Christopher S. Baird
Department of Physics
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, MA 01854

Christopher_Baird@uml.edu
faculty.uml.edu/cbaird
Office: (978) 9341366

EDUCATION
Ph.D. in Physics, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Dissertation Title: Design and Analysis of an Euler Transformation Algorithm Applied to FullPolarimetric ISAR Imagery
Advisor: Dr. Robert Giles, Professor, Department of Physics
Awards: Physics Graduate Student of the Year Award, FirstYear Physics Graduate Student of the Year Award

2007

B.S. in Physics, Brigham Young University
Minor: Mathematics
Awards: Dean's List, 19992001

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.

20082015

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, KramersKronig relations, waveguides, cavities, radiation, scattering, special relativity, covariant electrodynamics.

20092015

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, earthsun system, comparative planetology, spectra, cosmology.

20022004

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Radar Scattering Prediction and Analysis
Senior Scientist, SubmillimeterWave Technology Laboratory, UMass Lowell
Used computational prediction tools such as Xpatch and JRMBOR to determine the electromagnetic scattering properties of complex military targets.

20062015

Phenomenological Electromagnetic Scattering and ATR
Senior Scientist (20072015)/Graduate Student (20042007), SubmillimeterWave 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.

20042015

Quantum Cascade Lasers
Senior Scientist, SubmillimeterWave Technology Laboratory, UMass Lowell
Built prediction code from first principles to selfconsistently solve the SchroedingerPoisson equations, scattering rate equations, waveguide equations, and population rate equations.

20072012

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 allsky 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 randomwalks patterns.

1995

SUPERVISION OF STUDENT RESEARCH
Robert Martin, Doctoral Student in Physics
Topic: Terahertz scattering of wind turbine blade defects.

20142015

Duncan Pettengill, Undergraduate Student in Physics
Topic: Terahertz quantum cascade laser optimization.

2012

Christopher Emma, Undergraduate Student in Physics
Topic: Analysis of CEMpredicted radar scattering signatures.

2012

Karen Uttecht, Graduate Student in Computer Science
Topic: Automatic target recognition algorithms applied to ISAR imagery.

20112012

Adam Boudreau, Graduate Student in Mathematics
Topic: Automatic target recognition algorithms applied to ISAR imagery.

20102012

Philip Slingerland, Doctoral Student in Physics
Topic: Temperature effects in terahertz quantum cascade lasers.

20082011

Thomas Socorelis, Undergraduate Student in Mathematics
Topic: Genetic algorithm optimization of terahertz quantum cascade lasers.

20102011

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.

20072010

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: MonteCarlo simulations of electron dynamics.

20072008

Christopher Evans, Undergraduate Student in Physics
Topic: Radar scattering prediction and analysis.

20052007

GRANTS AND AWARDS
Department of Defense, Award ID: W911W511C0010, PI: Robert Giles
SubmillimeterWave Radar Signature Support


$4,634,165

2014

$4,882,205

2013

$3,887,306

2012

$4,253,104

2011

Department of Defense, Award ID: W911W406C0020, PI: Robert Giles
SubmillimeterWave 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 D114, PI: Christopher Niezrecki
Large Area Turbine Blade Inspection


$48,503

2015

$33,008

2014

PUBLICATIONS
Application of multisubband selfconsistent energy balance method to terahertz quantum cascade lasers, P. Slingerland, C. Baird, R. Giles, Semiconductor Science and Technology 27 (6).

May 2012

Onehalf milliwatt 2.31 THz continuouswave 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 electronelectron 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 semiinsulating surfaceplasmon 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 fullpolarimetric 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.

Apr. 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

Dozens of research papers provided to the U.S. military which cannot be listed here due to their sensitive nature.

20042015

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 Data, C. 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 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

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 electronelectron 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 semiinsulating surfaceplasmon 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.

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 fullpolarimetric 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 Defence, Security, and Sensing Conference.

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.

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.

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

20082015

"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

20082015

"Jackson Homework Solutions"
Detailed solutions to over 80 homework problems in Jackson's textbook.
Website: faculty.uml.edu/cbaird/allsolutions.html

20082015

"Science Questions with Surprising Answers"
Over 300 articles providing nontechnical answers to science questions, viewed more than fifty thousand times a month.
Website: sciencequestionswithchris.wordpress.com

20122015

"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.

20072015

Senior Scientist, SubmillimeterWave Technology Laboratory, UMass Lowell

20072015

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

20112015

Research Assistant, University of Massachusetts Lowell

20042007

Space Scholar, Air Force Research Laboratory, Hanscom Air Force Base

2003

Teaching Assistant, University of Massachusetts Lowell

20022004

Software Engineer, ZServe Corporation, Provo, UT

20012002

Research Assistant, Brigham Young University

2000

