All News 2016


August 24

Meet the Deans: Nader Tehrani

One year after he began as dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, we discuss how it has been going, what goals he has in mind and why he foresees a wider focus for the school, while embracing its site-specific qualities

August 18

Incoming 2016 Part Two

In the second of our three-part series on the newest members of The Cooper Union student body, we meet Travis Moon, Risako Arcari and Elias Rodriguez

August 15

Incoming 2016 Part One

In this first of a three part series introducing the newest students to join The Cooper Union, we meet Sophie Schneider, Javier Blancas and Tammy Wei

August 03

Sue Gussow Scholarship Fund Announced

Members of school of architecture class of 1995 are working to raise an endowed scholarship named in honor of Sue Ferguson Gussow A'56, professor emerita, who taught drawing to generations of graduates of the school

August 03

Summer STEM Speakers Talk about Work World Challenges

July 12

2016 Invention Factory Winners Announced

Top prize for the fourth annual Invention Factory™competition went to Dongho Kim and John Yoon, both rising sophomores studying mechanical engineering.

July 11

Cooper in Top Ten of Money Mag's 2016 "Best Colleges"

For the third consecutive year, Cooper Union was named to Money magazine’s Best Colleges for delivering value and preparing students for graduation.

July 01

Free Education Committee Issues Status Update -- July 1, 2016

June 28

Alumni-Student Mentoring Program Offers Window on Work World

June 27

Cooper Union & Bowery Alliance Reveal Bowery History

A series of 64 posters called "Windows on the Bowery" designed by Cooper students and staff detail the history of that famed street go on view in windows starting on July 5. View the interactive map

June 11

Prof. Topper Speaks at 2016 MARM

Robert Topper, professor of chemistry, gives a talk at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society

June 10

Prof. Savizky Speaks at 2016 MARM

Ruben Savizky, professor of chemistry, gives two talks at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society

June 08

Prof. Yecko Co-Authors Textbook

Philip Yecko, professor of physics, along with Oded Regev and Orkan Umurhan has co-authored a textbook in Fluid Dynamics titled "Modern Fluid Dynamics for Physics and Astrophysics” published by Springer Verlag in their 'Graduate Texts in Physics' series.

June 08

Prof. Delagrammatikas Hosts STEM Program for Middle School Students

June 02

Prof. Raja Presents Poster at Collective Intelligence 2016

Anita Raja, Professor of Computer Science, presents her joint work with Columbia researchers on "Accurate Crowd-labeling using Item Response Theory" at the Collective Intelligence 2016 held at NYU Stern School of Business

June 01

Prof. Diane Lewis Celebrates Her Newest Book and 40th Reunion

We chat with Prof. Lewis about her book, her approach to architectural pedagogy and the tour she will lead for members of Reunion 2016

June 01

Alumnus Tom La Porta (EE'86) Named Director at Penn State

Cooper alumni, Tom La Porta (EE'86) has become the director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Penn State after an international search.

May 27

Commencement 2016: The Highlights

The weather may have been overcast and drizzling but inside The Great Hall things were bright and upbeat

May 25

Robot Sumo Event Featured in Scientific American, Vice & Ars Technica

The annual End of Year Show event showcases the work of Prof. Brian Cusack's mechatronics class. The student-built robots fight to stay inside the ring for 60 seconds

May 20

Prof. Mintchev Speaks at BAMM

Stanislav Mintchev, professor of mathematics, talks about "Robust traveling waves in chains of simple neural oscillators"

May 19

Fulbright Scholar Prof. Daniel Lepek Gives Open Air Lecture

Daniel Lepek, currently researching at IPPT for the summer term, is invited to give an open air lecture on particle technology.

May 17

Saskia Bos: The Valedictory Interview

The Dean of the School of Art will step down after seeing the class of 2016 graduate. We talk to her about her highs and lows as dean, as well as looking forward for the school and herself

May 16

President's Citations Announced for 2016 Commencement

At the 2016 commencement on May 24 John Leeper AR'85, William Morrison A'89 and Jason Banfelder ChE'93 & MChE'96 will receive a President's Citation, an honor not bestowed for several years

May 13

Senior Snapshots 2016: Albert Nerken School of Engineering

Devora Najjar, Peter Morfe, Jacqueline Le and Hailey Kim talk about their projects, their experiences and their future plans

May 09

Thesis Year Snapshots 2016

In the first installment of our annual series focusing on members of the graduating class, we meet Jemuel Joseph, Max Dowd and Cassandra Engstrom of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

May 06

Three EE Seniors Win $10K in "Dream it. Code it. Win it."

