The engineering faculty at Christian Brothers University selected Dr. Chadwick M. Baker (pictured left) as the recipient of the 2013 Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council (MJEC) Featured Engineer Award for his excellence in teaching and contributions to the university and community.
Dr. Baker joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at CBU in 1972. In 1992, he left teaching full-time to work in scheduling and data warehousing at FedEx. He continued to teach part-time at CBU until he retired from FedEx in 2008. He is currently teaching part-time at CBU as Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Management areas.
In the 1980’s, Dr. Baker developed several tools used by faculty and students at CBU. He developed a graphics terminal emulator, based on the TEK4014, for the faculty desktops written in assembly language and C. He developed a discrete event simulator for random logic written in C. He developed a logic minimization program using genetic programming written in C. He also developed an expert system shell written in C.
Currently, Dr. Baker is recognized for his work in updating ECE 251 Microprocessor Architecture/Lab with the use of new microprocessor evaluation boards. In place of a book, he requires students to buy a new microprocessor board at a cost of around $50 and he supplies the online course content. CBU does not have to by any additional equipment or devices. In addition, students will own one of the most popular microprocessor boards.
Dr. Baker is a Life Member of the IEEE and is also a member of Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi. He is Vice-Chair of the Computer Society of the Memphis Section of IEEE. In addition, this past semester he proctored the IEEEXtreme Programming competition.