All News 2018


August 13

Retraining Program for Immigrant Engineers Featured in Wall Street Journal

August 13

STEM Saturday Students Devise Alert for Bus Riders

High school STEM Saturday student participants explain their project to help improve bus transportation

June 12

Faculty Search

June 11

Adriana Farmiga Named MacDowell Fellow

Adriana Farmiga, assistant dean and adjunct professor in the School of Art, was awarded a 2018 MacDowell Summer Fellowship

May 22

Senior Snapshots 2018: Engineering

In the third and final installment of our annual series we catch up with seven graduating seniors and one graduated "senior" from the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. Some seniors have been working together on various teams for some time, so we decided to pair them

May 21

2018 Civil Engineering Juniors Receive Student Scholarships

Civil Engineering students William Yang CE'19, Mohammed Hossain CE'19, and April Mintz CE'19 are scholarship recipients.

May 14

Cooper Union Awarded $2 Million Grant from IDC Foundation

May 14

Senior Snapshots 2018: School of Art

Three aspiring artists, all women, each originally from a different Caribbean island, arriving in the U.S. at different ages, all ended up at the School of Art as freshmen in 2014. Four years later Paloma Izquierdo, Naomi Lisiki, and Taya Serrao are also graduating together

May 09

Professor Lepek Presents at the 8th World Congress on Particle Technology

May 04

Mechanical Engineering Junior Awarded STEM Grant for Women

May 04

Thesis Year Snapshots 2018: Architecture

This first installment of our annual senior snapshots focuses on graduates of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. We talked to Yaoyi Fan, Rick Farin, and Athena Unroe about their undergraduate years, their thesis projects, and what they now believe architecture can do

May 02

Dr. Barry L. Shoop Named New Engineering Dean

A message from President Laura Sparks about the appointment

April 30

Lucy Raven Receives Berlin Prize

The assistant professor in the School of Art has been selected for the fellowship of scholars, artists, and writers from the U.S. who "represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields"

April 25

Chem-E-Car Keeps on Chugging

The Chem-E-Car team of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering are going to national Chem-E-Car Competition again this year after placing second in the regionals on April 8th

April 16

Postdocs Around the World

The role of postdoctorate fellows continues to expand in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, supporting a more globalized curriculum

April 13

“Baneful Medicine” Exhibition Questions the Ethics of Medical Research

A walk through the exhibition with curator Andrew Weinstein

April 12

Three Civ-E Juniors Take Home Four Industry Scholarships

Civil engineering juniors Mohammed Hossain, April Mintz, and William Yang have each received scholarships from local chapters of engineering organizations

April 11

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum is 2018 Commencement Speaker

April 06

Professor Mintchev gives invited PI Mu Epsilon talk at GWU

April 06

Professor Dennis Adams Named Guggenheim Fellow

School of Art Professor Dennis Adams selected as 2018 Guggenheim Fellow

March 27

Snarkitecture to Design Installation for the National Building Museum

March 27

100 Days of Herb Lubalin

The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography launches to commemorate the designer's 100th birthday

March 27

Cooper Students Take Top Two Prizes at IEEE Conference

One paper focuses on applying AI to the hardware commonly found in smartphones and the other imagines a way for two users of VR headsets to interact directly

March 22

Cooper Union ASCE chapter receives 2018 Certificate of Commendation

March 22

Prof. Kwong Co-Authors Two Conference Papers

March 20

Professor Kwong Co-Authors Paper To Be Published in Earthquake Spectra Journal

March 14

Alumna Jean Brownhill Featured on Today Show

Jean Brownhill AR’00 talks with the Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie on how she built Sweeten

March 12

Cooper Faculty and Alumni on AN Top 50 List

March 07

Eva Franch i Gilabert Appointed Director of Architectural Association

March 05

Philosopher, Astronomer, Filmmaker, Sailor ... Novelist

Diego Malquori, assistant professor of philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences publishes his book of fiction

February 21

Learn How to Destroy the Internet

Erin Sparling teaches Cooper Students how to do it

February 20

Skylar Eiskowitz ME'19 Receives Brooke Owens Fellowship

Junior mechanical engineering student Skylar Eiskowitz is selected for the 2018 Brooke Owens Fellowship Program

February 14

Beloved Director of Buildings and Grounds Decides to Retire

February 13

Cooper Family Papers Exhibition

February 07

In Memoriam: Jack Whitten, Renowned Artist and Teacher

February 01

Real World Pedagogy: Building in Shenzhen, China

Two students, Margaux Wheelock-Shew and Jeremy Son, collaborate with Nader Tehrani to create a permanent pavilion in Shenzhen, China

January 31

Azin Valy AR'90 Featured on NYCTV

January 17

Cooper Union in Top Five 2018 "Colleges That Pay You Back"

Subtitled "The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck," the annual list is compiled by The Princeton Review

January 10

New Full-Time Faculty Bolster the Ranks

Following last year’s remarkable influx of seven new full-time, tenure-track faculty members across three academic branches, the reinvestment in teaching resources at The Cooper Union continues

January 10

A Talk with Antoinette “Toni” Torres

She's Director of Strategic Initiatives and Institutional Effectiveness, but “Institutional Life Coach” would be shorter and maybe more to the point

January 10

General John W. “Jay” Raymond Visits Cooper Union

The Commander of the Air Force Space Command addressed a capacity crowd

January 10

Cooper in Space

In spite of not having an aeronautics or rocket design program Cooper Union graduates have played important roles in designing, building, and launching the rockets and satellites

