Baker was founded in 1940 by the late Michael Baker, Jr. and attained early recognition as a national and international engineering design and surveying firm. Baker is a large, full-service firm with a long history in surveying and mapping. The company was a pioneer in applying computer technology to solve surveying, mapping, and engineering problems, having installed its first in-house computer in 1956. Baker has provided digital mapping services by compiling directly into CADD since 1979. GPS technology was acquired in 1989 and digital orthophotos in 1993.