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Faculty News 2020


April 03

Prof. Martin Lawless Co-authors Paper in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

Faculty: Martin Lawless

April 01

Chemical Engineering Faculty Explores Online Teaching Methods

Like professors across the school, faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering is experimenting with ways to bring courses into the virtual classroom

Faculty: Benjamin J. Davis, Daniel H. Lepek, Amanda Simson, Jennifer Weiser

March 05

Prof. Robert Dell Presents at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Faculty: Robert Dell

March 03

Academic Promotion of Professors Davis, Keene, and Lima

Faculty: Eric Lima, Sam Keene, Benjamin J. Davis

February 12

2019 Shenzhen Biennale Features Cooper Students' Work

A project developed by an interdisciplinary group of Cooper students last spring has made its way into the Shenzhen 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture, held in northeastern China, though it almost didn't make it there due to its perceived potential political ramifications

Faculty: Sam Keene, Benjamin Aranda

February 11

Cooper Students and Faculty Attend AIChE Annual Student Conference

Faculty: Daniel H. Lepek, Amanda Simson, Benjamin J. Davis, Jennifer Weiser

January 28

Meet the Deans: Anne Griffin & Nada Ayad

Change has been happening in the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences. A chat with new acting dean and assistant dean

Faculty: Anne Griffin, Nada Ayad

January 24

Professor Robert Dell in Two Published Books and MIT Special Collections

Faculty: Robert Dell

January 17

Mid-Century Sculptor Costantino Nivola Subject of Houghton Exhibition

An artist whose works bridge sculpture and architecture gets a reexamination

Faculty: Steven Hillyer


December 12

Material Matters

How second-year architecture students got their sculptural works displayed in New York and France

Faculty: Julian Palacio

December 12

Climate Week x Cooper

A student-organized series of events aimed to raise the consciousness of the school community about the urgency of the climate crisis

Faculty: Amanda Simson

December 12

New Faculty in 2019

Academic search committees across The Cooper Union have been busy over the last year working to identify leading candidates to fill several full-time faculty positions

Faculty: Loujaina Abdelwahed , Fia Backström, Coco Fusco, Cristobal Lehyt, Doug Ashford, Nora Akawi, Lydia Kallipoliti, Anne Griffin, Nada Ayad, Hayley Eber, Lisa A. Shay

December 12

Engineering with a Conscience

At the intersection of ethics, engineering, architecture, and art

Faculty: Sam Keene, Sohnya Sayres, Barry L. Shoop, Anne Griffin

December 12

Prof. Robert Topper Presents Lecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology

Faculty: Robert Q Topper

December 02

Prof. Luchtenburg and Three Mechanical Engineering Students Co-author “Modelling the Motion of a 2-Arm ROV”

Mechanical engineering students Zhiyang (Sam) Chen ME’21, Rose Gebhardt ME’21, Christopher (Chris) Mignano ME’21, and Professor Dirk Luchtenburg teamed up with students from the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and Professor Thomas Impelluso to co-author Modelling the Motion of a 2-Arm Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).

Faculty: Dirk Martin Luchtenburg, Dirk Luchtenburg

August 22

Video: "I Can Drink the Distance"

Behind the scenes of the site-specific exhibition, "I Can Drink the Distance," on view from March 25 to April 26, 2019 at the 41 Cooper Square Gallery at The Cooper Union. Dyson, the Spring 2019 Robert Gwathmey Chair in Architecture and Art at The Cooper Union, and others, discuss her work and the interdisciplinary course she taught.

Faculty: Torkwase Dyson

June 22

Prof. Yecko and Graduate Student Kevin Yao ME'18, MEng'20 Present Research at the 2019 SIAM Snowbird Conference

Faculty: Philip Yecko

May 13

Cooper Co-Develops Plasma Blaster

A group of researchers from the Albert Nerken School of Engineering have begun a 2-year partnership with Petram Technologies, a company developing safer, more environmentally friendly demolition and excavation methods through plasma blasting

Faculty: Dirk Martin Luchtenburg, Philip Yecko

  • 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.