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Chris Baker named Ohio Research Scholar


Professor Chris Baker
Chris Baker has joined The Ohio State University as Ohio Research Scholar in Integrated Sensor Systems and endowed professor of electrical and computer engineering. He is also the newest faculty member at the ElectroScience Laboratory.

“Professor Baker is one of the top radar systems researchers in the world. This area is of critical importance to the nation, and with the impending retirement of much of the workforce associated with radar, it is vital to train a new generation of radar experts,” Robert Lee, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said. “Unfortunately, there are very few universities that provide any training in radar systems. With the hiring of Professor Baker to complement our existing strength in radar-related areas, we plan to establish Ohio State as the premier university for radar education and research.”

Before joining Ohio State in June 2011, Baker was the dean and director of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University (ANU). Prior to this he held the Thales-Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of intelligent radar systems based at University College London.

Baker has been actively engaged in radar system research since 1984 and is the author of over two hundred publications. His research interests include, coherent radar techniques, radar signal processing, radar signal interpretation, electronically scanned radar systems, natural echo locating systems and radar imaging.

Baker is the recipient of the IEE Mountbatten premium (twice), the IEE Institute premium and is a Fellow of the IET. He is a visiting professor at the University of Cape Town, Cranfield University, University College London and Adelaide University.

The Ohio Research Scholars Program provides grants to strengthen and increase the number of clusters of research excellence that are led by Ohio's academic institutions that support regional economic priorities. The Ohio Research Scholars Program aims to achieve this through aggressive investment in the attraction of senior research talent and related facilities and equipment, and promotion of unique collaborations needed to build and sustain scientifically and commercially promising lines of research. The program is jointly funded and administered by the Ohio Department of Development and the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.