Elaine McCracken worked as a Medical Technologist in several hospital laboratories including Loyola University Hospital, University of Chicago Hospital and Community Hospital in Munster. During that time, she returned to Purdue Calumet to earn a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering Technology. Elaine combined her background in healthcare with Industrial Engineering and has held various roles related to management engineering, process improvement and quality within different types of healthcare organizations from university teaching hospitals to healthcare systems as well as community hospital facilities. She is currently the Assistant Vice President of Operational Quality and Performance at Franciscan St Anthony Health in Crown Point, Indiana.
She also earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Purdue, graduated from the Medical Technology program at Loyola University and received her Medical Technology certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Elaine earned her master’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana University and is an American Society for Quality (ASQ) certified Six Sigma Black Belt. She is also a member of the Purdue Calumet Industrial Engineering Technology Advisory Committee.
Elaine is an avid cyclist and a United States Master Swimmer (USMS). She has competed in over 30 triathlons and is a certified yoga instructor. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and ballroom dancing.
Elaine’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience:
“My first degree from Purdue Calumet was my foundation and my second degree allowed me to expand my career path. Returning to Purdue Calumet and forming relationships with several professors that have lasted beyond graduation has been a great experience for me.”
Elaine’s advice to current Purdue Calumet students:
“Approach every event in your life as a learning experience. Take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way. Keep balance in your life and enjoy each and every day.”