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Nov 28 2011

First Woman Dean of an Engineering School to Present Lecture at NYIT

New York, N.Y. (November 28, 2011) – The first woman dean of an engineering school in the United States will visit NYIT on Wednesday, Nov. 30 to give a lecture on the new face of engineering leadership.

Eleanor Baum, Ph.D., will lead a discussion on the importance of STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to America’s competitiveness in the global economy. She will also talk about efforts to increase the number of women and minorities in STEM professions to fulfill the need for more engineers, IT professionals, and scientists, among others.

Baum’s speech comes at the time of a national effort to attract and retain more people to these fields so they can contribute to the STEM workforce. Women currently make up a smaller percentage of STEM workers compared to males, and more workers will maximize innovation, creativity, and competitiveness in the United States, which is currently lagging behind other economies such as China and India.

NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences takes part in many initiatives to stimulate interest in STEM subjects for girls. Some of these include competitions aimed at encouraging female involvement, a summer tech camp on programming and robotics, and partnerships with other organizations to create programming and mentorship opportunities for girls in middle and high schools.

Part of NYIT’s 21st-Century Leaders Speaker Series, Baum will encourage NYIT students to develop a strong understanding of STEM subjects, as they are relevant to the broad education and skills needed in any industry to compete in the global workforce.

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.

The former president of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 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. 

Among her many awards, Baum was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and she won the IEEE Gruenwald Award for outstanding contributions to engineering education. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University and her undergraduate education at City College of New York.  

The fourth lecture in NYIT’s 21st-Century Leaders Speaker Series will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, located at 1871 Broadway between 61st and 62nd Streets at the Manhattan campus.

Register online
.  For more information, visit: nyit.edu/conferences/eleanor_baum.

A bus will be provided for students from the Old Westbury campus to the
Manhattan campus. The bus will pick students up in front of the 400 building and drop off in front of the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. To reserve your seat on the bus, please email soecsevents@nyit.edu.

About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 14,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.
 
Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 89,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.

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