Eugene Sokolov, Harrison Zhao and Sheryan Resutov took home an ingenuity prize for a glove that works like a computer mouse

May 05

Prof. Raja Presents Paper at 13th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium

Professor Raja, professor of computer science, presents paper titled "Modeling Uncertainty and Its Implications on Complex Interdependent Networks" coauthored with Mohammad Hasan (UNL), Rob Flowe (OSD-ATL), Brendan Fernes (Cooper Union) at the 13th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium

May 03

Senior Snapshots 2016: School of Art

Christian Charles, Willie Stewart and Olivia Drusin talk about their experiences at Cooper, what they plan to do after graduation and the ways that music informed their art

May 02

Denise Young Smith to Deliver 2016 Commencement Address

The Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources at Apple Inc. is responsible for recruiting and retaining talent. "I am honored to speak with these Cooper students about how we can all build a better future, together," she says

April 26

Ironworkers Give Students a Lesson in Heavy Metal

April 20

Meet the Deans: Richard Stock

After nearly one full year, the Acting Dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering chats about how it has been going, what he sees as his role at the school and how his particular skill set meshes so well with his temporary position

April 19

First-ever Professional Faculty Grants Encourage Adjunct Research

We focus in on the work of the eight grant recipients from Humanities and Social Sciences

April 18

Engineering Professors Have Their "One Shining Moment"

Watch the video featuring highlights from engineering faculty discussing their research projects with only three minutes on the clock during Cooper's own version of "March Madness"

April 18

Fever Pitch: This Crucial Moment In The Fight To Stop Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Patrick Robbins, former CUISD associate, co-authored with Kaitlin Butler "Fever Pitch: This Crucial Moment In The Fight To Stop Fossil Fuel Infrastructure", a comparative look at the anti-fossil fuel movement in both Utah and New York on Naomi Klein's blog "The Leap".

April 13

Cooper Union Wins Regional Steel Bridge Competition

The steel bridge team not only designed and constructed a bridge, but also fabricated all the pieces used in the competition. We talked with some of the members

April 06

Infrastructure and New York City's Water, NYT April 4

The New York Times and NY1 turned to Kevin Bone for his perspective on Mayor Bill DeBlasio's decision (or was it?) to postpone completion of New York City's third water tunnel

April 01

Prof. Dell Appears in Documentary: This House Matters

Professor Dell participated in a documentary film called This House Matters by Tina Traster

April 01

Zaha Hadid 1950-2016

April 01

Prof. Mintchev Co-Authors "Wave Generation in Unindirectional Chains of Idealized Neural Oscillators"

Paper titled "Wave generation in unindirectional chains of idealized neural oscillators" co-authored by Professor Mintchev and B. Fernandez published in The Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience, vol 6:5.

March 21

Summer Challenge Fellowship: LAND-USE

As the second year of the Institute’s fellowship competition, we call for project proposals that focus on the relationships between the earth’s biological systems and human activities such as agriculture, deforestation, urbanization, and resource extraction.

March 30

Poets, Musicians, Scientists, Architects and Educators Celebrate "Our Common Home"

Organized as a response to Pope Francis' environmental encyclical "Laudato Si," over 500 guests cultivated a positive atmosphere of engaging dialogue, profound photography and creative performance

March 29

De-gendered Restrooms Attract International Attention

Following a decision by Acting President Bill Mea to remove gender-specific signage on all restrooms at The Cooper Union academic buildings, the U.S. edition of "The Guardian" calls the move "pioneering"

March 24

Prof. Dell Attends Atlantic Roundtable Working Summit on Energy

The Atlantic Roundtable Working Summit on Energy hosted by the Atlantic Magazine discusses the supply and demand, new technology and changing nature of urban energy consumption

March 22

New Scholarships for High School Students to Attend Summer Art Program

March 21

Summer Challenge Fellowship: LAND-USE

As the second year of the Institute’s fellowship competition, we call for project proposals that focus on the relationships between the earth’s biological systems and human activities such as agriculture, deforestation, urbanization, and resource extraction.

March 18

Prof. Synnott Speaks at Eastern Economic Association

March 14

Houston Alumni Meet with Cooper President, Dean and Staff

Acting President Bill Mea and Acting Dean of The Albert Nerken School of Engineering, Dr. Richard Stock, visited the ExxonMobil Houston Campus on Thursday, March 3 for a luncheon with Cooper alumni working for the company

March 11

Cooper 'Construction Crew' Writes Book about Architectural Materials

March 09

Blurring the Edges of Photography: Art Alumnae Featured in Guggenheim Show

A conversation with Leslie Hewitt '00 and Sara VanDerBeek '98 about how sculptural strategies inform their photography

March 01

Prof. Yecko Co-Authors Paper in Computer Physics Communications

Philip Yecko, professor of physics, co-authors paper titled "Vofi — A library to initialize the volume fraction scalar field" in Computer Physics Communications, Vol 200, 291-299

