Dr. Ernest L. Baker
Technology Specialist Officer, Warhead Technology, NATO, MSIAC
Dr. Baker (USA) joined the NATO Munitions Safety Information and Analysis Centre (MSIAC) in Brussels, Belgium on 1 June 2016 as the Technology Specialist Officer for Warheads Technology. Dr. Baker supports the MSIAC member nations with munitions science, technology, and analysis supporting safety and insensitive munitions policy, standards, manufacturing, and development.
Dr. Baker retired from the US Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center in May 2016 after over thirty years. He was the Senior Research Scientist (ST) for Insensitive Munitions (IM) and was strongly involved in the US DoD Joint IM Technology Program. Dr. Baker was also an adjunct professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. Most notable, are his work and publications on IM technology, detonation products equation of state, aluminized explosives, overdriven detonation, more powerful explosives, nonlinear optimization application to explosive systems, shaped charges and multimode warheads. Dr. Baker has developed IM and warheads technology for a broad range of U.S. munitions including missiles and gun fired systems.
Dr. Baker received the MSIAC Munition Safety Award for Career Achievement in May 2015. He also received the U.S. Army Greatest Invention Award, twelve U.S. Army Research, and Development Awards, the Zernow Best Paper Award at the 24th International Symposium on Ballistics, the Neill Griffiths Memorial Best Paper Award at the 23rd, 18th and 17th International Symposium on Ballistics, the Bellman Best Paper Award at the Fifth International Mathematical Modeling Conference, the Best Poster Paper Award at the 42nd Annual Denver X-ray Conference and the National Defense Industrial Society Firepower Award. Dr. Baker is a founding member of the International Ballistics Society (IBS) and is an ISB Board member. Dr. Baker is an invited member of the Editorial Board for the Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements journal. Dr. Baker earned his PhD, MS, and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University. Dr. Baker (Ernie) greatly enjoys snow skiing.