Dean of Engineering, Cooper Union Engineering school
Inducted in 1996
Dr. Eleanor Baum is the Dean of Engineering at Cooper Union Engineering School in New York and the executive director of the Cooper Union Research Foundation. She was the first female dean of engineering in the U.S. in 1984 when appointed to that post at Pratt Institute and the first female president of the American Society for Engineering Education.
Dr. Baum is a frequent writer and speaker on issues related to women and minority students in higher education and other engineering education issues. She is a guest on numerous radio and television programs and is frequently quoted by the press as an authority in these areas. She has scoured community colleges and high schools in urban centers in the Northeast to find women and minority students of college potential who face obstacles in attending college. Dr. Baum has been successfully in not only convincing large numbers of students that they could attend college,but also in ensuring that they successfully completed their course of study. She has attracted many of them to the engineering profession.
Dr. Baum is a director of AVNET, Inc. and of Allegheny Energy. She served on the board of the United States Trust Co. She has been president of ABET and chair of the New York Academy of Sciences. She is a board member of the New York Building congress. She is a trustee of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. In 2007, Dr. Baum was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.
Dr. Baum earned her Ph.D. from Polytechnic University in New York and has been awarded honory doctorates from Union College, Trinity College, Notre Dame University, the Colorado School of Mines, and New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is a Fellow of IEEE, SWE, ASEE, and ABET.
She has served on many advisory committees for universities, corporations, and government. Included among her many awards are the ASEE centennial medal, the Upward Mobility award from SWE, the Steinmetz medal from IEEE, the Townsend Harris medal from CCNY, the Achievement Award from Michigan State University, the Woman of Distinction Award from the National Conference of Student Leaders and outstanding alumnus awards from CCNY and Polytechnic University. Crains, N.Y. has again named her to their list of the 100 most influential women.
• Profile at the time of induction in 1996