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Eleanor Baum, Ph.D.

Dean of Engineering, The Cooper Union

A special evening with the first female dean of a school of engineering in the United States.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, 1871 Broadway, Manhattan campus

About the Speaker

Eleanor Baum received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University and her undergraduate education at City College of New York.   She has worked in the aerospace industry and now consults for both government and industry.

Past chair of the New York Academy of Sciences, Dr. Baum also is past president of the American Society for Engineering Education and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). She chaired the Washington Accord and the Committee of Examiners for the Graduate Record Examination, and was also on the Board of Governors of the Order of the Engineer. Dr. Baum is a Fellow of IEEE, ABET, ASEE, and SWE. She was the national chairman of the Engineering Deans Council.

A member of the Engineering Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation and chair of the Engineering Workforce Commission, Dr. Baum has served on the National Academy’s Board on Engineering Education, the Competitiveness Policy Council, and national taskforces dealing with the student pipeline and with the faculty shortage in engineering.   She is a director of Allegheny Power Systems, Inc., the United States Trust Co., AVNET Corp., and was a member of the Electric Power Research Institute Advisory Council, the Cigna Corporation Advisory Board, and Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Council. Dr. Baum is a trustee of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and of Webb Institute. She has served on the external advisory boards of Michigan, Rice and Duke Universities, and the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Dr. Baum has received honorary doctorate degrees from Trinity College, Notre Dame University, Union College, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the Colorado School of Mines. She is very active in recruitment and retention efforts to increase the number of women and minorities in the engineering profession.

Among her many awards:

  • National Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, 2007
  • ASEE Lamme award for outstanding leadership in engineering education, 2002
  • CCNY Townsend Harris medal, 1997
  • IEEE Gruenwald Award for outstanding contributions to engineering education, 1997  
  • founding inductee in the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame, 1996  
  • Engineering Joint Council of Long Island Engineer of the Year, 1995  
  • Engineering Achievement Award from Michigan Technological University, 1995
  • AWIS Outstanding Women in Science Award, 1992
  • Dean’s Medallion from Michigan State University, 1992  
  • Upward Mobility Award from the Society of Women Engineers, 1990  
  • Woman of Distinction Award from the National Association of Student Leaders, 1990    
  • National winner of the Emily Warren Roebling Award presented by the National Women’s Hall of Fame, 1988
  • Long Island Federation of Technology (LIFT) Engineering Achievement Award, 1987
  • Outstanding Alumnus Achievement Awards - CCNY and Polytechnic University, 1986
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