Valerie Barker designs and develops wireless sensor networks providing real-time data for conservation research and telemedicine applications. These wireless sensor networks have been used to measure forest carbon sequestration, deployed on ocean buoys to observe the effect of global warming on reefs, monitor efficiency of renewable energy sources, and observe weather and water quality of endemic species habitat.
Telemedicine applications developed for the military include a vital signs and location transmitter for personnel monitoring and the integration of medical equipment into a wireless sensor network to improve medical care.
Supplying Collaborate.org users with the tools to add physical sensor data to their project portals provides a powerful capability and allows users to share their data with others around the world. Valerie never knows whether she'll be in the back of an aircraft testing medical equipment telemetry or in a helicopter installing a weather station in north shore Kauai.
Prior to Collaborate.org, Valerie worked at the Stanford Transducers Lab while earning an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering, and later at NASA Ames Research Center designing small satellites to conduct biological experiments in microgravity.