Profile: Eleanor Baum, Dean of Engineering

Eleanor_BaumEleanor Baum was born in Poland which she escaped with her parents, during World War II.  She grew up in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Eleanor Baum received her bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from City College and her PhD in Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York.  She has honorary Doctor of Science degrees from The Cooper Union, Union Collage and Trinity Collage.  She serves on the board of Avnet, Inc., which is a firm specializing in electronics. She is chairwoman of the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences, and a director of Allegheny Power Systems, and the United States Trust Company. a She has been a Fellow of the IEEE, the Society for Women Engineers (SWE), and the Order of the Engineer.

Dr. Eleanor Baum taught at Pratt Institute and became dean of its engineering school in 1985.  She was the nation’s first female engineering dean. Dr. Baum was named dean of Cooper Union’s Nerkin School of Engineering in 1997.  During her years at The Cooper Union, the female enrollment rose from 3% to 30%.

Links with more information:

Engineering and Technology Wiki, Eleanor Baum Biography, Link

Engineering and Technology, Oral History, Interview with Lauren Kata, 4/01/2003,  Link

Crains New York Business, Most Powerful Women of New York, 2007.  Link

Speech titled:Women In Engineering: Creating A Professional Workforce For The 21st Century, by Eleanor Baum, Ph.D., Dean of Engineering, Cooper Union,The Second Annual Elvera and William Stuckenberg Lecture in Technology and Human Affairs, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Washington University, St. Louis: April 23, 1991  Link

A CONVERSATION WITH/Eleanor Baum; Bringing Feminine Mystique to Engineering, Claudia Dreifus, New York Times, June 22,1999.  Link