Professor Simson Co-Authors Article on WIRED.com

December 14, 2017

Photo Credit: Wentao Zhang

Photo Credit: Wentao Zhang

Professor Amanda Simson, assistant professor of chemical engineering, co-writes feature tilted "The Dirty Secret of the World's Plan to Avert Climate Disaster" on WIRED.com, exploring the technology behind "negative emissions" and whether it can help us reach climate goals set forth by the Paris agreement. The article investigates whether we can pull carbon dioxide directly out of thin air, a process called direct air capture, and how much systems like this might cost.

  • 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.