Richard Baty

Albuquerque, New Mexico

I received the BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, the MS degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the Ph.D. degree in Engineering from UCLA. The latter two degrees were received while I was in the U.S. Air Force and under sponsorship of the Air Force. I am a retired U.S. Air Force Officer, having served from 1960 until the final months of 1982. My assignments in the USAF included ones in the Tactical Air Command, Strategic Air Command, Secretary of the Air Force Special Projects, the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) Program, the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Air Force Studies and Analyses, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). I am also a retired chief scientist of an operating unit of TRW, Inc. In this capacity, I was noted for my computer modeling of various missile systems. I have published numerous technical reports and have been interviewed in prestigious journals such as Aviation Weekly and Space Technology.
From January, 2000 until January 2013, I was with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I retired as an adjunct professor, and I taught courses in the aerodynamics, aerospace, math, business, and engineering fields. I have also been the committee chairman on a number of graduate research projects. In 2004, I was named the outstanding faculty member in ERAU’s Southwest Region.
I have also written and published novels -- a World War II thriller, the sequel, a Korean War novel, and the thriller that takes the young survivors to senior citizen status. These novels proceed serially, and I bring the surviving characters along in the novels. I also include the most powerful people of the times, and the novels are filled with suspense, romance, adventure, and great history. They are great reading for men and women, young and old. I also tell the story from both the Allied and German sides, so the books are popular outside of the United States.
I have become so attached to the characters that I have completed the fourth and final novel in the series. The series covers the period from World War II through the Vietnam era, Desert Storm, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. You can read about these books at my website (, and the series takes the survivors to senior citizen status (They do some magnificent things along the way!).
I am married to Linda S. Baty and

  • Work
    • Retired AF Officer, TRW Chief Scientist, Adj. Prof
  • Education
    • BS Electrical Engr., MS Aerospace Engr.,Ph.D. Engr.