Gena Humphrey Baker, Ph.D., is a process engineer for Process Tools and Techniques Division of Safety, Health and Independent Assessment (SHIA) Directorate since June 2000. In this position, she provides consultation and training in industrial engineering tools and techniques and develops policy and standards for implementation of the best industrial engineering practices for NASA KSC. She is the chairperson for the Process and Human Factors Engineering Working Group and the KSC Center Data Manager for the Lessons Learned Information System.
Prior to becoming a process engineer, Dr. Baker has served as a mechanical engineer for the Payloads Processing, a quality engineer for the SRB Program of Shuttle Processing, and reliability engineer for Safety and Mission Assurance. She has been working for NASA since June 1992.
Dr. Baker has served on numerous teams and received several certificate of appreciation, group achievement, time off and performance awards for her service to KSC. In 1995, she was nominated as Space Coast's Outstanding Woman Engineer of the Year. In 1997, she was recognized as an Outstanding Young Woman of America. In 1998, she was awarded the James Webb Fellowship from the National Space Act which assisted her in finishing her dissertation research in the Reliability of Space Systems: A Multi-Element Integrated Approach at the University of Central Florida. In July 2002, Dr. Baker received national recognition for the Women of Color in Government and Defense Technology All-Star Award.
Dr. Baker graduated from Florida State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics. In 1992, she graduated from Florida A & M University with a Masters of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. In December 2000, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Industrial Engineering. Her research includes the topics of computational fluid dynamics in three dimensional flow and hardware, software and human reliability. Her education was funded with several scholarships such as the Lockwood Brown Scholarship, Naval Oceanographic Scholarship, FAMU Presidential Scholarship, NASA Langley Aerospace Researchers Summer Scholarship, Delores Auzenne Fellowship, and James Webb Fellowship. She is a great conference speaker and has several publications. She has also developed many industrial engineering improvement practices for implementing functions at KSC.
Dr. Baker is a Florida native and resides in Lake Mary with her son, Zahir.