Prof. Ian Baker

After completing a B.A. and D. Phil. In Metallurgy and Science of Materials at the University of Oxford, Dr. Ian Baker joined the Faculty of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in 1982, where he is currently the Sherman Fairchild Professor of Engineering. He was Chair of Engineering Sciences (1996-2000); M.S./Ph.D. Program Director (2000-2005); Director of the NIST-funded Center for Nanomaterials Research at Dartmouth (2002-2005); Director of the NIH-funded Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence on Magnetic Hyperthermia (2011-2016), Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (2005-2019); and is currently the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education. Dr. Baker was a CASE - NASA Co-operative Aerospace R&D Fellow at NASA-Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH, in summer 2005 and 2006, and Principal Research Metallurgist, Sherritt-Gordon Ltd., Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta in 1991. Dr. Baker is a Chartered Engineer (U.K.), and a Fellow of ASM international, TMS, MRS, IOMMM (U.K.) and AAAS. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of Materials Characterization since 2008, and is on the editorial board of several journals. He has published over 400 papers (over 300 in refereed journals) and has given over 400 presentations at conferences, universities and to industry. He has organized several conferences on snow firn, ice and intermetallic compounds. He has supervised over 65 graduate students and 14 post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Baker’s research interests include mechanical behavior, including wear and fracture of metals, intermetallic compounds and ice; ; recrystallization phenomena, particularly the effect of particles on recrystallization and processing by directional recrystallization; interdiffusion phenomena in metallic thin films and their influence on mechanical properties; applications of electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and X - ray topography, particularly in-situ deformation experiments; the structure, chemistry and properties of snow, firn and ice cores; production and properties of nanocrystalline, particularly magnetic, materials; nanoparticles for biomedical applications; permanent magnetic materials and structural biomedical materials.