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Jeffery Baur

Professor

Primary Affiliation

Autonomous Materials Systems

Affiliations

Status Part-time Faculty

Home Department of Aerospace Engineering

Phone

Email jwbaur@illinois.edu

Address 3361 Beckman Institute, 405 North Mathews Avenue

  • Biography

    Baur obtained his B.A. in physics and chemistry from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1990, and his B.S. in materials science and engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1992. He obtained his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997. He attended the Air War College by correspondence in 2012 and obtained his master’s degree in Lay Pastoral Ministry at The Athenaeum of Ohio in 2019.


    Dr. Baur has worked for the Air Force for 26 years as Division Technical Director, Branch Technical Advisor, Research Leader, Program Manager, and in-house researcher. In the past few years, he has been the advocate, architect, principal investigator, and manager for programs in morphing missiles, additive printed air vehicles, and composite manufacturing worth more than $80M dollars. Scientifically, Dr. Baur remains personally active in the development of multifunctional composites including materials to enable shape changing air vehicles, multiscale laser-composite interactions, nano-tailoring of resin-fiber interfaces, microvascular composites with reconfigurable liquid metal antenna, and integrated bio- inspired artificial hair air flow sensors. His record of publication includes over 90 refereed papers, one book, three book chapters, and five patents. He has taught classes on polymers, physics, and chemistry at M.I.T., the University of Dayton, and the University of Cincinnati, and has served on more than 10 Ph.D. thesis committees. His current interest are in additive processing of complex polymer composites, materials for morphing aerostructures, and structurally embedded sensing and adaptive protection. He has served as the government lead for structures air-worthiness and manufacturing of the XQ-58A (which will soon be on display in the U.S. Air Force Museum) and to have led program that is developing potentially new, long endurance X-plane. Most of all, Dr. Baur is proud to have worked with his talented, selfless, and dedicated colleagues within AFRL and to have made a small contribution to our nation’s future security. He especially enjoined forming international partnerships with defense allies in India, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand – as well as living in the UK for 5 months!

  • Honors

    Exemplary Civilian Service Award (2021)
    AFMC’s Top McLucas Candidate for Basic Research (2015)
    Affiliated Societies Outstanding Researcher Award (2015)
    Air Force Meritorious Service Award (2012)
    Air Force Civilian Achievement Award (2011)
    M.I.T. Infinte Miles Award (2004)
    Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Cleary Scientific Achievement Award (1999)