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Baker Elected to the American Society for Engineering Education’s Engineering Research Council Executive Board

Erin Baker

Erin Baker

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has elected Erin Baker, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and an asociate dean in the College of Engineering, as one of the three newly elected members of the Engineering Research Council (ERC) Executive Board.

In her nominating material, Baker said that “I am honored to be nominated for this position. I have found in the ERC an informative and supportive group, helping to support me as I support my college of engineering. I would be happy to have a chance to support the ERC mission and the membership through a position on the ASEE Engineering Research Council Board of Directors.”

Baker added that “I have attended the annual meeting for the last two years. I found it invaluable as a resource in my first few weeks in the role of associate dean. The information presented and especially the networking gave me a nice foundation to make a difference in my college.”

In addition, Baker explained that “Returning [to the annual meeting] the next year was even better, as I came with specific questions to discuss and looking forward to connecting with the people I had met the year before. I have also been on the Engineering Research Council Curtis W. McGraw Research Award committee for three award cycles.”

Baker concluded that “If elected, I would work to maintain and grow the vibrancy of the ERC community, primarily through the planning of an interactive and informative annual meeting.”

Baker is associate dean for Research and Graduate Affairs and the director of Faculty Diversity for the College of Engineering. She has also served as the Armstrong Professional Development Professor in the College of Engineering and is a long-standing Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in the MIE department.

Beyond that, Baker is the director of the Wind Energy Fellows, a follow-on from the National Science-Foundation-fundedIGERT: Offshore wind energy engineering, environmental impacts, and policy.

Baker has a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems & Operations Research from the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California Berkeley.

Baker has served on the Sections and Societies Committee of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS); as president of The Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment Section of INFORMS; and as a council member for the Decision Analysis Society.

Baker’s research is in decision making under uncertainty applied to the field of energy and the environment, with a focus on publicly funded energy technology research and development portfolios in the face of climate change. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Sloan Foundation, and others.

Baker has given invited keynote talks at WINDFARMS in Madrid and the International Energy Workshop in College Park, Maryland. She is also on the editorial board of Energy Economics and is an associate editor of IISE Transactions and Decision Analysis. (June 2020)