January 10

Girl Powered

A tour of the 33,000-square-foot Lower East Side Girls Club with founder Lyn Pentecost A'70


December 20

Sophomores Win MedTech Grand Prize

Their invention Safe Step, a device to aid those with peripheral neuropathy, wins $10k

December 14

Professor Simson Co-Authors Article

Professor Amanda Simson co-authors article on

December 08

A talk with Artists Emmy Mikelson and Charlotte Becket

The artist's multimedia work entitled "Displaced Plan," creates an immersive environment of sound and color that blurs the line between physical and digital space

December 06

Cooper Wins Major Grant from NY State for Green Building Initiatives

December 05

"Midground 19" in 41 Cooper Square Gallery

December 04

Cooper Students and Faculty at the APS Fluids conference

Cooper Union students and faculty presented posters and gave talks at the APS Fluids Conference 2017.

November 29

Professor Linda Pollak Exhibits Her "Atlas of (In)Visible Spaces"

The adjunct professor and highly accomplished architect has made her street in Tribeca the subject of a photographic practice that takes the notion of “street photography” to microscopic depths

November 27

Peter Zhao ChE '20 presents at 2017 Pan-American Nanotechnology Conference

November 27

Cooper Students Compete in 2017 ACM Programming Contest

Three teams consisting of EE and BSE majors participate in the 2017 ACM Programming Contest

November 17

Look Closer

We tag along with Annika Finne, adjunct instructor in HSS, to the Met museum where her class, "Reading Surfaces: Painting Techniques Over Time," hits a sweet spot of artistic processes with art history and the practice of close observation

November 08

Cooper Union at the 2017 Chemical Engineering Conference

The 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota this year from October 29 through November 3, had strong representation by both students and faculty members of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering

November 07

New Funding for Architecture Archive Database Project

Grants from the Leon Levy Foundation and Graham Foundation provided a major boost to the project to digitize, catalog and exhibit the Architecture Archive’s Student Work Collection

November 02

Maria Thereza Alves A'85 Uses Art to Address Ongoing Colonialism

We chatted with the artist, who will deliver a free, public lecture in the Great Hall on November 7, about her work

November 01

William Villalongo's Solo Exhibition Opens in Chelsea Gallery

The Assistant Professor and 1999 School of Art graduate's collection of figurative works is titled, "Keep on Pushing"

October 19

Multiple Healthcare-Focused Student Works Win Prizes

Seniors Giovanni Sanchez and Ruchi Patel, and junior Simon Shao all took home cash awards for innovative solutions in one weekend

October 13

Studio Libeskind Designs Canada’s First National Monument Dedicated to the Holocaust

October 12

2017 Profile of First-Year Students

October 11

Prof. Luchtenburg Chairs Session and Graduate Student David Shekhtman Presents Research at ASME DSCC 2017 Conference

Prof. Luchtenburg, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, chairs a session at the ASME 2017 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC) held in Tysons, VA, on October 11, 2017, where his graduate student, David Shekhtman, will present his research.

October 11

Now You See It...

William Germano, professor and author of the recent book Eye Chart, reflects on an object that started as a diagnostic tool but became cultural meme

October 05

$100K Innovation Prize Awarded to Former Invention Factory Winner

TrioCup, a to-go coffee cup with an origami-style no-spill lid first developed by two Cooper Union students in the 2015 Invention Factory has won $100,000 as part of the New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize

October 04

Tyme Kiosk by Situ Studio Pops Up in Times Square

October 03

Adriana Farmiga Named Assistant Dean

Adriana Farmiga A’96,who has taught at the School of Art since 2011, has been appointed Assistant Dean at the school. Also: an interview about her latest work

October 01

Prof. Dell Presents Paper at 2017 GRC Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah

Professor Robert Dell presented a paper about a 3G security camera network using a thermoelectric generator fueled by a geothermal steam pipe.


September 28

School of Architecture Students and Faculty Participate in IdeasCity 2017

Led by Assistant Professor Lorena Del Rio, groups of student volunteers fabricated segments of a design for a stepped seating environment that, when fully assembled, is circular in plan

September 27

Week One: Jenna Scott CE'21

We followed the freshman civil engineering student through her first week classes at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering to better understand what one might encounter

September 25

Prof. Topper Co-Authors Publication on Machine Learning in Chemistry

Professor Topper, working with a team of researchers led by NYU Professor Mark Tuckerman, has contributed to a paper in the Physical Review Letters journal.

September 21

Professor Cataldo Co-Authors Journal Paper on Green Roof Thermal Buffering

Professor Cataldo Co-Authors Journal Paper on Green Roof Thermal Buffering.

September 19

Week One: Vyczie Dorado-Lopez A'21

We followed Vyczie through all of her classes in her first week at The School of Art to better understand what the experience is like

September 19

"Depero Futurista" Arrives

A rare 1927 art book by the Italian Futurist Fortunato Depero has been successfully reprinted in a near-perfect facsimile edition thanks to the efforts of HSS professor Raffael Bedarida

September 15

Week One: Ezekiel Binns AR'22

To better learn what it is like to start your life as a student of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, we followed one around for one week, attending every class

September 14

Week One: Introduction

Our introduction to a web series that follows three arriving students, one from each school, through their first full week of classes

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.