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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

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Ph.D. in Physics, 2007
Dissertation Title: Design and Analysis of an Euler Transformation Algorithm Applied to Full-Polarimetric ISAR Imagery
Advisor: Dr. Robert Giles, Professor, Department of Physics
Physics Graduate Student of the Year Award Recipient, 2007
First-Year Physics Graduate Student of the Year Award Recipient, 2003

Brigham Young University
B.S. in Physics, 2001
Minor: Mathematics
Emphasis: Computer Science
Senior Research Project: Photonic Bandgap Geometries
Dean's List, 1999-2001

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Graduate Electromagnetics I, Fall 2008-2014, Adjunct Faculty, UMass Lowell
Text: Jackson
Class size: 5-10 students
Topics: Electrostatics and magnetostatics with special attention to boundary value problems, quasistatic fields and displacement currents, Maxwell's equations.
Responsibilities: Created and presented all lecture material, created and corrected homework assignments, mentored homework presentations, created and corrected all examinations.

Graduate Electromagnetics II, Spring 2009-2014, Adjunct Faculty, UMass Lowell
Text: Jackson
Class size: 5-10 students
Topics: Plane waves, refraction, reflection, dispersion, Kramers-Kronig relations, waveguides, cavities, radiation, scattering, relativity, covariant electrodynamics.
Responsibilities: Created and presented all lecture material, created and corrected homework assignments, mentored homework presentations, created and corrected all examinations.

Physics II Lab, 2004, Teaching Assistant, UMass Lowell
Text: Pullen, Mittler, Schier
Class size: 10-15 students
Topics: Experiments in optics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics.
Responsibilities: Lectured lab section, corrected homework assignments, guided experiments.

Physics I Lab, 2003, Teaching Assistant, UMass Lowell
Text: Pullen, Mittler, Schier
Class size: 10-15 students
Topics: Methods and techniques of experimentation in physics, mechanics.
Responsibilities: Lectured lab section, corrected homework assignments, guided experiments.

Exploring the Universe Lab, 2002-2004, Teaching Assistant, UMass Lowell
Text: Sky & Telescope Laboratory Exercises
Class size: 15-20 students
Topics: Measurement techniques of astronomy, earth-sun system, comparative planetology, spectra, cosmology.
Responsibilities: Lectured lab section, corrected homework assignments, guided experiments.

SUPERVISION OF STUDENT RESEARCH

Robert Martin, 2014, Doctoral Student in Physics:
Polarimetric electromagnetic scattering.

Duncan Pettengill, 2012, Undergraduate Student in Physics:
Terahertz quantum cascade laser optimization.

Christopher Emma, 2012, Undergraduate Student in Physics:
Analysis of CEM-predicted radar scattering signatures.

Karen Uttecht, 2011-2012, Graduate Student in Computer Science:
Automatic target recognition algorithms applied to full-polarimetric ISAR imagery.

Adam Boudreau, 2010-2012, Graduate Student in Mathematics:
Automatic target recognition algorithms applied to full-polarimetric ISAR imagery.

Philip Slingerland, 2008-2011, Doctoral Student in Physics:
Temperature effects and transport phenomena in terahertz quantum cascade lasers.

Thomas Socorelis, 2010-2011, Undergraduate Student in Mathematics:
Genetic algorithm optimization of terahertz quantum cascade lasers.

Betty Makovoz, 2010, Undergraduate Student in Mathematics:
Bistatic effects of radar scattering over small angles in computational predictions.

Bryan Crompton, 2007-2010, Undergraduate Student in Physics and Mathematics:
Waveguide and rate equation optimization of terahertz quantum cascade lasers.

Alex Petrosillo, 2009, Undergraduate Student in Mathematics:
Impurity scattering in terahertz quantum cascade lasers.

Sam O'Brien, 2008, Undergraduate Student in Mathematics:
Waveguide prediction in terahertz quantum cascade lasers.

Jareth Arnold, 2007-2008, Undergraduate Student in Physics:
Monte-Carlo simulations of electron dynamics.

Christopher Evans, 2005-2007, Undergraduate Student in Physics:
Radar scattering prediction and analysis.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Radar Scattering Prediction and Analysis, 2006-2014
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.

Phenomenological Electromagnetic Scattering, 2004-2014
Graduate Student then Senior Scientist, 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.

Automatic Target Recognition, 2011-2014
Senior Scientist, Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory, UMass Lowell
Built complete automatic target recognition algorithm using electromagnetic scattering imagery in optimized Euler parameter space using advanced normalization techniques.

Quantum Cascade Lasers, 2007-2014
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 rate equations.

