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Christopher S. Baird

WTAMU Box 60732
Canyon, TX 79016
806-651-4264
cbaird@wtamu.edu
chrisbaird.ma@gmail.com
wtamu.edu/~cbaird

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Physics, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Dissertation Title: "Design and Analysis of an Euler Transformation Algorithm Applied to Full-Polarimetric ISAR Imagery"
Advisor: Robert H. Giles, Professor, Department of Physics
Awards: Physics Graduate Student of the Year Award, First-Year Physics Graduate Student of the Year Award
 
2007
B.S. in Physics, Brigham Young University
Minor: Mathematics, Emphasis: Computer Science
Awards: Dean's List, 1999-2001
2001

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

Assistant Professor of Physics, West Texas A&M University
2016-present
Senior Scientist, Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory
2007-2016
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts Lowell
2007-2016
Research Assistant, University of Massachusetts Lowell
2004-2007
Space Scholar, Air Force Research Laboratory, Hanscom Air Force Base
2003
Teaching Assistant, University of Massachusetts Lowell
2002-2004
Software Engineer, ZServe Corporation, Provo, UT
2001-2002
Research Assistant, Brigham Young University 2000

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Electromagnetism, West Texas A&M University 2016-present
Optics, West Texas A&M University 2016-present
General Physics I, West Texas A&M University 2016-present
General Physics II, West Texas A&M University 2016-present
Calculus Physics I, West Texas A&M University 2016-present
Calculus Physics II, West Texas A&M University 2016-present
Graduate Electromagnetism I, University of Massachusetts Lowell 2008-2016
Graduate Electromagnetism II, University of Massachusetts Lowell 2009-2016
Physics II Lab, University of Massachusetts Lowell 2004
Physics I Lab, University of Massachusetts Lowell 2003
Exploring the Universe Lab, University of Massachusetts Lowell 2002-2004

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers
Assistant Professor of Physics, West Texas A&M University and
Senior Scientist, Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory, UMass Lowell
 
2007-present
Radar Scattering Prediction and Analysis
Senior Scientist, Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory,
University of Massachusetts Lowell

 
2006-2016
Phenomenological Electromagnetic Scattering and ATR
Senior Scientist (2007-2015)/Graduate Student (2004-2007), Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory, University of Massachusetts Lowell
 
2004-2016
Ionospheric Plume Dynamics Modeling
Space Scholar, Air Force Research Laboratory, Hanscom Air Force Base
 
2003
Photonic Band Gap Geometries
Undergraduate Student, Brigham Young University
 
2001
Molecular Dynamics Modeling
Undergraduate Student, Brigham Young University
2000

SUPERVISION OF STUDENT RESEARCH

Marissa Lafferty, Undergraduate Student in Physics
Topic: Terahertz quantum cascade lasers.
 
2017-present
Alec Baldwin, Undergraduate Student in Physics
Topic: Terahertz quantum cascade lasers.
 
2018-2019
Robert Martin, Doctoral Student in Physics
Topic: Wind turbine blade defect detection using terahertz Euler ISAR imaging.
 
2014-2016
Duncan Pettengill, Undergraduate Student in Physics
Topic: Terahertz quantum cascade laser optimization.
 
2012
Christopher Emma, Undergraduate Student in Physics
Topic: Analysis of code-predicted radar signatures of military targets.
 
2012
Karen Uttecht, Graduate Student in Computer Science
Topic: Automatic target recognition algorithms applied to ISAR imagery.
 
2011-2012
Adam Boudreau, Graduate Student in Mathematics
Topic: Automatic target recognition algorithms applied to ISAR imagery.
 
2010-2012
Philip Slingerland, Doctoral Student in Physics
Topic: Temperature effects in terahertz quantum cascade lasers.
 
2008-2011
Thomas Socorelis, Undergraduate Student in Mathematics
Topic: Genetic algorithm optimization of terahertz quantum cascade lasers.
 
2010-2011
Betty Makovoz, Undergraduate Student in Mathematics
Topic: Bistatic effects of radar scattering in computational predictions.
 
2010
Bryan Crompton, Undergraduate Student in Physics and Mathematics
Topic: Waveguide optimization of terahertz quantum cascade lasers.
 
2007-2010
Alex Petrosillo, Undergraduate Student in Mathematics
Topic: Impurity scattering in terahertz quantum cascade lasers.
 