February 26

Brian Swann's Eleventh Collection Wins Poetry Award

February 26

Kevin Bone Presents at WATER+

The University of Manitoba's WATER+ conference on February 26th posited emerging relationships between human and natural systems with specific reference to water as an activating agent

February 25

David Wootton Awarded C.V. Starr Distinguished Professorship

The award was established by The Starr Foundation, which has made more than $3.3 billion in grants since its start in 1955

February 24

The Lubalin Center Launches a Virtual Flat File

The Herb Lubalin Study Center has launched a new website, Flat File, that will showcase singular works of graphic design from its collection on a weekly basis

February 23

Dean Tehrani's Firm Wins Two Awards from Boston Society of Architects

February 22

Prof. Osinski's New Book Gains Media Attention

"Summer Days: Staten Island," Prof. Christine Osinski's new book of photographs taken in "the forgotten borough," has gotten national and international media attention

February 18

School of Engineering Launches "From the Lab"

"From the Lab" Engineering Series highlighting interdisciplinary research launched with Bioengineering as the inaugural theme.

February 18

Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Summary and Projections to FY20 Released

Bill Mea, vice president of finance & administration and acting president of The Cooper Union, releases his analysis of The Cooper Union’s financial condition, both in terms of its liquidity and the gap that must be bridged in order to cease reliance on tuition revenue.

February 10

In Conversation: Raffaele Bedarida & Jim Coddington, Chief Conservator of MoMA

On February 18 at 1.30 p.m. Raffaele Bedarida will have a free, public conversation with Jim Coddington, chief conservator of MoMA, about restoring the works of Jackson Pollack

February 08

In Memory of Prof. Manolis Kondopirakis

February 08

Diller and Scofidio Speak to Cooper's Architecture Students

February 07

Construction Matters Book Launch

A book launch for Construction Matters, by School of Architecture Associate Professor Georg Windeck.

February 01

Prof. Baglione & Grad Student Michael Pimpinella Co-Author Published Paper

Professor Baglione and graduate student Michael Pimpinella are co-authors on a journal publication titled “The Use of Sound Level Meter Apps in the Clinical Setting” in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Vol. 25, 14-28.

January 28

Breaking Barriers for New York City High School Students

George Delagrammatikas, director of STEM outreach programs at The Cooper Union talks with Marina Gutierrez, director of the Saturday Program, in the first of a series we are calling "Cooper to Cooper: Conversations Across Disciplines"

January 27

Behind the 2016 Menschel Exhibitiion

Menschel Fellowship Program Director Sohnya Sayres gives her thoughts on the 19th annual showcase of student projects in art, architecture, design, and engineering

January 27

Memorial to Jan Palach, Designed by John Hejduk, Unveiled in Prague

Dedication ceremony for Jan Palach Memorial, designed by John Hejduk (AR '50), founding dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture.

January 26

Architectural Fun-damentals

"Architecture in Play," Professor Tamar Zinguer's new book, examines four key toys from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries that embodied architectural notions of construction and manipulating form

January 25

Giving Back to the Future

The story behind the Howard Flagg Memorial Prize, a newly endowed award from former graduates to soon-to-graduate current students

January 20

Photo Gallery: STEM Days

Several Cooper engineering students returned to class earlier than expected when they served as instructors during two STEM days for high school students during the winter break

January 15

A Message on Behalf of the Free Education Committee -- Jan. 15, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Free Education Committee (“FEC”) of The Cooper Union Board of Trustees held its first meeting on January 12...

January 06

In Memory of Eugenie "Ersy" Schwartz

January 05

Art to Disrupt the Art Economy

Caroline Woolard A'07 uses her practice to imagine a new economic and political paradigm for artists and others


December 16

Judge Approves Consent Decree

Today, the Supreme Court of the State of New York approved the consent decree that was agreed to by the New York State Attorney General, The Cooper Union, the Board of Trustees and the Committee to Save Cooper Union in September

December 07

A Chat with Bill Mea

The Vice President for Finance & Administration and Acting President talks about his background, where he sees The Cooper Union going, and whether he is a Deadhead

December 06

Prof. Raja Co-Authors IAT-15 Paper

Paper titled "Establishing Cooperation in Highly-Connected Networks Using Altruistic Agents" co-authored by Professor Anita Raja presented at the IEEE/WIC/ACM Intelligent Agent Technology Conference 2015, December 6-9, 2015, Singapore.

November 29

The Buckminster Fuller Institute 2016 Fellowship Program

Each year, BFI invites scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world to submit solutions for addressing humanity’s most pressing problems. The Fellowship Program is meant to enhance rigorous discourse in the Fuller Challenge review process by bringing additional voices and perspectives into the discussion.