Ionospheric Plume Dynamics Modeling, 2003
Space Scholar, Air Force Research Laboratory
Developed an empirical model of ionospheric plume dynamics using algorithms that analyze all-sky photometric images.

Photonic Bandgap Geometries, 2001
Undergraduate Student, Brigham Young University
Built and characterized photonic bandgap geometries.

Molecular Dynamics Modeling, 2000
Undergraduate Student, Brigham Young University
Researched the dynamics of the Gramicidin molecule using prediction codes.

Fractal Dimension Analysis, 1995
NSRC Scholar, Belmont High School
Developed software to analyze fractal dimensions of random-walks patterns.

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, Creidhe M. O'Sullivan, 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, April 2010.

Optimization of semi-insulating surface-plasmon 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, April 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, April 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, April 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.

INTERNAL REPORTS

Analysis of the ERADS ISAR Image Correlation Software using GAZ-66 X-Band Field Signatures, C. Baird, Internal report prepared for the National Ground Intelligence Center, April 2014.

General Trends of the Creeping Wave Response of Rocket-Sized Cylinders, C. Baird, Internal report prepared for the National Ground Intelligence Center, June 2013.

Analysis of the Xpatch Scattering Centers Code, C. Baird, C. Emma, Internal report prepared for the National Ground Intelligence Center, May 2013.

Investigation of the HY Rocket using Xpatch Scattering Center Predictions, C. Baird, C. Emma, Internal report prepared for the National Ground Intelligence Center, May 2013.

Fully-Polarimetric Xpatch Radar Predictions of the Simulator for X-Band, C. Baird, Internal report prepared for the National Ground Intelligence Center, May 2013.

Analysis of the Creeping Wave Response from Cylinders in the Ku-Band using JRMBOR, C. Baird, Internal report prepared for the National Ground Intelligence Center, February 2013.

Studies of Various CAD geometry models of thick glass in Xpatch, C. Baird, Internal report prepared for the National Ground Intelligence Center, June 2012.

The effect of bistatic angle on RCS predictions of simple shapes using Xpatch, C. Baird, C. Emma, Internal report prepared for the National Ground Intelligence Center, June 2012.

Fully-polarimetric Xpatch radar predictions of the Simulator for C-band, C. Baird, Internal report prepared for the National Ground Intelligence Center, May 2012.

Investigations of periodic sub-wavelength scattering effects using JRMBOR, C. Baird, Internal report prepared for the National Ground Intelligence Center, May 2012.

Quantum cascade laser theory, C. Baird, Research group derivations, Sept. 2011.

Rocket data transformation validation, C. Baird, Internal report prepared for the National Ground Intelligence Center, March 2011.

Fully-polarimetric Xpatch radar collections of the 9M55K rocket for S-band, C. Baird, Internal report prepared for the National Ground Intelligence Center, Oct. 2009.

Fully-polarimetric Xpatch radar collections of the Kamov Ka-27PL helicopter for X-band, C. Baird, Internal report prepared for the National Ground Intelligence Center, April 2008.

Graduate electromagnetics lecture notes, C. Baird, Lecture material for courses at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2008-2013.

Validation of JRMBOR-predicted OF540 data, C. Baird, M. McGrath, Internal report prepared for the National Ground Intelligence Center, Sept. 2007.

Initial assessment of the accuracy of Xpatch radar signatures at STL, C. Baird, C. Evans, B. Kersey, R. H. Giles, Internal report prepared for the National Ground Intelligence Center, Aug. 2006.

PRESENTATIONS

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, April 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, April 2010.

Optimization of semi-insulating surface-plasmon 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, April 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, March 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, April 2008.

Design and analysis of an Euler transformation algorithm applied to full-polarimetric ISAR imagery, C. Baird, supervised by R. Giles, Ph.D. dissertation defense presentation delivered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, April 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, April 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, March, 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, April 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, April 2005.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Adjunct Faculty, 2007-2014
Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Instructed and mentored students in graduate electromagnetics courses.
Assisted in writing and administering the Graduate Comprehensive Examination.
Participated in multiple thesis defense committees.

Senior Scientist, 2007-2014
Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Peer Reviewer of Manuscripts, 2011-2014
IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
OSA Optics Express
Applied Physics Letters (APL)

Research Assistant, 2004-2007
Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Space Scholar, 2003
Air Force Research Laboratory, Hanscom Air Force Base

Teaching Assistant, 2002-2004
Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Software Engineer, 2001-2002
ZServe Corporation, Provo, UT

Research Assistant, 2000
Department of Physiology & Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University