2009
Sam O'Brien, Undergraduate Student in Mathematics
Topic: Waveguide prediction in terahertz quantum cascade lasers.
 
2008
Jareth Arnold, Undergraduate Student in Physics
Topic: Monte-Carlo simulations of electron dynamics.
 
2007-2008
Christopher Evans, Undergraduate Student in Physics
Topic: Radar scattering prediction and analysis.
2005-2007

GRANTS AND AWARDS

National Science Foundation
PI's: Christopher Baird, Nick Flynn, Donna Byers, Greg McGovern
Title: Buffs Leading Innovation in Science Success.
 
$199,909 2023
$199,909 2022
$199,909 2021
$199,909 2020
$199,909
 
2019
Department of Defense
PI: Robert Giles
Title: Submillimeter-Wave Radar Signature Support.
Role: Helped write the proposal that earned this funding.
 
~$4,000,000 2015
$4,634,165 2014
$4,882,205 2013
$3,887,306 2012
$4,253,104
 
2011
Department of Defense
PI: Robert Giles
Title: Submillimeter-Wave Radar Signature Support.
Role: Helped write the proposal that earned this funding.
 
$5,430,071 2010
$5,263,182 2009
$5,535,697 2008
~$5,000,000 2007
~$5,000,000
 
2006
National Science Foundation/WindSTAR
PI: Christopher Niezrecki
Title: Large Area Turbine Blade Inspection
Role: Helped give a presentation that earned this funding.
 
$48,503 2015
$33,008 2014

PUBLICATIONS

"Radiation," C. Baird, AccessScience, McGraw Hill.
 
Dec. 2019
"Magnetism," C. Baird, AccessScience, McGraw Hill.
 
Dec. 2019
"Magnet," C. Baird, AccessScience, McGraw Hill.
 
Dec. 2019
"Absorption of electromagnetic radiation," C. Baird, AccessScience, McGraw Hill.
 
Sept. 2019
"Electromagnetic radiation," C. Baird, AccessScience, McGraw Hill.
 
June 2019
"Electromagnetism," C. Baird, AccessScience, McGraw Hill.
 
May 2019
"Analysis of approximations used in terahertz quantum cascade laser doping calculations," C. Baird, M. Lafferty, in Terahertz, RF, Millimeter, and Submillimeter-Wave Technology and Applications XII, edited by Laurence Sadwick and Tianxin Tang, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 10917 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA) 109171W.
 
Mar. 2019
"The effects of a common approximation used in the polarizability calculations of electron-electron subband screening in quantum well devices," C. Baird, M. Lafferty, P. Slingerland, in Low-Dimensional Materials and Devices 2018, edited by Nobuhiko P. Kobayashi, A. Alec Talin, M. Saif Islam, and Albert V. Davydov, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 10725 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA) 107250E.
 
Sept. 2018
"Terahertz ISAR and x-ray imaging of wind turbine blade structures," R. Martin, C. Baird, R. Giles, C. Niezrecki, in Smart Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation for Energy Systems, edited by Norbert G. Meyendorf, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 9806 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA) 980601.
 
Apr. 2016
Analysis of Polarimetric Terahertz Imaging for Non-Destructive Detection of Subsurface Defects in Wind Turbine Blades., R. Martin, supervised by C. Baird, Masters thesis, University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Jan. 2016
"Application of multi-subband self-consistent energy balance method to terahertz quantum cascade lasers," P. Slingerland, C. Baird, R. Giles, Semiconductor Science and Technology 27 (6).
 
May 2012
"One-half milliwatt 2.31 THz continuous-wave QCL operating at 77K," X. Qian, N. Chandrayan, S. Vangala, W. Goodhue, A. Danylov, J. Waldman, C. Baird, R. H. Giles, W. E. Nixon, in Terahertz Technology and Applications V, edited by Laurence P. Sadwick, Creidhe M. O'Sullivan, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 8261 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA) 82610K.
 
Feb. 2012
Temperature effects and transport phenomena in terahertz quantum cascade lasers, P. Slingerland, supervised by C. Baird, Ph.D. dissertation, University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Nov. 2011
"The effects of various approximations on electron-electron scattering calculations in QCLs," P. Slingerland, C. Baird, R. Giles, in Terahertz Technology and Applications IV, edited by Laurence P. Sadwick, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 7938 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA) 793809.
 
