Dr. Baker - About


Since August 2017, Dr. Baker has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, and a joint appointment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) through the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI). Being a professor has been her dream since she was 15 years old, and the job has exceeded her expectations.

Previously, Dr. Baker was a Research Engineer in the Power Systems Engineering Center at NREL, and a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Residential Buildings group at NREL. She received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in December 2014. She is interested in how advanced controls and optimization methods can help integrate renewables, facilitate building-to-grid interactions, and foster efficient operation of our future smart grids and smart cities.

Education

   PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, 2010- December 2014

   M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, 2009-2010

   B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, 2006-2009

Personal

Dr. Baker grew up in Idaho and now lives in Boulder, CO, with her wife Bridget and two cats Piper and Alex. She enjoys various athletic activities (running, lifting, climbing, racquetball) as well as creative endeavors (playing guitar, photography, photoshop). Since 3/2016 to the last time she checked (5/2019), she holds the Colorado state record for Women's unequipped deadlift at 140 kg (309 lbs) in the 56kg Novice weight class in the Natural Athlete Strength Association.

Rescued kittens, Alex (orange) and Piper (gray)- now grown up, healthy, and best friends!

287 lb (130 kg) deadlift during the USAPL 2015 CO State Championships

State record for Novice 123 lb (56 kg) weight class - 309 lb (140 kg) deadlift during the NASA 2016 CO State Championships (I briefly held the national record; it was defeated about six months later.)

Dr. Baker is an accomplished guitarist, focusing on metal/rock playing as well as fingerpicking and acoustic. In a previous life, Dr. Baker had a fanbase comprising over 6 million YouTube views and 30,000 Facebook fans (she has even received fan mail and sent autographs as far as Russia!). There is also a Japanese textbook for students learning English which uses Dr. Baker's music persona as one of the examples. It's in her office if you want to look at it.

Having fun in Photoshop (titled "My Facets")

Hanggliding in Florida

Working breakfast in Berlin

Hiking in Colorado with Bridget

Walking on a glacier in Iceland

Lab director Dr. Kyri Baker