Dr. Baird, now retired, was formerly a Professor at the Department of Chemistry of Nova Southeastern University. He was also Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at Florida Atlantic University, where he was responsible for the development and initiation of their chemistry Ph.D. program. He has taught undergraduate courses in chemistry at Western Illinois University and Florida Atlantic University. He taught college chemistry for over 25 years. Dr. Baird received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1981.