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Dec 01 2011

‘Engineering Icon’ Lectures on Leadership and Learning

New York, N.Y. (December 1, 2011) – Top leaders share several key qualities – global awareness, business savvy, and good ethics – a distinguished engineer said on Wednesday to a group of students, faculty, staff, and others in the community.

Eleanor Baum, Ph.D., the first woman dean of an engineering school in the United States, encouraged engineers to take on leadership roles and look at learning as an exciting adventure during a lecture on the new face of engineering leadership at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.


“Think in terms of taking a leadership role in solving societal problems, in creating and innovating, and doing wonderful and exciting things for society’s good and for your own,” said Baum, who was introduced as an “engineering icon” by Nada Anid, Ph.D., NYIT’s dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. 

Baum also spoke about efforts to increase the number of women and minorities in STEM professions (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to fulfill the need for more engineers, IT professionals, and scientists, among others. She called for a diverse group of faculty to inspire students, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations between universities. 

NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D. said the need for more STEM workers is a national priority that begins with students and faculty in NYIT’s classrooms and labs.

“We need to foster the next generation of American engineers and scientists,” he said.  

Baum’s speech is part of NYIT’s 21st-Century Leaders Speaker Series organized by the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Baum became the first woman to head an engineering school in America in 1984 at Pratt Institute’s School of Engineering, after a brief stint in the aerospace industry. She is the former dean of engineering at The Cooper Union and executive director of the Cooper Union Research Foundation. She is very active in recruitment and retention efforts to increase the number of women and minorities in the engineering profession.

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