Elaine Cooney is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology and Program Director of Electrical Engineering Technology at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. She is former Chair of the Department of Engineering Technology. Cooney received her bachelor’s of electrical engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (formerly General Motors Institute) and her master’s of science in electrical engineering from Purdue University.
As an ABET Senior IDEAL Scholar, she offers national workshops to engineering and engineering technology faculty members to develop and improve their academic assessment plans and promote the design of effective assessment processes, development of measurable learning outcomes, and application of data collection and data reporting methods. As an Indiana LEAP Faculty Fellow, she promoted the success of engineering technology students by tuning the ET curriculum in the state of Indiana. Cooney is president of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department Chairs’ Association, past chair of the Engineering Technology Leaders Institute, and former chair of the Women in Engineering Division of ASEE. Her areas of scholarship include engineering technology education assessment, improving engineering technology curriculum, analog circuits and signals and RFID. Currently, she is researching best practices in teaching and assessing critical thinking and problem-solving.