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Hackney Award

T. Morris Hackney Endowed Faculty Leadership

John BakerThe T. Morris Hackney Endowed Faculty Leadership Award honors a faculty member who exemplifies the constant guidance and leadership necessary to make the College of Engineering exceptional. Dr. John Baker, head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, is the recipient of the 2016 T. Morris Hackney Endowed Faculty Leadership Award.

Before his appointment in 2013 to his current position, Baker was a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and an adjunct professor in aerospace engineering and mechanics. He teaches thermodynamics courses at the undergraduate and graduate level along with heat transfer courses and elective courses in rocket propulsion and other space exploration-related topics.

Baker has taught engineering at the University of Alabama since 2001 and has been campus director for the Alabama Space Grant Consortium since 2004. Also, the UA National Alumni Association selected him for the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award in 2007, the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching. In 2009, Baker was made a full professor in the College of Engineering.

His research interests include heat transfer, fluid dynamics, propulsion and computational modeling/simulation. He has worked extensively with NASA and directed students on space-related projects. He authored or co-authored more than 70 papers in journals and conference proceedings, and he has been part of 34 external grants and contracts since coming to UA.

Baker is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Engineering Educators.

Before coming to UA, he taught nearly seven years at The University of Alabama at Birmingham as an assistant and associate professor of materials and mechanical engineering. He earned all three of his mechanical engineering degrees at the University of Kentucky, receiving his doctorate in 1993. Before starting work on his doctorate, he was a research engineer at Cudo Technologies in Lexington, Kentucky.

This award was created as a tribute to T. Morris Hackney and was made possible by the contributions from John H. Josey and his son, Howard Josey.

T. Morris Hackney Endowed Faculty Leadership Through the Years

2015: Jay K. Lindly
2014: Susan L. Bukett
2013: Tim A. Haskew
2012: Allen S. Parrish
2011: K. Clark Midkiff Jr.
2010: Kenneth J. Fridley
2009: Viola Acoff
2008: Beth Todd
2007: Kevin Whitaker
2006: David B. Brown
2005: Charles L. Karr
2004: John Wiest
2003: David Cordes
2002: Robert Griffin
2001: Stuart Bell
2000: Lloyd “Pete” Morley
1999: Verle N. Schrodt
1998: Daniel Turner
1997: Gary C. April