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Baker, Dr. Richard

Richard Baker

Director of Master’s Programs

rebaker@captechu.edu

Dr. Richard Baker is director of master’s programs at Capitol Technology University. He previously served as associate professor in Indiana State University’s Department of Aviation Technology, and as executive director of the Center for Unmanned Systems and Human Capital Development.  Richard holds a BS in mathematics and an MS in computer science from Indiana State University. He received his doctorate in information systems from Nova Southeastern University.  

Before entering the academic world, he was the chief consultant systems engineer for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and General Motors.  Over that time, he worked with a number of Fortune 500 clients, governments and alliance partners such as Microsoft, SAP, PeopleSoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Oracle.

After leaving EDS, Richard served as the director of human factors and safety for American Airlines where his responsibilities included crew resource management, safety, and recurrency training for all pilots and flight attendants.  

Richard retired as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force and Indiana Air National Guard with over 2,000 hours as a weapons systems officer in the F-4 Phantom II.   He held several command positions and worked extensively with rapid response teams for counter-terrorism, counterdrug operations at the U.S. Joint Forces Command, and the Air National Guard’s domestic preparedness operations. 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Information Systems
  • Aviation Management
  • Unmanned systems
  • Leadership

Biography:

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Information Systems, Nova Southeastern University 
  • Master of Science, Mathematics / Computer Science, Indiana State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Indiana State University

Certifications & Licenses

  • Master Navigator, United States Air Force
  • Certificate: Basic Flight Training Draganflyer X6 Helicopter, Draganfly Innovations Incorporated,  Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Certificate: Safety Management Systems / Aviation Program Manager, Transportation Safety Institute,  U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Certificate: Risk Management Trainer, Transportation Safety Institute, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Certificate: Flight School Security Awareness, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Certificate: FMI Leadership Institute, FMI: Consultants to the Construction Industry
  • Certificate: USAF Interagency Space Fundamentals
  • Certificate: Emergency Responder Nuclear, Biological and Chemical  Responder Operations Training, MITRE
  • Certificate: Emergency Responder Nuclear, Biological and Chemical  Responder Awareness Training, MITRE
  • Certificate: National Interagency Counterdrug Institute
  • Certificate: General Motors Quality Institute

Research & Publications

  • Baker, R., & McCaskey, S.  (2017).  Unmanned and autonomous systems: Critical technology and workforce challenges.  Presented at the National Association for Workforce Improvement Conference, Honolulu, HI.
  • Baker, R., & Genneken, D, S.  (2016).  Unmanned aviation systems: Airport technology and issues.  Presented at the Purdue Road Show – Transportation Conference and Expo, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN.
  • Baker, R., & Hauser, J.  (2014).  Unmanned aerial systems: Considerations for commercialization.  Presented at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 2014 Aviation, Aeronautics, Aerospace International Research Conference, Litchfield, AZ.
  • Baker, R., & Bullock, G.  (2016, Spring).  Unmanned ships: Technological innovations raise questions about the future of how ships will operate.  Great Lakes Seaway Review, 44(3), 55-57.  Available at http://www.harborhouse.com/digital/seawayreview44-3/.
  • Baker, R. E.  (2013). Human factors of unmanned systems.  In J. LeMieux (Ed.), Introduction to unmanned systems: Air, ground, sea and space, technologies and commercial applications, (174-192). Unmanned Vehicles University Press: Lake Havasu City, AZ.
  • Baker, R., & Hauser, J.  (2013). Crop damage in the field: Robots to the rescue   Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering 2013 Conference, New Orleans, LA. Available at: http://atmae.org/conven/ATMAE2013ConfProc.pdf.  Page 146
  • Baker, R., & Hauser, J.  (2012). Matching capabilities of unmanned vehicle systems to the situational needs of public safety and first responders.  Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering 2012 Conference, Nashville, TN.   Available at: http://atmae.org/conven/ATMAE2012ConfProc.pdf.  Page 172
  • Hauser, J., & Baker, R.  (2012). First responders: The need for a common data link in unmanned systems.  Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering 2012 Conference, Nashville, TN.  Available at: http://atmae.org/conven/ATMAE2012ConfProc.pdf.  Page 175
  • Hauser, J., & Baker, R.  (2012, Fall).  In consideration of unmanned systems for security, markets, and citizens.  American Outlook, 14(4), 27-28.  Available at http://www.sagamoreinstitute.org/american-outlook/fall-2012/.
  • Baker, R. E.  (2012, September).  Combining micro technologies and unmanned systems to support public safety and homeland security.  Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 6(9).           Available at http://davidpublishing.org/journals_info.asp?jId=738
  • Hauser, J., & Baker, R.  (2012).  Common data link use in unmanned systems for first responders.  Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International 2012 Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Available at: http://www.AUVSI.org/2012proceedings.
  • Baker, R., & Minniear, H. (2011).  Illumination of human factors in unmanned systems training.  Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International .   Available at: http://www.AUVSI.org/2011proceedings.
  • Baker, R., McNabb, J. & Minniear, H. (2011).  Applications of small and micro technologies in unmanned systems to support public safety and homeland security.  Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering.  Available at: http://atmae.org/conven/ATMAE2011ConfProc.pdf.  Page 152
  • Bridewell, J., Snyder, K., & Baker, R. (2011).  UAS: New applications, challenges, opportunities. University Aviation Association.
  • Minniear, H., & Baker, R. (2010).  Design and development considerations for collegiate degree programs specializing in unmanned systems training.  Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.   Available at: http://www.AUVSI.org/2010proceedings
  • Baker, R., McNabb, J. & Minniear, H. (2010).  Collegiate development of crisis leaders: A strategic step toward establishing disaster preparedness/emergency response capabilities for Homeland Security.  Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering.  Available at: http://atmae.org/conven/ATMAE2010ConfProc.pdf.  Page 169
  • Minniear, H., McNabb, J., & Baker, R. (2010).  Unmanned aerial vehicle automation and control systems: Potential applications for industrial use.  Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering.  Available at: http://atmae.org/conven/ATMAE2010ConfProc.pdf.   Page 82
  • Minniear, H., & Baker, R. (2010).  Design and development considerations for collegiate degree programs specializing in unmanned systems training.   University Aviation Association.

Organizations & Affiliations

  • Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
  • Indiana Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
  • Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
  • University Aviation Association (UAA)
  • Association of Aviation Psychology
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute
  • Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI)
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Life Member

Volunteer/Service Experience

  • Boy Scouts of America