All News 2018


October 08

Six M.Arch II Students Presenting at ASCA This Week

Six graduate architecture students from The Cooper Union will travel to Milwaukee to deliver papers at the annual conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

October 04

Graduate Student Catherine Wolfe (CE'17, ME'19) Receives Thornton Tomasetti Foundation Fellowship

Grad Student, Catherine Wolfe (CE'17, ME'19), receives Thornton Tomasetti Foundation First Annual Technical Literacy Fellowship.

October 02

Leslie Hewitt Featured in Carnegie International 2018

Leslie Hewitt A'00, assistant professor in the School of Art, is one of the 32 artists and artist collectives featured in the Carnegie International, 57th Edition

October 01

Architect Magazine Awards Studio Prize to First Year Architectonics Studio

The work of the Fall 2017 Architectonics Studio has been awarded a 2018 Studio Prize from Architect magazine as one of, "the best examples of architectural investigation taking place in colleges and universities today"

September 20

Investigations into Color

Two adjunct professors, Sarah Lowengard and Christina Weyl, of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, have received prestigious fellowships during the 2018/19 academic year. Both will be examining the history of color, though in different fields

September 14

Three Questions for Dr. Barry Shoop

Barry L. Shoop’s appointment as the new dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering begins in January 2019. We asked him a few questions.

September 14

Shelter from the Storm: Cooper Architects in Puerto Rico

September 12

Coming Soon: AACE Lab

Lab will serve as a catalyst for integration across the institution, with equipment allowing projects that involve “making,” from 3-D printers to robotic arms to virtual-reality technologies

September 12

2018 Invention Factory Winner: Twist Talk

Brian Chung and Hannah Quirk took home the top prize for a portable communication aid for children on the autism spectrum

September 09

Cooper Tops 2018 "Best" Lists

The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges, and other guides, put Cooper Union at the top of their lists for yet another year

September 07

Collaborating in New Spaces

Sam Keene, associate professor of electrical engineering, conceptualized and taught two cross-disciplinary courses in the spring 2018 semester, bringing architects, artists, and engineers into the same classroom with shared learning goals

August 28

Incoming 2018: Part Two

In this second half of our annual series on newly-arriving students, we meet Annabella Chen, Demauni Sankey, and Sara Yacoub. They answered questions about how they came to be interested in their field, what brought them to The Cooper Union and what they hope to do while they are here

August 22

Liz Diller and Peggy Deamer Receive 2018 Women in Architecture Award

August 22

Incoming 2018: Part One

In the first half of our annual series showcasing a few of the newest arrivals to The Cooper Union we meet Julia Buckley, Earl Kwofie, and Yeji Kim

August 13

Retraining Program for Immigrant Engineers Featured in Wall Street Journal

August 13

STEM Saturday Students Devise Alert for Bus Riders

High school STEM Saturday student participants explain their project to help improve bus transportation

August 07

Maurice Cox and Marc Norman In Conversation on the Future of Detroit

August 01

SEA2M3 Center is Finalist for Excellence in Innovation Award

The Cooper Union and its SEA2M3 (Sustainable Engineering, Architecture and Art - Materials, Manufacturing and Minimalism) Center led by Prof. Cumberbatch were selected as one of the finalists for the Phi Kappa Phi 2018 Excellence in Innovation Award.

June 12

Faculty Search

June 11

Adriana Farmiga Named MacDowell Fellow

Adriana Farmiga, assistant dean and adjunct professor in the School of Art, was awarded a 2018 MacDowell Summer Fellowship

May 22

Senior Snapshots 2018: Engineering

In the third and final installment of our annual series we catch up with seven graduating seniors and one graduated "senior" from the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. Some seniors have been working together on various teams for some time, so we decided to pair them

May 21

2018 Civil Engineering Juniors Receive Student Scholarships

Civil Engineering students William Yang CE'19, Mohammed Hossain CE'19, and April Mintz CE'19 are scholarship recipients.

May 14

Cooper Union Awarded $2 Million Grant from IDC Foundation

May 14

Senior Snapshots 2018: School of Art

Three aspiring artists, all women, each originally from a different Caribbean island, arriving in the U.S. at different ages, all ended up at the School of Art as freshmen in 2014. Four years later Paloma Izquierdo, Naomi Lisiki, and Taya Serrao are also graduating together

May 09

Professor Lepek Presents at the 8th World Congress on Particle Technology

May 04

Mechanical Engineering Junior Awarded STEM Grant for Women

May 04

Thesis Year Snapshots 2018: Architecture

This first installment of our annual senior snapshots focuses on graduates of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. We talked to Yaoyi Fan, Rick Farin, and Athena Unroe about their undergraduate years, their thesis projects, and what they now believe architecture can do

May 02

Dr. Barry L. Shoop Named New Engineering Dean

A message from President Laura Sparks about the appointment

April 30

Lucy Raven Receives Berlin Prize

The assistant professor in the School of Art has been selected for the fellowship of scholars, artists, and writers from the U.S. who "represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields"

April 25

Chem-E-Car Keeps on Chugging

The Chem-E-Car team of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering are going to national Chem-E-Car Competition again this year after placing second in the regionals on April 8th

April 16

Postdocs Around the World

The role of postdoctorate fellows continues to expand in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, supporting a more globalized curriculum

April 13

“Baneful Medicine” Exhibition Questions the Ethics of Medical Research

A walk through the exhibition with curator Andrew Weinstein

April 12

Three Civ-E Juniors Take Home Four Industry Scholarships

Civil engineering juniors Mohammed Hossain, April Mintz, and William Yang have each received scholarships from local chapters of engineering organizations

