Dr. David T. (Dave) Barwick

Executive Director

Dr. Dave Barwick joined the MERC staff in 1988, and has served as MERC Executive Director since 1995. In this capacity, he is responsible to the President and Executive Vice President of Mercer University for direction of all MERC activities. Dr. Barwick has an extensive research and development background in advanced algorithm design and development for real-time electronic warfare (EW) systems applications, including dynamic EW systems resource management as a function of external threat environment and real-time internal EW suite resource operability; threat acquisition and identification using inter- and intra- pulse characteristics with optimum tolerance to "missing" or corrupted data. He served as principal investigator and technical lead for an Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate sponsored Advanced Algorithm Development Project that resulted in successful development of the Random Agile Deinterleaver (RAD) algorithm.


Ms. Andi Mitchell

Senior Director of Operations

Ms. Andrea D. (Andi) Mitchell has been a member of the Mercer Engineering Research Center Executive Staff since shortly after the center's formation in 1987. She currently serves as MERC's Senior Director of Operations. In this capacity, she is responsible for contracts, finance, human resources, purchasing, facilities, business systems, and network administration. She has more than thirty-two years experience in the defense industry, having served previously in managerial positions with Gould, Inc., and with Northrop Grumman Corporation.


Mr. David C. French

Senior Director of Advanced Programs

Mr. David C. French joined MERC in November 2010 after almost 27 years of active duty in the United States Air Force. Mr. French serves as the Senior Director of Advanced Programs and is responsible for the coordination and execution of the overall business development strategy, development of the MERC customer base, and establishment of cooperative working agreements/partnerships with other academic institutions and businesses. Mr. French retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force in 2010 with extensive experience in acquisition, logistics, engineering, and aircraft maintenance while holding multiple command positions at the Squadron and Group level.


Mr. Jim Hundley

Senior Director of Electronic and Software Systems Engineering

Mr. Jim Hundley serves as Senior Director of Electronic and Software Systems Engineering for MERC. He joined MERC after a 33 year Air Force career. His various assignments throughout his Air Force career were either directly involved in EW or in management that delivered the infrastructure necessary for the EW mission to succeed. Assignments included lead engineer/unit Chief APR-38 Advanced Wild Weasel, Deputy Chief Systems Division Inter-Command EW Mgt Directorate at Wright Patterson AFB, Chief Information Systems Management and Support Division 1926th Communications Squadron Robins AFB, and multiple assignments in logistics, communications, and information resource management at USAF Headquarters. He retired as the Headquarters Air Force Chief Information Officer in March 2008.


Mr. Francis J. Geiser, III

Director of Mechanical and Aerospace Systems Engineering

For 30+ years, Mr. Geiser (Lt Col, USAF, Retired) has led engineering, acquisition, and logistics programs in the Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial industry.  As Technical Advisor at Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC), he has been the Program Manager for the C-5 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program Assessment and Investigations, C-130 High Velocity Maintenance and Scheduled Maintenance Specialized Engineering, Functional Systems Integrity Program (including CBM+, RCM, and MSG-3), and several projects focused on maintenance work flow optimization.  His expertise has contributed greatly to improving aircraft availability; reducing total ownership cost; and, strengthening operational safety, suitability, and effectiveness of his customer’s fleets.  Prior to working for MERC, he served in the C-130 Aircraft Sustainment Group, Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group-Korea, U‑2 program office, Secretariat of the Air Force for Acquisition, Program Executive Office for Airlift and Trainers, tactical space system development, and the Air Force Research Lab.  Mr. Geiser has a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering and a Master’s degree in System Management, as well as numerous DAWIA certifications and professional military education.  He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1977 and served as an Airborne Russian Linguist before receiving his commission in 1986 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps.


Mr. James A. Kocher

Director of Engineering, Dayton Operations

Mr. James A. Kocher joined MERC in February 2012 after a 41 year career with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and is currently the Dayton, OH Director of Programs. Jim’s AFRL career activities included flight management/navigation experiments, flight testing an advanced flight and fire control system, managing a major program to develop air superiority capabilities, integrating technologies for precision strike against ground targets, responsibility for AFRL inputs to the AF planning, programming, and budgeting system, oversight of sensor/automatic target recognition technology programs, and serving as Chief of the Control Sciences and Structures Divisions. Jim is now responsible for coordinating and executing the overall MERC Dayton business development strategy, expanding the customer base, executing contracts, and establishing cooperative partnerships with other businesses.

The MERC Dayton Operation is located at 2900 Presidential Drive Suite 180 Fairborn Ohio 45324-6224.
Phone: (937) 490-2757; Fax: 490-2760.