Devora Najjar

Student Representative to the Board of Trustees

Devora NajjarDevora Najjar is a member of the class of 2016 studying Chemical Engineering, with a possible minor in Bioengineering. She is deeply involved in the Cooper community as a member of the Roof Gardening Club, Culinary Club, the Hillel on campus, SWE and AICHe, as well as being a part of Common Grounds and Free Cooper Union. She is the Engineering Student Representative for the Annual Fund Allies, a venture between the Alumni Relation office and students to encourage the education and involvement of students with respect to the Annual Fund. She is very passionate about the student body as a whole, and states that she will try to undertake this great task of representing the full range of student opinions to the Board of Trustees. She can be reached at

  • 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.