Chemical Engineering – 1939
Outstanding economist, brilliant mathematician, petroleum expert, exceptionally skilled chemical engineer, and thoroughly involved civic and church leader are all terms which have been used to describe Charles Ovid Baker.
This Devol, Oklahoma, born Texan graduated from Texas Tech in 1939 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and has made a steady climb through many positions in the Magnolia Petroleum Company and Mobil Oil Corporation as research engineer, process engineer and economist to the point where he is now regarded as one of Mobil’s top advisors on major research decisions. He currently is Manager of Research Planning of Mobil Research and Development Company in Dallas.
An extraordinary scientist who enjoys a national reputation, Mr. Baker has published twenty–one technical papers, many dealing with two–phase and multiphase flow in pipelines, and is the originator of the Baker Plot and other significant correlations on two–phase flow. Because of this, he was honored for "Outstanding Achievements in Chemical Engineering" in 1967 by the Dallas Section of the Institute for Chemical Engineers. For his inventions, he holds thirteen United States patents including five in subsea production systems.
Mr. Baker has developed a strong record of activities in professional organizations. He is a former member of the Thermodynamics Committee of the Gas Processing Association; past chairman of the American Petroleum Institute – American Gas Association Research Committee on Multiphase Flow in Pipelines; past chairman of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Design Institute for Multiphase Processing, and past chairman of the Dallas Section of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers.
In civic ventures, he served for eight years as chairman of the City Planning Commission of Garland, Texas. He is also an active church leader, having held various offices in the Western Heights Christian Church including elder, board chairman, and treasurer. He is past chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee of the Dallas Area Association of Christian Churches.
It is a great pleasure to review so rewarding a career, and the College of Engineering of Texas Tech University is proud to add one more honor to this long history of achievement. Charles Ovid Baker is designated a DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.