Scientific American at The Cooper Union End of Year Shows

June 26, 2011

Reporter Larry Greenemeir of Scientific American recently visited the Cooper Union End of Year shows. Greenemeir interviewed several budding engineers (and faculty members) who explained the genesis of their projects, challenges that were overcome and, when possible, provided demonstrations. The Scientific American blog now features his in-depth article highlighting some of these outstanding projects.

  • 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.