Feb. 2011
"The effects of electron temperature in terahertz quantum cascade laser predictions," P. Slingerland, C. Baird, B. Crompton, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, in Modeling and Simulation for Defense Systems and Applications V, edited by Eric J. Kelmelis, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 7705 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA) 77050C.
 
May 2010
"Optimization of semi-insulating surface-plasmon waveguides within terahertz QCL's using computational models," C. Baird, B. Crompton, P. Slingerland, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, in Terahertz Physics, Devices, and Systems IV: Advanced Applications in Industry and Defense, edited by Mehdi Anwar, Nibir K. Dhar, Thomas W. Crowe, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 7671 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA) 767109.
 
Apr. 2010
Design and analysis of an Euler transformation algorithm applied to full-polarimetric ISAR imagery, C. Baird, supervised by R. Giles, Ph.D. dissertation, University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Apr. 2007
"Development and assessment of a complete ATR algorithm based on ISAR Euler imagery," C. Baird, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, in Radar Sensor Technology XI, edited by James L. Kurtz, Robert J. Tan, Proceedings of the SPIE Vol. 6547 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA) 65470N.
 
May 2007
"Classification of targets using optimized ISAR Euler imagery," C. Baird, W. T. Kersey, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, in Radar Sensor Technology X, edited by Robert N. Trebits, James L. Kurtz, Proceedings of the SPIE Vol. 6210 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA) 62100A.
 
May 2006
"Exploitation of ISAR imagery in Euler parameter space," C. Baird, W. T. Kersey, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, in Radar Sensor Technology IX, edited by Robert N. Trebits, James L. Kurtz, Proceedings of the SPIE Vol. 5788 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA) 57880L.
 
May 2005
Several research papers and technical reports have been authored by C. Baird every year and provided to the U.S. military. These publications cannot be listed here due to their sensitive nature. 2004-2015

PRESENTATIONS

"Fermi Energy Effects in Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers," C. Baird, M. Lafferty, Presentation at West Texas A&M University Physics Seminar.
 
Sept. 2019
"Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers: What are the Typical Values of the Fermi Energy?," M. Lafferty, C. Baird, Poster Presentation at the West Texas A&M University Student Research Conference.
 
Apr. 2019
"Analysis of Approximations used in Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser Doping Calculations," C. Baird, M. Lafferty, Presentation delivered at the SPIE Terahertz, RF, Millimeter, and Submillimeter-Wave Technology and Applications XII Conference, San Francisco, CA.
 
Feb. 2019
"Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers: Determining the Optimal Waveguide for 1.5 THz," M. Lafferty, C. Baird, Poster Presentation at the 2018 Texas A&M System Pathways Student Research Symposium.
 
Nov. 2018
"Computational Investigation of Waveguide Effects in Low-Frequency Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers," M. Lafferty, C. Baird, Invited Presentation at the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
 
Oct. 2018
"Electron Dynamics in Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers," C. Baird, M. Lafferty, A. Baldwin, Presentation at West Texas A&M University Physics Seminar.
 
Sept. 2018
"The Effects of a Common Approximation Used in Polarizability Calculations of Electron-Electron Subband Screening in Quantum Well Devices," C. Baird, M. Lafferty, P. Slingerland, Presentation delivered at the SPIE Low-Dimensional Materials and Devices 2018 Conference, San Diego, CA.
 
Aug. 2018
"Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers: Which Electron Population Algorithm is the Fastest?," M. Lafferty, C. Baird, Poster Presentation at the West Texas A&M University Student Research Conference.
 
Apr. 2018
"Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser Computational Research," C. Baird, Presentation at West Texas A&M University Physics Seminar.
 
Oct. 2017
"Wind Turbine Defect Detection using Terahertz Imaging," C. Baird, Invited Presentation at the North American Wind Research and Training Center.
 
Nov. 2016
"Terahertz Imaging: From Quantum Cascade Lasers to Wind Turbine Defect Detection," C. Baird, Presentation at West Texas A&M University Physics Seminar.
 
