Company

Food and Drug Administration Winchester Engineering & Analytical Center (WEAC)

Position

Director

Overview

The Winchester Engineering & Analytical Center (WEAC) conducts applied research and post-market analyses to ensure medical devices are safe for the US public.

As Director of the FDA’s Winchester Engineering & Analytical Center (WEAC), Brian Baker knows the importance of developing leadership capabilities in young engineers.

“Simply put, technical excellence is not enough,” says Baker.  “Engineers must assimilate, collaborate, envisage, communicate, market, leverage finite resources and translate that into actionable results with defined metrics to measure success in order to meet stakeholder expectations.”

In 2011, Baker was approached with an opportunity to hire a Gordon Fellow Candidate to work on a real-world Challenge Project. He immediately recognized the value in such a relationship.

“Ours is a science-based organization replete with engineers whose sole mission is to protect the public,” Baker says.  “We do so by leveraging the brightest minds, cutting edge science and technological advancements found in academia as well as government and private sectors. Forging partnerships with colleges and universities is paramount to fulfilling our mission and responsibilities to the American people.”
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Baker and his team will spend the next twelve months mentoring Gordon Fellow Candidate Lauren Brown as she tackles one of the many critical project opportunities available through WEAC.  Baker is optimistic about the impact this type of project will have on his organization.

“Lauren, through her Challenge Project, will develop real solutions to real problems that make a real difference for the American people,” says Baker, “fostering health and human safety.”

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