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Name: Fred Barrett, BEng/89

Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Title: Technologist

How long have you worked at Carleton? 25 years and counting

What do you do at Carleton and why is it important?

I am a resource person for faculty and graduate/undergraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering and Design. To ensure that time and resources are not wasted, it is important that research and student laboratory work get started in the right direction.

What is it about your job that inspires you?

I am inspired by the dynamic atmosphere of the university. When you have so many talented people, doing so many things in one place, then each day is a different and challenging surprise.

What are your hobbies?

I am an amateur astronomer with an observatory and several telescopes. Plus I take photographs of objects in the night sky such as planets, nebulae and galaxies. In addition, my wife and I rebuild old Land Rovers—we just finished a 1957 Land Rover and are currently working on one from 1971. We also enjoy off-roading and camping, gardening, making maple syrup and reading. Each year I walk in the Ottawa Race Weekend half marathon.

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