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Christopher S. Baird

Department of Physics
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, MA 01854
Christopher_Baird@uml.edu
faculty.uml.edu/cbaird
Office: (978) 934-1366

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: Dr. Robert 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
Awards: Dean's List, 1999-2001
2001

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Graduate Electromagnetics I, Instructor, UMass Lowell
Text: Jackson
Responsibilities: Created and presented all lecture material, created and corrected homework assignments, mentored homework presentations, created and corrected all examinations.
Topics: Electrostatics and magnetostatics with special attention to boundary value problems, quasistatic fields and displacement currents, Maxwell's equations.
 
2008-2015
Graduate Electromagnetics II, Instructor, UMass Lowell
Text: Jackson
Responsibilities: Created and presented all lecture material, created and corrected homework assignments, mentored homework presentations, created and corrected all examinations.
Topics: Plane waves, refraction, reflection, dispersion, Kramers-Kronig relations, waveguides, cavities, radiation, scattering, special relativity, covariant electrodynamics.
 
2009-2015
Physics II Lab, Teaching Assistant, UMass Lowell
Text: Pullen, Mittler, Schier
Responsibilities: Lectured lab section, corrected homework assignments, guided experiments.
Topics: Experiments in optics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics.
 
2004
Physics I Lab, Teaching Assistant, UMass Lowell
Text: Pullen, Mittler, Schier
Responsibilities: Lectured lab section, corrected homework assignments, guided experiments.
Topics: Methods and techniques of experimentation in physics, mechanics.
 
2003
Exploring the Universe Lab, Teaching Assistant, UMass Lowell
Text: Sky & Telescope Laboratory Exercises
Responsibilities: Lectured lab section, corrected homework assignments, guided experiments.
Topics: Measurement techniques of astronomy, earth-sun system, comparative planetology, spectra, cosmology.
 
2002-2004

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Radar Scattering Prediction and Analysis
Senior Scientist, Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory, UMass Lowell
Used computational prediction tools such as Xpatch and JRMBOR to determine the electromagnetic scattering properties of complex military targets.
 
2006-2015
Phenomenological Electromagnetic Scattering and ATR
Senior Scientist (2007-2015)/Graduate Student (2004-2007), Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory, UMass Lowell
Improved the accuracy and meaning of the Euler parameter approach to polarimetric radar scattering and developed an improved automatic target recognition algorithm based on the optimized Euler parameters. Applied the optimized Euler parameter imaging algorithm to the imaging and detection of subsurface defects in wind turbine blades.
 
2004-2015
Quantum Cascade Lasers
Senior Scientist, Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory, UMass Lowell
Built prediction code from first principles to self-consistently solve the Schroedinger-Poisson equations, scattering rate equations, waveguide equations, and population rate equations.
 
2007-2012
Ionospheric Plume Dynamics Modeling
Space Scholar, Air Force Research Laboratory, Hanscom Air Force Base
Developed an empirical model of ionospheric plume dynamics using algorithms that analyze all-sky photometric images.
 
2003
Photonic Bandgap Geometries
Undergraduate Student, Brigham Young University
Built and characterized photonic bandgap geometries.
 
2001
Molecular Dynamics Modeling
Undergraduate Student, Brigham Young University
Researched the dynamics of the Gramicidin molecule using prediction codes.
 
2000
Fractal Dimension Analysis
NSRC Scholar, Belmont High School, Massachusetts
Developed software to analyze fractal dimensions of random-walks patterns.
1995

SUPERVISION OF STUDENT RESEARCH

Robert Martin, Doctoral Student in Physics
Topic: Terahertz scattering of wind turbine blade defects.
 
2014-2015
Duncan Pettengill, Undergraduate Student in Physics
Topic: Terahertz quantum cascade laser optimization.
 
