Baker joins senior executive service ranks as new weapons, research director

August 09, 2012

Story Highlights

  • Dr. Patrick Baker, director of the ARL's WMRD, was inducted into Senior Executive Service recently.
  • The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government.

Dr. Patrick Baker, director of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's (ARL's) Weapons and Materials Research Directorate (WMRD), was inducted into Senior Executive Service June 27. He was named WMRD director earlier this summer.

The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government, according to the Office of Personnel Management website. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment which is grounded in the Constitution.

WMRD is a national scientific and engineering resource in weapons, protection, and materials technologies. WMRD conducts research in Lethality, Protection, and Materials and Manufacturing and manages and collaborates on multiple extramural programs ranging from basic research to manufacturing technology. The Directorate consists of approximately 450 employees.

Baker began his career with the Army in July 1984 at the Ballistics Research Laboratory. After leaving in 1989 to pursue and complete his doctorate, he worked for the University of Dayton Research Institute before returning to Army in 1995.

From 1995 to his appointment in May 2012, Baker held several positions in ARL. Starting as a bench researcher, he progressed through Explosives Technologies Branch Chief; Deputy Director WMRD, and Chief of the Terminal Effects and Protection Divisions. Baker also managed the extramural Joint Insensitive Munitions Technology Program on behalf of (OUSD/AT&L)/Office of Land Warfare and Munitions.

He currently serves as Chair of the Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Protection Technology Focus Team. Baker serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Joint Munitions, Fuze Technology, and Insensitive Munitions Technology Programs. He is a member of the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium Executive Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors for two High Performance Software Application Institutes. He formally chaired the (TTCP) Terminal Effects Technical Panel, the Joint Insensitive Munitions Technical Panel, the U.S. Army Insensitive Munitions Board, and he was active or led several (JANNAF) panels and activities during his early technical career.

Baker holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University. Baker has published more than 60 technical publications and reports. He is a recipient of the JANNAF (PSHS) Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award, an Army's Greatest Invention Award, the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Army Exceptional Civilian Service Award.


Last Update / Reviewed: August 9, 2012