DegreePhD, Cornell University, 1969; AB, Harvard College, 1965
AREAS OF EXPERTISEManagement science, spreadsheet-based modeling, operations management
Design, planning, and control of contemporary manufacturing systems; spreadsheet engineering
With D. Trietsch, "PERT 21: Fitting PERT/CPM for Use in the 21st Century," International Journal of Project Management, 30, 2012; with D. Trietsch, L. Mazmanyan, and L. Gevorgyan, "Modeling Activity Times by the Parkinson Distribution with a Lognormal Core: Theory and Validation," European Journal of Operational Research, 216, 2012; with D. Altheimer, "Heuristic Procedures for the Stochastic Flow Shop Problem," European Journal of Operational Research, 216, 2012; with D. Trietsch, "Three Heuristic Procedures for the Stochastic, Two-Machine Flow Shop Problem," Journal of Scheduling, 14, 2011; Optimization Modeling with Spreadsheets, second edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2011; with B. Keller, “Solving the Single-Machine Tardiness Problem Using Integer Programming," Computers and Industrial Engineering, 59, 2010; with S. Powell, Management Science: The Art of Modeling with Spreadsheets, third edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2010; with D. Trietsch, Principles of Sequencing and Scheduling, John Wiley & Sons, 2009; with S. Powell and B. Lawson, "Impact of Errors in Operational Spreadsheets," Decision Support Systems, 47, 2009; with S. Neslin, T. Novak, and D. Hoffman, "An Optimal Contact Model for Maximizing Online Panel Participation Rates," Management Science, 55, 2009; "Sequencing: The Shortest Processing Time Rule," in Building Intuition: Insights from Basic Operations Management Models and Principles, Springer, 2008
Academic positions: Tuck School of Business, 1979–present; Visiting Professor, University of Arizona, 2001–02; Visiting Professor, Vermont Law School, 1996–97; Visiting Professor, Harvard University, 1994; Visiting Professor, University of Michigan, 1993; Associate Dean of Faculty, 1990–93, Associate Dean, 1998–2000, Co-Director, Master of Engineering Management (MEM) Program, 2001–11, Thayer School of Engineering; Visiting Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology, 1979–80; Visiting Professor, University of Waterloo, 1976; Associate Professor of Business Administration, Duke University, 1973–79; Visiting Professor, North Carolina State University, 1972–73 and 1976; Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering, University of Michigan, 1969–72
Editorial positions: Senior Editor, International Journal of Planning and Scheduling, 2010–present, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 1996–2002; Associate Editor, Journal of Scheduling, 1997–2004, Management Science, 1976–82; Editorial Boards, Journal of Manufacturing and Operations Management, 1987–92, IIE Transactions, 1970–76
Professor Baker's research deals with mathematical modeling and operations management, and he is widely known for his work on sequencing and scheduling. The author or co-author of three spreadsheet modeling textbooks, he recently taught the elective course Applications of Optimization.