1954 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"There is no substitute for hard work."
Michael Baker was one of eight children in his family. He did odd jobs after school to earn spending money. Following in his father's footsteps, he became an engineer. After his freshman year at Pennsylvania State University, his family ran short of funds, so he spent a year traveling across the United States, looking for work so that he could finance his own education. He graduated from Penn State in 1936 at the head of his class. After working at various engineering jobs, he started his own engineering firm, accepting a $25 lot survey as his first job. He was founder of one of the largest consulting engineering/energy management organizations in the world, the Michael Baker Corporation.* Deceased