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Christopher S. Baird

74 Bush Hill Rd
Hudson, NH 03051
(978) 729-6676
 
chrisbaird.ma@gmail.com
faculty.uml.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

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Graduate Electromagnetics I, Sole Instructor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Text: Jackson
Responsibilities: Created and presented all lecture material. Designed and corrected homework problems and examinations. Mentored homework presentations.
Topics: Electrostatics and magnetostatics with special attention to boundary value problems, quasistatic fields and displacement currents, Maxwell's equations.
 
2008-2015
Graduate Electromagnetics II, Sole Instructor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Text: Jackson
Responsibilities: Created and presented all lecture material. Designed and corrected homework problems and examinations. Mentored homework presentations.
Topics: Plane waves, refraction, reflection, dispersion, Kramers-Kronig relations, waveguides, cavities, radiation, scattering, special relativity, covariant electrodynamics.
 
2009-2015
Physics II Lab, Teaching Assistant, University of Massachusetts 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, University of Massachusetts 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, University of Massachusetts 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,
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Used computational prediction tools such as Xpatch and JRMBOR to investigate the electromagnetic scattering properties of complex military targets. Generated and analyzed 2D inverse synthetic aperture radar imagery (ISAR) and 3D interferometric radar imagery (IFISAR).
 
2006-2015
Phenomenological Electromagnetic Scattering and ATR
Senior Scientist (2007-2015)/Graduate Student (2004-2007), Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Improved the accuracy and meaning of the Euler parameter approach to polarimetric radar scattering. Developed an improved automatic target recognition (ATR) algorithm based on the optimized Euler parameters. Applied the optimized Euler parameter decomposition to the imaging and detection of subsurface manufacturing defects in wind turbine blades.
 
2004-2015
Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers
Senior Scientist, Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory,
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Built prediction code from first principles that self-consistently solves the Schrφdinger-Poisson equations, scattering rate equations, waveguide equations, and population rate equations in order to calculate the output power and frequency spectrum of any terahertz quantum cascade laser (QCL) design. Used the code to design new terahertz QCL's that proved successful upon being fabricated and characterized.
 
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 air-glow images.
 
2003
Photonic Band Gap Geometries
Undergraduate Student, Brigham Young University
Built and characterized photonic band gap geometries.
 
2001
Molecular Dynamics Modeling
Undergraduate Student, Brigham Young University
Researched the dynamics of the gramicidin molecule using prediction codes.
2000

SUPERVISION OF STUDENT RESEARCH

Robert Martin, Doctoral Student in Physics
Topic: Wind turbine blade defect detection using terahertz Euler ISAR imaging.
 
2014-2015
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

Department of Defense, Award ID: W911W5-11-C-0010, 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, Award ID: W911W4-06-C-0020, 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, Project D1-14, 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

“Terahertz ISAR, infrared thermography, and x-ray imaging of large area wind turbine blade defects,” R. Martin, C. Baird, R. Giles, A. Schoenberg, C. Niezrecki, in Smart Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation for Energy Systems, edited by Norbert G. Meyendorf, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 9806 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA) 980618.
 
Mar. 2016
(accepted)
“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
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

“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 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, 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 modelsC. 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 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 Defense, Security, and Sensing Conference, Orlando, FL.
 
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, Orlando, FL.
 
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, Orlando, FL. Apr. 2005

ONLINE PUBLICATIONS AND OUTREACH

"Graduate Electromagnetics I lecture notes and applets"
Lecture notes and original interactive physical demonstration software packages for the Graduate Electromagnetics I course at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Website: faculty.uml.edu/cbaird/95.657(2015)/lecturenotes.html
 
2008-2015
"Graduate Electromagnetics II lecture notes and applets"
Lecture notes and original interactive physical demonstration software packages for the Graduate Electromagnetics II course at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Website: faculty.uml.edu/cbaird/95.658(2015)/lecturenotes.html
 
2008-2015
"Jackson Homework Solutions"
Detailed solutions to over 80 homework problems from Jackson's graduate electrodynamics textbook. Ranked #1 in Google searches for solutions tohomework problems from Jackson.
Website: faculty.uml.edu/cbaird/allsolutions.html
 
2008-2015
"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: sciencequestionswithsurprisinganswers.org
 
2012-2015
"Quantum Cascade Laser Theory"
Research group theoretical derivations.
Website: faculty.uml.edu/cbaird/research_QCL_theory.html
2011

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Senior Scientist, Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory,
University of Massachusetts Lowell

 
2007-2015
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Instructor
Graduate Comprehensive Examination Committees
Dissertation and Thesis Defense Committees
Student Research Supervisor
 
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

REFERENCES

Robert H. Giles
Physics Department Chair, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Olney Hall 136, One University Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854
978-934-3780
Robert_Giles@uml.edu
 
Andrew J. Gatesman
Assistant Director, Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory,
University of Massachusetts Lowell

175 Cabot St, Suite 130, Lowell, MA 01854
978-934-1365
Andrew_Gatesman@uml.edu
 
Viktor Podolskiy
Physics Department Assistant Chair, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Olney Hall 125, One University Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854
978-934-3398
Viktor_Podolskiy@uml.edu
 
Philip Slingerland
Research Analyst, Metron, Inc.
1818 Library Street, Suite 600, Reston, VA 20190
703-787-8700
philip@theslingerlands.net