April 11

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum is 2018 Commencement Speaker

April 06

Professor Mintchev gives invited PI Mu Epsilon talk at GWU

April 06

Professor Dennis Adams Named Guggenheim Fellow

School of Art Professor Dennis Adams selected as 2018 Guggenheim Fellow

March 27

Snarkitecture to Design Installation for the National Building Museum

March 27

100 Days of Herb Lubalin

The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography launches to commemorate the designer's 100th birthday

March 27

Cooper Students Take Top Two Prizes at IEEE Conference

One paper focuses on applying AI to the hardware commonly found in smartphones and the other imagines a way for two users of VR headsets to interact directly

March 22

Cooper Union ASCE chapter receives 2018 Certificate of Commendation

March 22

Prof. Kwong Co-Authors Two Conference Papers

March 20

Professor Kwong Co-Authors Paper To Be Published in Earthquake Spectra Journal

March 14

Alumna Jean Brownhill Featured on Today Show

Jean Brownhill AR’00 talks with the Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie on how she built Sweeten

March 12

Cooper Faculty and Alumni on AN Top 50 List

March 07

Eva Franch i Gilabert Appointed Director of Architectural Association

March 05

Philosopher, Astronomer, Filmmaker, Sailor ... Novelist

Diego Malquori, assistant professor of philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences publishes his book of fiction

February 21

Learn How to Destroy the Internet

Erin Sparling teaches Cooper Students how to do it

February 20

Skylar Eiskowitz ME'19 Receives Brooke Owens Fellowship

Junior mechanical engineering student Skylar Eiskowitz is selected for the 2018 Brooke Owens Fellowship Program

February 14

Beloved Director of Buildings and Grounds Decides to Retire

February 13

Cooper Family Papers Exhibition

February 07

In Memoriam: Jack Whitten, Renowned Artist and Teacher

February 01

Real World Pedagogy: Building in Shenzhen, China

Two students, Margaux Wheelock-Shew and Jeremy Son, collaborate with Nader Tehrani to create a permanent pavilion in Shenzhen, China

January 31

Azin Valy AR'90 Featured on NYCTV

January 17

Cooper Union in Top Five 2018 "Colleges That Pay You Back"

Subtitled "The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck," the annual list is compiled by The Princeton Review

January 10

New Full-Time Faculty Bolster the Ranks

Following last year’s remarkable influx of seven new full-time, tenure-track faculty members across three academic branches, the reinvestment in teaching resources at The Cooper Union continues

January 10

A Talk with Antoinette “Toni” Torres

She's Director of Strategic Initiatives and Institutional Effectiveness, but “Institutional Life Coach” would be shorter and maybe more to the point

January 10

General John W. “Jay” Raymond Visits Cooper Union

The Commander of the Air Force Space Command addressed a capacity crowd

January 10

Cooper in Space

In spite of not having an aeronautics or rocket design program Cooper Union graduates have played important roles in designing, building, and launching the rockets and satellites

January 10

Girl Powered

A tour of the 33,000-square-foot Lower East Side Girls Club with founder Lyn Pentecost A'70


December 20

Sophomores Win MedTech Grand Prize

Their invention Safe Step, a device to aid those with peripheral neuropathy, wins $10k

December 14

Professor Simson Co-Authors Article

Professor Amanda Simson co-authors article on

December 08

A talk with Artists Emmy Mikelson and Charlotte Becket

The artist's multimedia work entitled "Displaced Plan," creates an immersive environment of sound and color that blurs the line between physical and digital space

December 06

Cooper Wins Major Grant from NY State for Green Building Initiatives

December 05

"Midground 19" in 41 Cooper Square Gallery

December 04

Cooper Students and Faculty at the APS Fluids conference

Cooper Union students and faculty presented posters and gave talks at the APS Fluids Conference 2017.

November 29

Professor Linda Pollak Exhibits Her "Atlas of (In)Visible Spaces"

The adjunct professor and highly accomplished architect has made her street in Tribeca the subject of a photographic practice that takes the notion of “street photography” to microscopic depths

November 27

Peter Zhao ChE '20 presents at 2017 Pan-American Nanotechnology Conference

November 27

Cooper Students Compete in 2017 ACM Programming Contest

Three teams consisting of EE and BSE majors participate in the 2017 ACM Programming Contest

November 17

Look Closer

We tag along with Annika Finne, adjunct instructor in HSS, to the Met museum where her class, "Reading Surfaces: Painting Techniques Over Time," hits a sweet spot of artistic processes with art history and the practice of close observation

November 08

Cooper Union at the 2017 Chemical Engineering Conference

The 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota this year from October 29 through November 3, had strong representation by both students and faculty members of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering

November 07

New Funding for Architecture Archive Database Project

Grants from the Leon Levy Foundation and Graham Foundation provided a major boost to the project to digitize, catalog and exhibit the Architecture Archive’s Student Work Collection

November 02

Maria Thereza Alves A'85 Uses Art to Address Ongoing Colonialism

We chatted with the artist, who will deliver a free, public lecture in the Great Hall on November 7, about her work

November 01

William Villalongo's Solo Exhibition Opens in Chelsea Gallery

The Assistant Professor and 1999 School of Art graduate's collection of figurative works is titled, "Keep on Pushing"

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  • “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.”

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  • 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.