Alan N. Wolf
Professor and Chair of Physics
B.S., SUNY at Stony Brook
M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas
J.D. Yeshiva University (CSL)
Projects & Links
Invention Factory is an intensive summer program for Cooper Union undergraduate engineering students. This summer, students working in teams of two will conceive an invention, research the prior art (patents and products), build a working prototype, and compete for 1st and 2nd Prizes for Best Invention ($5,000 and $3,000, respectively). At the conclusion of the program, each team files a provisional patent application to help protect their invention for one year.
Previous inventions include the Snip-It Tape Dispenser, the Dual-Flush Easy Toilet Conversion Kit, and the Rapid Packing Container.
We are currently seeking guest evaluators for this year. Guest evaluators ask tough questions and help students refine their ideas. In addition, evaluators have an opportunity to guide Cooper students through the process of creating and refining their novel inventions.
Guest evaluators are needed for the following days in 41 Cooper Square (all sessions 5:30PM – 7 PM):
Thursday, July 26
Tuesday, July 31
Thursday, August 2
Tuesday, August 7
Thursday, August 9
Tuesday, August 14
Thursday, August 16
Tuesday, August 21
At each evaluation session, five of the ten teams will present their inventions. Evaluators taking part in the first few weeks of the program will have a strong influence on the early development of projects. Later in the program, evaluators will help students refine their presentations and their more robust prototypes.
We encourage evaluators to listen carefully to each presentation and give the students honest feedback. Evaluation criteria will be provided to help assess the inventions. Light refreshments will be served.
You may participate in up to two sessions (one Tuesday and/or one Thursday) to see and critique the evolving inventions.
You can learn more about the Invention Factory and see inventions from the past four summers at: http://www.inventionfactory.org.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org today to sign up as an evaluator.