Warren J. Baker
Warren J. Baker
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Warren J. Baker

President, California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo


University of Notre Dame, B.S. (1960) and M.S. (1962) in Civil Engineering

University of New Mexico, Ph.D. Degree in Civil Engineering (1966)

Institute for Educational Management, Harvard Business School (1978)

Administrative Experience

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, President (August 1979- )

University of Detroit: Vice President for Academic Affairs (1976-79); Dean, College of Engineering, and Chrysler Professor (1973-78); Acting Chairman, Department of Civil Engineering (1972-73); Chairman of the Faculty, College of Engineering (1968-71)

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque: Supervisor of Laboratory Research (January 1965 to June 1966)

Teaching and Research Experience

University of Detroit: Professor of Civil Engineering (1972-79); Associate Professor of Engineering (1967-71); Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering (1966-67)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, Visiting NSF Faculty Fellow (June 1971-Sept.1972)

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque: Lecturer and Research Associate Engineer (May 1962-June 1966)

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, Research/Teaching Assistant (Sept. 1960-June 1962)

Current Research Specializations

International Development Assistance; Science and Technology Policy; Risk Analysis

Professional Society Memberships and Activities

Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (1959- ); member, Engineering Education and Research Policy Committee (1985-89); chairman, Geotechnical Engineering Division's National Committee on Reliability and Probabilistic Concepts in Geotechnical Engineering (1973-76); member, Publications Committee, Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division (1975-82); member, Visiting Committee for Accreditation, Engineers Council for Professional Development; director, Southeastern Michigan Branch (1968, 1969, 1974); Member, Steering Committee, ASCE-UNM International Symposium on Wave Propagation and Dynamic Properties of Earth Materials (1966-67)

National Society of Professional Engineers (1964- ); member, National Educational Advisory Group (1988-91); director, president-elect, president, Detroit Chapter (1973-76); chairman, Education Committee, Detroit Chapter (1973); member, MSPE State Engineering Preparation Committee; chairman, MSPE State Engineering Dean's Liaison Committee (1974-76)

American Society for Engineering Education (1966- )

International Society for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering: participant, Toronto, Canada, Conference (1965); Mexico City, Mexico, Conference (1969); Moscow, U.S.S.R., Conference (1973)

Transportation Research Board (1969-73)

Fellow, Engineering Society of Detroit (1966-79)

Professional Consulting Experience

Geotechnical Consultant (1964- ): Specialized geotechnical problems, Expert witness testimony, Design of foundations on compressible soils, Laterally loaded piles, Flexible retaining structures, Soft ground tunnels in mixed soils, Rock reinforcement, Explosive evacuation methods to avoid property damage

Educational Consultant (1971- )

Doctor of Engineering degree programs, graduate program in management for Spanish businessmen

Professional Registration

Registered Civil Engineer since 1964 in New Mexico, Michigan, Massachusetts, and California

Honors and Awards

Cavanaugh Award for distinguished service, University of Notre Dame (1997)

Engineering Outstanding Alumnus Award, University of New Mexico (1983)

Engineering Honor Award Recipient, University of Notre Dame (1980)

NSPE-California Society of Professional Engineers, Distinguished Education Achievement Award (1980)

Elected to College of Fellows, Engineering Society of Detroit (1977)

Included in Outstanding Educators of America (1970)

Included in Who's Who in Engineering, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in America

Member, Tau Beta Pi, engineering honorary society

Member, Chi Epsilon, civil engineering honorary society

Member, Phi Kappa Phi, national honorary society

Recent Invited Addresses/Lectures

Chaoyang University of Technology: commencement address and keynote speaker at the Colloquium on Polytechnic Education (2000)

"Bridging the High Tech Workforce Gap: In Search of Educational Strategies to Meet the Workforce Needs of the New California Economy," The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco (Sept. 2000)

"The Challenge to Universities at the Beginning of the 21st Century: The Information Age, Diversity and Funding," University of Notre Dame (1997) National Engineers' Week Presentation, Irvine, CA (1996)

