Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering comprises the physical systems, devices and processes that form the backbone for the Information Age, including: electronic devices and materials, integrated circuits, signal analysis and processing for communication and multimedia applications, computer architectures and processes, embedded and distributed systems and networks, machine learning, and biomedical engineering.

The Cooper Union offers both a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering.  The Bachelor of Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Electrical engineering alumni from The Cooper Union have been very successful as professionals and leaders for the new economy emerging in the Information Age. Many pursue careers in other areas such as business and finance, law, medicine, applied mathematics and science.

The dedicated faculty and high faculty to student ratio ensure that students aren’t just  names on a list, but get to know the faculty as soon as they step into Cooper Union.

Mission Statement

To develop a highly trained, consummate engineer:  able to lead, to practice in a professional manner, to grow with technological advances, to express himself or herself in written and in oral form, to function as a project engineer immediately upon graduation and to pursue graduate studies in a variety of fields.

Program Objectives

  • Our graduates will have positions where they function as first-class project engineers.
  • Our graduates will have positions that require exceptional technical knowledge and professional design skills.
  • Our graduates will engage in activities that involve professional-level written and oral expression.
  • Our graduates will engage in activities that require demonstrating leadership skills.
  • Our graduates will engage in activities that demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, research, independent thinking and innovation.

Student Outcomes

(a)  an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering

(b)  an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c)  an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

(d)  an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e)  an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems

(f)  an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g)  an ability to communicate effectively

(h)  the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context

(i)  a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(i)  a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k)  an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

2017-2018 Electrical Engineering Enrollment and Graduation

Freshman: 29
Sophomore: 39
Junior: 40
Senior: 32

Total: 140

In May 2018, the Department of Electrical Engineering graduated 30 students with a Bachelor of Engineering- Electrical Engineering degree.

  • 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.