an Explore Mars Event

May 17-19, 2022

The George Washington University

Washington D.C.


Barry W. Finger

Paragon Space Development Corporation | VP of Engineering & Chief Engineer

Mr. Finger provides technical leadership and balanced oversight of the product development process for the company’s flight programs and emerging technologies. He received a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida. A 16-year Paragon veteran, Mr. Finger maintains the technical excellence of the company’s Life Support and Thermal Control products through the diligent application of established procedures regulating engineering processes and coordinating engineering with other internal and external organizations. Other significant previous roles at Paragon include Director of Advanced Concepts and Business Development, Commercial Crew Transport–Air Revitalization System (CCT-ARS) Project Manager, and ECLSS Technical Lead on the Inspiration Mars, Excalibur Almaz, and the Rocketplane Kistler programs. He has received three patents during his time at Paragon. Prior to joining Paragon, Mr. Finger served as the ECLSS Manager for Bigelow Aerospace where he led a lean team of engineers and technicians that developed ECLSS for commercial human spaceflight vehicles. During his time at Bigelow, the team successfully launched the first two long-duration inflatable spacecraft into low earth orbit. Mr. Finger previously served as the International Space Station (ISS) Sustaining Engineering (SE) Program Manager for Honeywell where he managed ISS SE activities related to the support of company flight hardware and systems aboard ISS. He also previously served as an ECLSS design engineer for Hamilton Sundstrand at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) and the Dynamac Corporation at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC).