Evaluation Office and later as Director of the Legislative Liaison Division.

Watkins has received numerous awards including the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive as well as three NASA Exceptional Medals in Achievement, Leadership, and Service.

Watkins’ role will include both managing Barrios’ current work in Huntsville and expanding our presence and support to MSFC and the contractor community.

Barrios, an award-winning woman-owned small business, continues to bring together some of the most talented employees and leaders in the aerospace industry to a company tailored to support the evolution of space exploration.

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Headquartered in Houston, Barrios Technology is a woman-owned AS9100 certified engineering services company specializing in aerospace engineering & science, program planning & control, mission integration & operations, and software engineering & integration. Since 1980, Barrios has demonstrated their corporate mission to be the foremost small aerospace engineering services company providing extraordinary value to our customers, employees and communities. For more information on Barrios Technology, please call 281-280-1900 or visit

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