Erin Baker, the Armstrong Professional Development Professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the director of the UMass IGERT Offshore Wind Energy Program, has been appointed the new associate dean in the College of Engineering, a key position that includes more than a dozen significant job responsibilities.
Just a few of those duties involve: initiating and/or coordinating major research proposals, centers, or other collaborative research initiatives; organizing institutional support and leveraging of state, private, and industry sources of funding as required; providing oversight of existing and planned college facilities (e.g., space allocations, renovations, and needs assessment); managing government relations at both Commonwealth and Federal levels; and promoting research interactions with industry and technology transfer.
Professor Baker has enjoyed a distinguished academic career, having generated more than $5,257,000 in sponsored research as a principal investigator. She has published some 42 papers in refereed academic journals, three refereed conference papers, five book chapters, and six working papers. She has also given two invited keynote and plenary addresses, 20 workshop presentations, 26 invited lectures, 49 conference presentations, and nine public service presentations.
Among her numerous honors, Baker earned a prestigious NSF CAREER Award, the Watkins Energy Journal Best Paper Award, and the College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award, and IEOR Advisor of the Year Award. She is a member of the Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the International Association for Energy Economics, and the Decision Analysis Society.
Baker earned her B.A. at the University of California Berkeley, and her M.S. and Ph.D. Stanford University.
Among other important duties of the associate dean are: overseeing college-wide assessment and evaluation of research (e.g., data collection, analysis, and report creation); providing oversight for responsible conduct of research, certified approvers, and research safety; overseeing faculty research awards and chair faculty awards committees; assisting the dean with faculty evaluation; developing and facilitating proposals that contribute to advancing research potential and faculty development; and representing the dean and the college priorities at research-related meetings on and off campus. (September 2018)