Apr. 2016
"Terahertz ISAR and x-ray imaging of wind turbine blade structures," R. Martin, C. Baird, R. Giles, and C. Niezrecki, Presentation delivered at the SPIE Smart Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation for Energy Systems 2016 Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
 
Mar. 2016
"Analysis of Polarimetric Terahertz Imaging for Non-Destructive Detection of Subsurface Defects in Wind Turbine Blades," R. Martin, supervised by C. Baird, Masters thesis defense presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Jan. 2016
"Large Area Turbine Blade Inspection, June 2015," R. Martin, C. Niezrecki, R. Giles, C. Baird, Presentation at the WindSTAR IAB Meeting, University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
June 2015
"Large Area Turbine Blade Inspection, Jan. 2015," R. Martin, C. Niezrecki, R. Giles, C. Baird, Presentation at the WindSTAR IAB Meeting, University of Texas at Dallas.
 
Jan. 2015
"Identification of the center of a rectangular vehicle in ISAR images using various methods," C. Baird, D. Pettengill, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, Seminar presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
July 2012
"Use of the Xpatch scattering centers code," C. Baird, C. Emma, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, Seminar presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
July 2012
"Automatic identification of the orientation of rectangular vehicles in ISAR images," C. Baird, D. Pettengill, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, Seminar presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
June 2012
"One-half milliwatt 2.31 THz continuous-wave QCL operating at 77K," X. Qian, N. Chandrayan, S. Vangala, W. Goodhue, A. Danylov, J. Waldman, C. Baird, R. H. Giles, W. E. Nixon, Presentation delivered at the SPIE Photonics West Conference, San Francisco, CA.
 
Feb. 2012
"Temperature effects and transport phenomena in terahertz quantum cascade lasers," P. Slingerland, supervised by C. Baird, Ph.D. dissertation defense presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Nov. 2011
"The effects of individual subband electron temperatures in terahertz quantum cascade laser predictions," P. Slingerland, C. Baird, R. Giles, Presentation delivered at the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing Conference, Orlando, FL.
 
Apr. 2011
"The effects of various approximations on electron-electron scattering calculations in QCLs," P. Slingerland, C. Baird, R. Giles, Presentation delivered at the SPIE Photonics West Conference, San Francisco, CA.
 
Feb. 2011
"The effects of electron temperature in terahertz quantum cascade laser predictions," P. Slingerland, C. Baird, B. Crompton, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, Presentation delivered at the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing Conference, Orlando, FL.
 
Apr. 2010
"Optimization of semi-insulating surface-plasmon waveguides within terahertz QCL's using computational models," C. Baird, B. Crompton, P. Slingerland, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, Presentation delivered at the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing Conference, Orlando, FL.
 
Apr. 2010
"Study of electron temperature in quantum cascade lasers," P. Slingerland, C. Baird, Seminar presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Feb. 2010
"Electromagnetic scattering theory," C. Baird, Seminar presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Oct. 2009
"QCL fundamentals," P. Slingerland, C. Baird, Seminar presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Oct. 2009
"Rate equations and their implementation in QCLs," P. Slingerland, C. Baird, Seminar presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
June 2009
"QCL prediction code progress and rate equations," P. Slingerland, C. Baird, Seminar presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Mar. 2009
"Quantum cascade laser code prediction," C. Baird, Seminar presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Feb. 2009
"Terahertz quantum cascade lasers," C. Baird, Poster presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Apr. 2008
"Design and analysis of an Euler transformation algorithm applied to full-polarimetric ISAR imagery," C. Baird, supervised by R. Giles, Ph.D. dissertation defense presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Apr. 2007
"Development and assessment of a complete ATR algorithm based on ISAR Euler imagery," C. Baird, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, Presentation delivered at the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing Conference, Orlando, FL.
 
Apr. 2007
"Design and analysis of an automatic target recognition algorithm using optimized Euler ISAR imagery," C. Baird, R. Giles, Seminar presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Mar. 2007
"Classification of targets using optimized ISAR Euler imagery," C. Baird, W. T. Kersey, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, Advanced Projects thesis defense presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Nov. 2006
"Initial assessment of the STL Xpatch radar prediction system," C. Baird, C. Evans, W. T. Kersey, R. Giles, Seminar presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Aug. 2006
"Classification of targets using optimized ISAR Euler imagery," C. Baird, W. T. Kersey, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, Presentation delivered at the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing Conference, Orlando, FL.
 
