Daniel R. Baker, PhD. is the principal of KRD.


Daniel R. Baker Daniel R. Baker, Ph.D. received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan where he worked at the Center for Ergonomics and Miller Engineering , a product liability and engineering firm. Interest in designing for humans led him to a human factors internship at Honeywell, Inc. His continued curiosity about how the body controls position and force resulted in pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Utah. Here he co-developed a course in anatomy for engineers still taught in the Bioengineering Department. Dr. Baker’s research culminated in his dissertation, “Sagittal Plane Dynamics of the Human Spine In Vivo.” A post-doctoral position in Orthopaedic Surgery and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh focused on modeling and testing in many spine regions. Dr. Baker was instrumental in establishing their Spine Mechanics Laboratory. He accepted a position at the University of Washington investigating workplace accidents and injuries. Consulting work led to a significant role at a startup spine implant company for several years. Dr. Baker has an Affiliate Faculty appointment in the Bioengineering Department at the University of Washington where he regularly teaches a medical product design course focusing on designing for humans. In the past he has taught a number of engineering and medical courses and classes and has authored many papers and presentations. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist by the BCPE. He regularly reviews for several organizations including the NIH SBIR program. Dr. Baker’s primary focus remains developing and testing new medical technologies. click here for Dr. Baker's resume in Adobe .pdf format)