Ben Baker, PE
Excellence in Promotion of Infrastructure
Benjamin Baker graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s of science in civil and environmental engineering. He went on to obtain a master’s of science in engineering and project management from UC Berkeley, where he was a graduate student instructor and researcher. He has worked for the California Public Utilities Commission and KPFF Consulting Engineers. He has accomplished impact in industry on LA County Metro Rail projects such as the $2 billion design-build Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Transit Corridor. He worked over eight years as a project engineer and civil project manager as part of the Walsh Shea Corridor Constructors joint venture, as well as in Walsh Group’s Southern California estimating department. He coordinated third party utility relocation design and construction, managed subcontractors’ installation of new services, and oversaw self-performed roadway restoration to substantial completion and beyond. Benjamin now works for Gannett Fleming on the design of the Metro Rail East San Fernando Valley Project.
After graduating, Ben served on the CEE Alumni Advisory Board for the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) department at UCLA. He has reviewed and scored requests from student groups for funding from the Engineering Alumni Association. He has spoken at past UCLA open houses (now branded as Discover UCLA Engineering) with prospective students. He also spoke to freshmen about his professional experience in a CEE 1 Introduction to Civil Engineering course.