2012
Christopher Emma, Undergraduate Student in Physics
Topic: Analysis of CEM-predicted radar scattering signatures.
 
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

Department of Defense, Award ID: W911W5-11-C-0010, PI: Robert Giles
“Submillimeter-Wave Radar Signature Support”
 
       $4,634,165 2014
       $4,882,205 2013
       $3,887,306 2012
       $4,253,104
 
2011
Department of Defense, Award ID: W911W4-06-C-0020, PI: Robert Giles
“Submillimeter-Wave Radar Signature Support”
 
       $5,430,071 2010
       $5,263,182 2009
       $5,535,697 2008
     ~$5,000,000 2007
     ~$5,000,000
 
2006
NSF/WindSTAR, Project D1-14, PI: Christopher Niezrecki
“Large Area Turbine Blade Inspection”
 
            $48,503 2015
            $33,008 2014

PUBLICATIONS

“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.
 
Apr. 2010
“Optimization of semi-insulating surface-plasmon waveguides within terahertz QCL's using computational modelsC. 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 imageryC. 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.
 
Apr. 2007
“Classification of targets using optimized ISAR Euler imageryC. 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 spaceC. 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
Dozens of research papers provided to the U.S. military which cannot be listed here due to their sensitive nature. 2004-2015

PRESENTATIONS

“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
“ISAR Image Correlation of MSTAR Flight Platform Data to STL Scale Model DataC. Baird, Seminar presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
May 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 methodsC. 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 codeC. 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 imagesC. Baird, D. Pettengill, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, Seminar presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
June 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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Apr. 2010
“Optimization of semi-insulating surface-plasmon waveguides within terahertz QCL's using computational modelsC. Baird, B. Crompton, P. Slingerland, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, Presentation delivered at the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing Conference.
 
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 theoryC. 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 predictionC. Baird, Seminar presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Feb. 2009
“Terahertz quantum cascade lasersC. 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 imageryC. 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 imageryC. Baird, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, Presentation delivered at the SPIE Defence, Security, and Sensing Conference.
 
Apr. 2007
“Design and analysis of an automatic target recognition algorithm using optimized Euler ISAR imageryC. Baird, R. Giles, Seminar presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 
Mar. 2007
“Classification of targets using optimized ISAR Euler imageryC. 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 systemC. 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 imageryC. Baird, W. T. Kersey, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, Presentation delivered at the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing Conference.
 
Apr. 2006
“Exploitation of ISAR Imagery in Euler Parameter SpaceC. Baird, W. T. Kersey, R. Giles, W. E. Nixon, Presentation delivered at the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing Conference. Apr. 2005

ONLINE PUBLICATIONS AND OUTREACH

"Graduate Electromagnetics I lecture notes and applets"
Lecture material for the course 95.657 at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, including lecture notes and original interactive demonstration applets.
Website: faculty.uml.edu/cbaird/95.657(2014)/lecturenotes.html
 
2008-2015
"Graduate Electromagnetics II lecture notes and applets"
Lecture material for the course 95.658 at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, including lecture notes and original interactive demonstration applets.
Website: faculty.uml.edu/cbaird/95.658(2015)/lecturenotes.html
 
2008-2015
"Jackson Homework Solutions"
Detailed solutions to over 80 homework problems in Jackson's textbook.
Website: faculty.uml.edu/cbaird/allsolutions.html
 
2008-2015
"Science Questions with Surprising Answers"
Over 300 articles providing non-technical answers to science questions, viewed more than fifty thousand times a month.
Website: sciencequestionswithsurprisinganswers.org
 
2012-2015
"Quantum cascade laser theory"
Research group theoretical derivations.
Website: faculty.uml.edu/cbaird/research_QCL_theory.html
2011

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Physics, UMass Lowell
  • Instructor, Instructed and mentored students in graduate electromagnetics courses.
  • Graduate Comprehensive Examination Committee, Assisted in writing, administering, and grading the exam, which included giving ~20 individual oral exams each year.
  • Dissertation and Thesis Defense Committees, Participated in defense committees every year.

 
2007-2015
Senior Scientist, Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory, UMass Lowell
 
2007-2015
Peer Reviewer
  • Applied Physics Letters (APL)
  • OSA Optics Express
  • OSA Optics Letters
  • OSA Applied Optics
  • IOP Journal of Optics
  • IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program proposals
  • CRC Press - Taylor and Francis Group

2011-2015
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