Andy Baker was recognized as the 2003 Woodie Flowers Award at the FIRST Championships in Houston, Texas. Andy was the last winner of the WFA award before the Regional level finalist awards (WFFA) were created. Andy is a mechanical engineer, graduating from the University of Evansville, and is now co-owner and president of AndyMark, Inc.
Andy has a unique position of watching FIRST grow since 1992. While working at Delphi (then Delco Electronics), Andy’s co-workers started FRC team 45 in 1992. Andy finally joined the team in 1998 and has been active as a FIRST mentor ever since. Under Andy’s leadership, the TechnoKats became a team that led the way in sharing designs, conducting workshops, organizing off-season competitions, and reaching out to their community.
Andy was recognized for his communication of designs by means of releasing complete print packages of successful mechanical designs back in 2000, 2001, and 2002. In 2004, enough people in FIRST asked Andy for designs that he decided to start AndyMark, Inc., with his fellow team mentor, Mark Koors. Over the years, Andy and Mark grew the company to become a strong supplier and supporter of FIRST Robotics, sponsoring many teams and events.
Andy is credited to helping to found the Indiana Robotics Invitational (IRI), Indiana FIRST, and the Indiana FIRST Workshops.
For the 2012 season, Andy is a mentor on a rookie team, CyberTooth team 3940 from Northwestern High School, as his oldest daughter is student CyberTooth member.