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

Andi has more than 35 years’ experience working in the defense industry. Andi’s area of expertise is in the “start-up” of new businesses. Andi began her career with Gould, Inc. located in Warner Robins, GA having transferred from Gould’s operation in Ft. Worth, TX.  With the experience and knowledge gained from this start up, Mercer University hired Andi to assist in the establishment of the Mercer Engineering Research Center in 1987.  Andi was the third employee hired by MERC and has been a key player in its success. Andi was instrumental in the establishment of MERC’s business systems, finance and audit management, pre and post contract award management, property management, pricing, human resources management, and purchasing. Today, MERC has nearly two hundred engineers, scientists, and operations staff and has received contract awards in excess of $422 million.  Andi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Mercer University in 1977 and an MBA from Mercer in 1989.  Andi is a member of the Aerospace Industry Committee (AIC) [having served as chairman in 2002 and currently serves as finance chair]; the Dixie Crow Chapter of the Old Crows; the National Contract Management Association [having served as an officer in several capacities]; the Macon/Bibb County and Robins Regional Military Affairs Committees and is a graduate of Leadership Warner Robins 2000. Her e-mail address is and her contact phone number is 478/953-6800.


Mr. Jim Hundley

Senior Director of Programs and Engineering

Mr. Jim Hundley serves as Senior Director of Programs and 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.