Department of History

Andrew Baird

Andrew Baird

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Andrew Baird is a doctoral candidate in the field of history of technology. He received a B.A. with honors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his M.A. from Auburn . He is currently working with Professor Jim Hansen, focusing on aerospace history. His forthcoming dissertation, "How to Land on the Moon in 10 Years or Less: Bill Tindall and the Role of Data Coordination in the Success of Project Apollo," examines the life of one of the many unsung engineers and managers who were essential to the functioning of America 's manned space program. Baird's presentation at NASA's 2006 MAPLD International Conference in Washington, D.C. in September highlighted Tindall's contribution to the development of the Apollo guidance software as well as his work as chief of data priority coordination.

Following his service as Auburn's chapter president for the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, Baird was recognized with the Robert L. Partin Award for service to the history department. He also received the Milo B. Howard Dissertation Research Award and the Melvin Kranzberg Award for the Outstanding Paper in the History of Technology from the department in 2006.

Baird currently serves on the department's Information Technology and Teaching Evaluation Committees. He returns to the Technology and Civilization program for the 2006-07 academic year after a year teaching World History. He is married with two fast-growing children.

Last Updated: August 16, 2016