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Eleanor Baum

Educator and electrical engineer Eleanor Baum holds the distinction of being the first female dean of an engineering school in the United States, serving in that capacity at Pratt Institute starting in 1984. She is also the first woman to be president of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She is also a past president of ABET, the engineering accreditation association, and a former chair of the New York Academy of Sciences. Until 2012, Baum was dean of engineering at The Cooper Union in New York City, as well as executive director of the Cooper Union Research Foundation. She is currently dean emerita. In 1988 she won the Emily Warren Roebling Award from the National Women’s Hall of Fame; in 1990 she was awarded the Upward Mobility Award by the Society for Women in Engineering; and in 1996 she was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame. Baum is recognized nationally for her work in advancing engineering education and promoting engineering as a career for women and minorities.