Rich Baker, MS

Institute for Disability Studies: Mississippi's UCEDD
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5163
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Phone: 601-266-6288
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: June 14, 2017

Rich Baker

Leadership Administrative Staff: Executive Assistant for Technology
Discipline(s): Computer and Technology
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership



2014 California State University, Northridge
Master's of Science in Assistive Technology

1989 Park College Parkville, Missouri
Bachelor of Science in Management/Computer Information Systems

Technology Coordinator for the Institute for Disability Studies

The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

  • Responsible for computer / network operations for 40 users
  • Responsible for a 600 page web existence using
  • Primary technology advisor for all technology requirements for 12 concurrent institute grants
  • Assisted university faculty in the implementation of effective assistive technology for ADA 508 compliance
  • Created a professional-level multimedia training production capability for the institute
  • Developed visual assistive headgear improving visual perception from 10 degrees to 60 in one student
  • Developed commercial software to transcribe and caption media in-house easily at minimal cost

1999 - 2002

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies

The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

  • Taught National Security Affairs and Computer Applications

1996 - 1999

Air Force Communications Squadron Branch Chief

Communications Squadron, Scott AFB, Illinois

  • Led 55 active duty, Government Service, and contractor software developers on five Air Mobility Command and US Transportation Command programs worth $70M
  • One of the first Air Force software development houses to be awarded Capability Maturity Model Level III

1992 - 1996

Chief, Database Implementation Team

United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska

  • Responsible to convert the nation's nuclear war plan database from legacy hierarchical database to relational structure
  • "Reduced an eight-year database restructuring project to five-saved $25M"

 1982 - 1992

 Team Supervisor, Computer Maintenance Office

  • Led a team of eleven in maintaining the Strategic Air Command's secure bomber communication system
  • Awarded runner-up for "Best Maintenance Team in SAC"
  • Visualized, lobbied for, and implemented computer maintenance service for the entire base
  • $10k investment saved over $100k the first year

Shift Supervisor, Telecommunications Maintenance

  • Led team of seven on rotational shifts performing prioritized maintenance on a remote telecommunications switch
  • Awarded "Maintenance Manager of the Quarter" for all of Southern Europe

Professional Development Training

  • Advanced Communications Officer Training, 184 hours
  • Air University Academic Instructor School
  • Software Project Management
  • SYBASE Relational Database Design, Physical Database Design, System & DB Administration
  • Data Modeling
  • Software Engineering, 32 hours
  • C Programming, 120 hours
  • CA-IDMS Defining a Database, Integrated DB Implementation & Control
  • Introduction to Unix, 40 hours
  • Communications-Computer Systems Programming & Analysis Officer Course, 742 hours
  • Assembler Language, 160 hours

Security Clearance TS/SBI 1994