Elizabeth Barrios


Avionics Materials Engineer/Failure Analyst

Dr. Elizabeth Barrios is a subject matter expert in the field of avionics failure analysis (FA) for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Her work in FA serves the entire NASA community, including industry partners, as well as the DOD, MDA, and FAA. She is currently building up lab capabilities at MSFC to rejoin the world of polymer-derived ceramic (PDC) research in pursuit of the in-space manufacturing of energy storage devices and sensors. Previously, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida in the area of PDCs.

2023 ACS Fall POLY: CME NASA Symposium Abstract

Using Lessons Learned to Create a Safer, More Sustainable Future in Space

Failure analysis is critical to the aerospace industry – we cannot improve on our safety and efficiency in space exploration without it. NASA’s MSFC is home to world-renown experts in failure analysis, with a specialty in the avionics systems used for the aerospace and defense industries. This presentation will highlight the criticality of a robust failure analysis program, while exploring the unique challenges that come with incorporating advanced electronic materials into our space systems.