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Henry S. Baird


Computer Science & Engineering
Lehigh University
19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA  18015-3084  USA
+1 (610) 758-6671
+1 (610) 758-4096
19 - Packard Lab, room 380
SP15 Semester: Wednesdays 12:10-1:00 PM, or by appointment.

Prof. Baird is retiring at the end of this semester. Please join us for his "Last Lecture":

Wednesday, April 15, 4:00 PM
Packard Lab Room 466

How to Work with Creative People

Abstract:   Have you considered a creative career, in research or as an inventor? What, do you imagine, are the personal qualities needed, and how can you be sure that you possess them? Professor Henry Baird, in his “last lecture” before retiring, shares stories from his career in Computer Science, starting as an engineer in tightly controlled teams, then as a Ph.D. “individual contributor” in industrial research (at Bell Labs & elsewhere), striving to manage other researchers (& bosses), and most recently teaching. This is unlike any talk he’s given before (he won’t recount his resume): instead, he’ll describe frankly what it was like: to prosper among smart colleagues; to be accelerated by their skills (while dodging their foibles); to contribute to ambitious international projects; to thrive in (the surprising variety of) research “ cultures ”; and to encourage---never to steer!---innovation in others. Along the way, he’ll name some names....

Reception:  at 3:00 PM in Packard Lobby.

Open house:  immediately following the lecture, everyone is invited to the home of Prof. Baird & Raymond Harbort: 1841 Millard Street, Bethelehm, PA 18017-5115 (10 minutes drive north of the campus).

Dr. Baird joined Lehigh in January 2004 after thirty years in industrial research as Principal Scientist and area manager at PARC (Palo Alto, CA), department head and Member of Research Staff at Bell Labs (Murray Hill, NJ), and member of technical staff at RCA Sarnoff Labs (Princeton, NJ).

He has published five books and over one hundred technical papers.  He holds ten patents.

He has been elected Fellow of the IEEE and of the IAPR, and he received an ICDAR Outstanding Contributions Award.

He earned a Ph.D. in EECS from Princeton Univ. in 1984.  He also holds a Masters degree in CS from Rutgers Univ., and a bachelors in Mathematics from Harvard College.

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[ March 19, 2015 ]


2003 P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science
Computer Science & Engineering, Packard Laboratory, Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA 18015