November 23

David Lehman, Author of Sinatra's Century, Talks about "The Voice"

On December 3, David Lehman will give a free, public lecture in The Great Hall about his new book, "Sinatra's Century"

November 22

Prof. Yecko Presents Paper at 68th Annual APS Meeting

Paper titled "Visualization of pulsatile flow for magnetic nanoparticle based therapies" co-authored by ME student Andrew Wentzel and Professor Yecko presented at American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics 68th Annual Meeting, Boston MA.

November 20

Prof. Baglione Serves as a Panelist

Professor Melody Baglione served as invited panelist on The Built Environment at the 3rd Annual Sustainable Energy and Design Conference, Bronx Community College.

November 17

Prof. Lepek Gives Talk at University College London

Professor Daniel Lepek gives a talk on "No Exams, No Graded Homework, No Lectures: Adventures in Active Learning, Peer Instruction, and Flipping the Classroom" at University College London

November 12

Farm to Table; Table to Farm

Two School of Art students have parlayed their education and experience into a traveling kitchen that sets up in UK dairy farms, documents the life there and culminates in a big communal meal. They call it "Enroot"

November 10

Prof. Dell Gives Talk at Keilir Atlantic Center of Excellence

Robert Dell, professor of mechanical engineering, presents "Geothermal micro climate at Keilir" at Keilir Atlantic Center of Excellence, Iceland

November 05

Prof. Dell Discusses Enhanced Planth Growth

Robert Dell, professor of mechanical engineering, discusses his research on Enhanced plant growth from an outdoor intensive shallow bottom heat system using waste geothermal hot water and steam condensate at IceBio2015 as a session presenter

October 26

Prof. Dell and William Folley Awarded the GRC's Best Presentation Award

Professor Robert Dell and William Folley win the Geothermal Research Council's Best Presentation award for their work on Heated Garden Research

October 20

Library Acquires a Trove of Cooper Family Documents

October 12

Gender Myths Exploded

Transgender Artists in Dialogue with Sexology Archives in Exhibition at Lubalin Gallery

October 08

Drawing Connections

"Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association," a touring exhibition featuring 43 original drawings by some of the world's most renowned architects, and its vital connection to The Cooper Union. We peek inside the show.

October 07

"Open City: Existential Urbanity" Book Signing and Symposium Announced

The November 19 book signing and November 20/21 symposium to be held at the New Museum and MoMA marks the official release of the collection of student work developed in the fourth-year "Architecture of the City" studio from 2001 - 2014

October 01

Cooper Students Inspire an Unique Writing Guide

Gwen Hyman & Martha Schulman of the Center for Writing talk about their new book, "Thinking on the Page," and how it grew out of their work with the a-typical writing students that use the Center as a critical resource

September 22

Type@Cooper and Letterform Archive Launch Type@Cooper West

The Cooper Union’s Continuing Education Certificate Program Offers West Coast Courses Beginning October 2015.

September 20

Prof. Dell Awarded at 2015 Geothermal Resource Council

Professor Dell presents Accelerated Plant Growth Results from an Intensive Shallow Bottom Heat System Using Waste Geothermal Hot Water and Steam Condensate in Iceland at the Geothermal Resource Council,which brings together leaders in the geothermal industry to showcase the latest in research, exploration and utilization of technology

September 19

Dorit Aviv Co-Hosts Princeton University's ULTRASTRUCTURES Conference

The Assistant Professor at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture will present her research and prototype of a passive cooling oculus / operable structure

September 16

Cooper Students Chosen for NSF-funded Business Innovation Program

To Start-Up or Not to Start-up, that was the question two Cooper sophomores asked themselves at I-Corps, a summer program that teaches how to assess an idea's business potential

September 14

Cooper Cartoonists at the New Yorker

Cooper Union alumni Edward Sorel, Jon Agee and Liana Finck tell how they first published their art work in The New Yorker and how their undergraduate days did and didn't prepare them for life as a cartoonist

September 14

Michael Young (Young & Ayata) wins Bauhaus Museum Design Competition

Young & Ayata, co-founded by Michael Young, have been awarded one of two first prizes for the New Bauhaus Museum in Dessau.

September 09

The Lubalin Center at 30

The Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography celebrates 30 years with an exhibition that shows off its extraordinary collection of design ephemera

September 09

Cooper Still Tops in 2016 U.S. News "Best Colleges" Guidebook

The Cooper Union has been ranked as the #1 Best Value and the #2 overall undergraduate school in its region by The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2016 guidebook

September 03

Incoming 2015: Part Three

In the third and last of our series featuring arriving students we meet Jasmine Tang, Eric Goins and Noah Silver

September 01

Cooper Union, Committee to Save Cooper Union Agree to Settle Litigation

  • 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.