David Baker 

University of Washington


University of Washington 2002-present
Department of Chemical Engineering

Snohomish High School, Snohomish, WA
graduated 2002


In the summer of 2002 David through the ALVA program at the UW and the Minority Science and Engineering Program (MSEP) was able to intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) in Pasadena, CA. There he worked with the Telescopes in Education project which allows schools to access high strength telescopes remotely. Also he worked with the testing group for the Mars Exploration Rovers, which landed on Mars in 2004.

Between June 2003 and December 2004 David worked with the Pollack lab in the UW’s bioengineering department. There he worked on exclusion zone phenomena where particles are unable to diffuse through pure even with no impediments to hinder them. His task was to work on the mechanism and create the phenomenon on a large scale so the exclusion zone could be seen without the use of a microscope.

During the summer of 2004 David interned with the Department of State in Washington, DC working with the Office of policy planning and the Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary. There he was able to work on a wide range of high impact issues such as terrorism, oil, the hydrogen economy, immigration of scientists, and Balkan issues.

In the summer of 2005 David joined the Lidstrom Group and has been working on RNA extraction of the Lake Washington Sediment in order to determine what biological processes are happening in the lake.

Career Goals:

After he graduates in 2006 David hopes to attend graduate school studying renewable energies focusing on wave energy. He hopes to attend the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

From the knowledge he learns in graduate school David hopes to start a company which will provide cheap environmentally friendly electricity to people around the world.