Clyde N. Baker, Jr.

Clyde N. Baker, Jr., P.E., S.E., is retired after a successful career as senior principal engineer at STS Consultants and later as a senior consultant at GEI Consultants, in Vernon Hills, Illinois. During his career, he served as a geotechnical engineer or consultant on several of the tallest buildings in the world, including four of the tallest in Chicago (the Willis Tower, known as the Sears Building, Trump International Hotel & Tower, the John Hancock Center, and the Amoco Building) as well as Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, Taipei 101 in Taiwan and Burj Khalifa in Dubai. He also worked as a consultant on several supertall buildings, including the Spire in Chicago, Doha Convention Center Tower in Qatar, and Incheon 151 Tower in Korea.

He was a leader in using in-situ testing techniques correlated with past building performance to develop more efficient foundation designs. In the Chicago soil profile, this facilitated economical use of belled caissons on hard pan for major structures of 60 to 70 stories, which normally would have required extending caissons to rock at significant cost premium.

Baker is the recipient of the DFI’s Distinguished Service Award, the ADSC Outstanding Service Award, ASCE’s Thomas A. Middlebrooks and Martin S. Kapp Awards, and the ASCE Ralph B. Peck Award, the 2007 Engineering News Record Award of Excellence and the ASCE Opal Lifetime Achievement Design Award. He received the Washington Award and presented the Terzaghi Lecture in 2009.

Baker received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. degree in physics from William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia.