Research Labs

Civil Engineering

Asphalt (SUPERPAVE)
SUPERPAVE is the acronym for Superior Performing Asphalt Pavements. SUPERPAVE was developed under the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) and uses performance based testing for classification of the asphalt binder and mix design.

Concrete
The concrete lab is is used for mix design, pouring, curing and testing of concrete specimens and members. The lab has the capability to meet the special concrete mixing requirements for high-strength concrete using super-plasticizers or other additives.

Environmental
This facility is used for water and wastewater analysis, soil analysis, environmental engineering, hazardous waste analysis and treatment.

Fluids and Hydraulics
Used for research on in-stream hydrokinetic energy systems, flow accelerating flumes, and vertical-axis turbines. An additional area of research in this Lab is the generation of energy from ocean waves.

Materials and Structures
This laboratory houses the MTS 810 System that is capable of performing a wide variety of standard materials tests. and is used for solid mechanics, properties of engineering materials, structural engineering, study of dynamic response, and concrete technology.

Soil Mechanics
This lab allows for experiments in soild mechanics including, but not limited to, water content, specific gravity, grain size distribution (both mechanical with sieves and sedimentation with the hydrometer), consistency limits, standard and modified Proctor density tests 

Center for Urban Infrastructure
The research focus of the Center is on New York City and its infrastructure, with special emphasis on renewal, rehabilitation, capacity expansion, and protection of the City’s urban systems

Chemical Engineering

Instrumental Analysis

Units Operation
Provides chemical engineering students the opportunity to observe, analyze and apply their engineering knowledge and training to the operation of equipment and processes commonly found in many chemical industries.

Electrical Engineering

Microlab
A general-purpose facility of PCs and workbenches for completing group assignments and for working on computer-related projects

Integrated Circuits
Integrated Circuit Engineering laboratory was established in 1994 with state-of-the-art computer-aided design (CAD) tools, computer platforms and their peripherals for the design of VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) circuits. 

S*ProCom²
The Center for Signal Processing, Communications and Computer Engineering Research offers undergraduates the opportunity to conduct full-scale research projects that reflect the complexity and rigor of their education at Cooper

Mechanical Engineering

Materials Engineering
This lab's apabilities include tensile, fatigue, and hardness testing; heat treating; failure analysis using optical microscopy techniques, soft tissue testing, and a range of prototyping tools for the design of low-cost open-source hardware

Mechatronics
Mechatronics combines mechanical engineering and electronic control using a systems perspective for the design of products and processes.The Mechatronics Laboratory provides space for both hands-on learning and research purposes with an emphasis on design and application of mechatronics and control systems theory.

Manufacturing and Industrial Robotics (Rapid-Prototyping)
This laboratory has evolved into a well equipped instructional environment capable of supporting courses in the areas of product development and general computer-aided engineering disciplines.

Vibrations and Acoustics
Extensive testing equipment and instrumentation includes various modal impact hammers, ICP force sensors, signal conditioners, five electrodynamic shakers, and PCB Piezotronics and Bruel & Kjaer seismic, tri-axial, and uni-directional accelerometers. It also includes a 520 cubic foot full-coverage anechoic chamber, the only one in New York City

Interdisciplinary Labs

Maurice Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering
Open to all Cooper Union faculty and students working on bioengineering projects requiring equipment and space for tissue culture, genetic engineering, biomechanics and related research

SEA²M³
The Center for Sustainable Engineering, Architecture and Art – Materials, Manufacturing and Minimalism, seeks to develop an awareness of solutions to engineering problems that protect the commons

Center for Innovation and Applied Technology
CIAT is an interdisciplinary research and educational resource that provides answers to our technological and productivity challenges

Distributed Intelligent Agents Lab
DIAL is concerned with the design and development of intelligent single and multi-agent systems

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