Barry Baker

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Barry Baker
Title Laboratory Assistant
Responsibilities Lab Infrastructure,
Lab Maintenance
Phone 626-395-5732 (office)
Office 330 Steele


Role in the KNI

Barry Baker's role in the KNI teams is to provide help with new project installations as well as doing maintenance on equipment that is needed. On a daily basis he conducts a walkthrough of the labs, including the Keck lab that houses the TF-30.


Barry has been with KNI since Oct 2017, before that he spent form April 2011 to Oct 2017 being the Laboratory manager for Dr. Oskar Painter at California Institute of Technology. He was responsible for taking care of 3 optical labs and a cleanroom facility for his research group. In Oskar's group he was the lead person for installations of many new pieces of equipment including 2 Dilution Refrigerators, an E-beam Evaporator and an Atomic layer deposition tool.

List of Lab Responsibilities

  • Lab Walkthrough
  • Back up to Lab Coordinator
  • Chillers
  • TF-30 service chase

Project involvement

Sputter tool installation

Along with Alex and Bert, Barry was involved with the installation of all utilities needed for the sputter tools, including all water, CDA, N2 and gas lines.

ALD installation

Along with Nathan and Bert, Barry was involved with the installation of all utilities for the Oxford ALD system, this including running new gas lines and manifolds for the Oxford service chase as well as CDA,N2 and water lines.


Barry was born in Colorado but moved very soon after that to California. He spent my childhood in San Diego then moved to Orange County when he was 24 to pursue a job opportunity which did not work out but decided to stay in the LA area since then. Barry currently lives in Azusa Ca with the love of his life, Mindy and their fur baby daughter, Baxter, a rescue dog that has changed their lives for the good!

Barry has a few hobbies that include RC cars, and golf (which he can not play anymore due to back surgeries)...hopefully he can again someday. He also loves to attend live sporting events like LA Dodger games and LA Kings games with Mindy. He and Mindy love the Dodgers!!! Barry is also a LA Kings and Dallas Cowboys fan. He likes to watch motorsports on TV like Motocross racing, Nascar and Formula 1.

Barry is a usually the jokester in the bunch and tries to keep a light attitude around him. He tries to have fun at all times but can be serious when it is necessary.