Apr. 2006
"Exploitation of ISAR Imagery in Euler Parameter Space," C. Baird, W. T. Kersey, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, Presentation delivered at the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing Conference, Orlando, FL. Apr. 2005

OTHER PUBLICATIONS AND OUTREACH

Lower-level Physics Lab Class Manuals
Lab manuals for General Physics 1 Lab, General Physics 2 Lab, Calculus Physics 1 Lab, and Calculus Physics 2 Lab, student and teaching assistant versions. Each manual contains 12 experiments.
 
2019-present
"Science Questions with Surprising Answers"
Over 300 articles providing highly accurate non-technical answers to science questions submitted by readers from around the world.
Website: wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/
 
2012-present
"Graduate Electromagnetics I lecture notes"
Lecture notes for the Graduate Electromagnetics I course at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Website: wtamu.edu/~cbaird/courses.html
 
2008-2016
"Graduate Electromagnetics II lecture notes"
Lecture notes for the Graduate Electromagnetics II course at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Website: wtamu.edu/~cbaird/courses.html
 
2008-2016
"Jackson Homework Solutions"
Detailed solutions to over 80 homework problems from Jackson's graduate electrodynamics textbook. Ranked #1 in Google searches for solutions to homework problems from Jackson.
Website: wtamu.edu/~cbaird/courses.html
 
2008-2016
"Quantum Cascade Laser Theory"
Research group theoretical derivations.
Website: wtamu.edu/~cbaird/research_QCL_theory.html
2011

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Physics Class Schedule Planner, West Texas A&M University
2019-present
Physics Teaching Assistant Trainer, West Texas A&M University
2019-present
Department Curriculum Committee Member, West Texas A&M University
2018-present
New Student Orientation Advisor, West Texas A&M University
2017-present
Transfer Student Orientation Advisor, West Texas A&M University
2017-present
Judge for the Student Research Conference, West Texas A&M University 2017-present
WT125 Strategic Planning Committee Member, West Texas A&M University 2017-present
Faculty Advisor to the Society of Physics Students, West Texas A&M University 2016-present
Supervisor of Physics Lab Classes, West Texas A&M University
2016-present
Facilitator of Texas Physics Consortium Classes, West Texas A&M University
2016-present
Physics Faculty Search Committee, West Texas A&M University
2019
Host of Visiting Fulbright Scholar, West Texas A&M University 2017
Physics Comprehensive Graduate Exam Committee Member, UMass Lowell 2008-2016
Member of Masters Thesis Defense Committee for Robert Martin, UMass Lowell 2016
Member of Doctoral Dissertation Defense Committee for Brian Wells, UMass Lowell 2016
Member of Masters Thesis Defense Committee for Christopher Roberts, UMass Lowell 2015
Member of Doctoral Dissertation Defense Committee for Philip Slingerland, UMass Lowell 2012
Member of Masters Thesis Defense Committee for Robert Esposito, UMass Lowell 2010

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Texas Physics Consortium Registration Coordinator, Texas A&M University System
2019-present
Author and Publisher of 300+ articles on Science Questions with Surprising Answers
2012-present
Peer Reviewer of Research Articles for:
  • Applied Physics Letters (2013)
  • AIP Advances (2017)
  • Journal of Applied Physics (2016, 2017)
  • Optics Express (2012, 2017)
  • Optics Letters (2014)
  • Applied Optics (2015, 2017, 2018)
  • Journal of Optics (2015, 2017, 2018, 2018)
  • IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (2011, 2012, 2015, 2015)
2011-present
Peer Reviewer of Grants for:
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities (2018)
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program (2014, 2015)
2014-present
Peer Reviewer of Books for:
  • CRC Press - Taylor and Francis Group (2015)
2015
Judge for the Pathways Student Research Symposium, Texas A&M University System
2018
Scientific Consultant, Popular Mechanics and Who Wants To Be a Millionaire 2016

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Boy Scout/Youth Leader, Amarillo, TX
2017-present
National Science Bowl Judge, Amarillo, TX 2017-2018
Demonstrator at Canyon High School Science Night, Canyon, TX 2016-2017
Judge for the Randall High School Science Research Conference, Canyon, TX 2018
Demonstrator at Canyon Area Library Solar Eclipse Viewing Event, Canyon, TX 2017