"Information Technology and Re-Engineering in Higher Education, the California State University System's Integrated Technology Strategies," Workshop on Re-Engineering Engineering Education, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1995)

"Mobilizing a Statewide Learning System for Workforce Competitiveness, the California State University System's Integrated Technology Strategies," National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges' Commission on Outreach and Technology Transfer Strategic Working Conference, Washington, D.C. (1995)

"Higher Education in Transition - If We Build It, Will They Come?" American Publishers Annual Meeting, San Francisco (1995)

"Business Restructuring - What May Apply to California Higher Education," California Business-Higher Education Forum, La Quinta (1995)

"Technology on Campus: A New Leadership Challenge," American Council on Education, San Francisco (1995) "Federal High Performance Computing Initiatives," SUPER 91 Conference, Park City, UT (1991)

"The Virtual University and Its Importance to Higher Education," Keynote address, Telecon XIV, Anaheim, CA (1994)

Significant Publications In

Journal of Terramechanics; Operations Research; Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundation Division (ASCE); U.S. Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Reports, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command, Reports; Chapter in Nuclear Geoplosics, a Source Book of Underground Phenomena; Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering Conference Proceedings

National Science Board Committee Reports: "The Role of the National Science Foundation in Polar Regions," A Report to the National Science Board (1987); "The Role of the National Science Foundation in Economic Competitiveness," National Science Board Statement and Committee Report (1998); "The Competitive Strength of U.S. Industrial Science and Technology: Strategic Issues," A Report of the National Science Board Committee on Industrial Support for R&D (1992)

Public Appointments, Civic and Professional Board Activities

Board member, Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation (2001- )

Director, Westport Innovations, Inc. (2002- )

Member, Business Higher Education Forum (2001-)

Co-chairman, Joint Policy Council on Agriculture and Higher Education, State of California (1995- )

Member, Board of Regents, American Architectural Foundation (1995-98)

National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges: member (1995- ) and chair (2003- ), Commission on Information Technologies (1995- ); member, Board of Directors (2003- )

Member, American Council on Education, Commission on Governmental Relations (1995-99)

Member, Board of Directors, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Publishers (1993- )

Member, National Science Board (NSF) (1985-94), executive committee (1987-93)

Co-chair, National Science Board Task Committee on the Role of National Science Foundation in the U.S. Economic Competitiveness; Chair, Standing Committee on Programs and Plans (1987-94); Chair, Committee on Polar Programs (1990-94)

Member, Board of Directors, Civil Engineering Research Foundation, Washington, D.C. (1992-94), Chairman of the Board (1989-91)

Member, Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (USAID) (1983-85)

Trustee, Amigos of E.A.R.T.H. College (1991-96)

Member, California Business-Higher Education Forum (1993-98)

Member, Environmental Technology Partnership, Environmental Technology Advisory Council (1993-97)

Founding Member, California Council on Science and Technology (1989- ); Board of Directors (1996- )

Member, Advisory Board, California Assembly Committee on Economic Development and New Technologies (1984-91)

American Association of State Colleges and Universities: member, Board of Directors (1982-84); member (1980- ) and chair (1985-90), Science and Technology Committee; AASCU Representative to the Working Committee on Principles, Policies, and Procedures in the Award of Federal Funds for University Research Facilities and Research Projects (1986-87)

Trustee, National Commission for Cooperative Education (1985-94)

Member, Board of Directors, California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (1980-85)

Member, Advisory Board, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (1984-94)

Member, Board of Directors, French Hospital, San Luis Obispo (1982-85)

Member, Board of Directors, San Luis Obispo Community Foundation (1980-82)

Dr. Baker has also engaged in extensive foreign travel to participate in symposia, tour research facilities, approve joint educational agreements and consult.

Personal Data

Born: Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Married: "Carly," Carol A. Fitzsimons
Children: Carrie, Kristen, Christopher, Brian