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Dr. William L. Baker:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Dr. William L. Baker, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is Chief Scientist, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. With an annual budget of more than $300 million, the directorate is responsible for all Air Force research and development of laser and high-power microwave technologies. The directorate conducts advanced technology research to support major programs, such as the airborne laser.
Dr. Baker was born in Columbus, Ohio. He began his career in the Air Force in 1969 as a nuclear research officer at Kirtland AFB. In 1973 he became a civilian scientist at the base's Air Force Weapons Laboratory, where he performed and directed research and development efforts to advance pulsed power and plasma technology for nuclear weapons effects simulation. He became internationally known for developing intense plasma implosion X-ray sources. Dr. Baker also initiated and directed Air Force work to develop high-energy particle beams as directed energy weapons. Subsequently, he formed the Air Force High-Power Microwave Program. Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Baker was the directorate's senior scientist for high-power microwaves.
Dr. Baker has written more than 50 publications in nuclear physics, plasma physics, pulsed power and microwaves, and he is co-inventor of the Shiva electromagnetic implosion X-ray source.
EDUCATION
1965 Bachelor of science degree in physics, The Ohio State University, Columbus
1967 Master of science degree in physics, The Ohio State University, Columbus
1969 Doctor of philosophy in nuclear physics, The Ohio State University, Columbus
CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1969 - 1973, nuclear research officer, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2. 1973 - 1977, scientific adviser, X-ray Simulation Branch, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
3. 1977 - 1984, Chief, Advanced Technology Management Office, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
4. 1984 - 1985, Chief, Simulators and Advanced Concepts Branch, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
5. 1985 - 1989, Chief, Advanced Technology Division, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
6. 1989 - 1991, Chief, High-Power Microwave Program Office, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
7. 1991 - 1994, Technical Director for High-Power Microwaves, Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
8. 1994 - 1994, acting Director, Advanced Weapons and Survivability Directorate, Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
9. 1994 - 1995, Technical Director, Advanced Weapons and Survivability Directorate, Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
10. 1995 - 1996, Air Force Senior Scientist for High-Power Microwaves, Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
11. 1996 - 1997, Chief Scientist, Advanced Weapons and Survivability Directorate, Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
12. 1997 - 2000, Senior Scientist for High-Power Microwaves, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
13. 2000 - present, Chief Scientist, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1965 Phi Beta Kappa
1977 Science and Technology Award, Air Force Systems Command
1986 Commander's Award for Excellence, Air Force Weapons Laboratory
1988 Technical Manager of the Year, Air Force Weapons Laboratory
1997 Peter Haas Pulsed Power Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
1997 Directed Energy Award, Association of Old Crows
1998 Exemplary Civilian Service Award, U.S. Air Force
1999 Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
1999 Distinguished Civilian Service Award, Department of Defense
2003 Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Physical Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Board member, Directed Energy Professional Society
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Level III

 

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