Michael Barker is currently a professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Science’s Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. In between these, he worked for a firm designing nuclear power plants. He was a Civil Engineering faculty member at the University of Missouri-Columbia for 13 years before joining the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming in 2003. Michael teaches courses in Statics, Dynamics, Structural Analysis, Building System Design and Steel and Steel Bridge Design. His primary research pertains to steel bridges, experimental testing, bridge field testing and high performance steel. Michael has advised over 40 graduate students so far in his career.
Michael has also been involved in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) program since 1992. He has been deployed to the World Trade Center Disaster, Hurricane Katrina, and the New Zealand Earthquakes. Michael is a Lead Instructor for Structures Specialist US&R training courses across the country for the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Michael and his wife Susan have a small ranch just south of town with miniature donkeys and quarter horses….and dogs….and chickens….and lots of cats. They have four grown children (one in engineering at UW!) who all live near Laramie. They have two grandchildren who really enjoy the ranch. Michael especially enjoys fly-fishing the waters of Wyoming, hunting the mountains on horseback, and other outdoor activities. Michael teaches Jr. High Sunday School and is the Youth Leader at First Christian Church here in Laramie.