Robert Dell

Director, Center for Innovation and Applied Technology, Adjunct Professor, C.V. Starr Research Foundation Research Fellow

Prof. Robert Dell is the Founding Director of the Center for Innovation and Applied Technology and the Laboratory for Energy Reclamation at The Cooper Union, where he is also Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  He is Visiting Scientist with the Keilir Institute of Technology, Visiting Academic with the University of Iceland and the Research Fellow for the C.V. Starr Research Foundation.  

Prof. Dell was the Principal Investigator for numerous research grants from Consolidated Edison, and is the Project Research Scientist on a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant for regenerative braking in elevators.

He has been a guest speaker at venues including MIT, Harvard, Columbia University, the University of Iceland, the Metropolitan Chapter of ASME, and the New York Hall of Science.  His many research appointments include MIT, the American Scandinavian Foundation, The New York Botanical Garden, Fulbright, and the University of Iceland Research Stations.

 Prof. Dell is First Inventor on three filed patent applications and is the First Author of numerous research papers for venues including Consolidated Edison, the Geothermal Resources Council, The Geo-Heat Center at the Oregon Institute of Technology, and the Cooper Union Research Foundation.

A recent accepted paper for the 2012 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition has been recommended for Best Paper, journal publication and Honors. Scientific American has recognized Prof. Robert Dell as one of the leading professional researchers in the New York City area.



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