Everett Baker ’13
A love for chemistry was activated in Rob Bradley’s science classes, and Baker matriculated to Worcester Polytechnic Institute into its chemical engineering program. Once there, he refined his interest and majored in chemistry with a minor in material science. His years at WPI included an internship at the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Baker’s first position after college was for Worthen Industries, manufacturer of specialty adhesives, coatings, coated products, and thermoplastic extrusion, located in Nashua, NH. Baker was part of the research development lab, where he was responsible for developing new products. He worked collaboratively with several well-known companies, including New Balance and Nike. After three years at Worthen, Baker decided to pursue his Ph.D. He is currently a doctoral student at Missouri University of Science and Technology, where his concentration is in explosive engineering. He expects to complete the program in two years. Part of his doctoral research includes studies of explosives and brain injuries, and post-traumatic stress disorder prevention in soldiers for the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. His current project involves the creation of graphene by combining and combusting materials together in small chambers. Graphene is a form of elemental carbon that has the potential to be used for impactful advances in cancer treatments and drug delivery systems. Graphene is extremely expensive and hard to supply so Baker is conducting experiments to determine if alternate, cost-effective materials and solutions exist. Once this project has run its course, he is hoping to publish his findings and plans to write his thesis this year. Baker is delighted to be part of a Ph.D. program that had the potential to change and advance the treatment of diseases.
When not immersed in groundbreaking experiments, Baker enjoys exploring the outdoors. Two of his favorite hobbies are rock climbing and competing in shooting competitions. He also renews his EMT Basic certification every two years and continues to foster his goal of making a difference in this world.
“Derryfield made me a great communicator. It gave me the knowledge to verbally express my ideas but to also be proficient in explaining my ideas on paper too. Derryfield helped me in so many ways, but it really helped me when it came to my skills in writing, proofreading, editing, and research writing. I was overly prepared for college and above college level in writing once I got there.”