All News 2024


July 08

Yuri Masnyj Named Asst Dean of School of Art

June 24

Katie Merz A'84 Draws Instant Mural for WNYC

Merz created the mural as part of WNYC’s centennial celebrations

June 12

IGVC Team’s Design Receives Innovation Award at The Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition

The Cooper Union Albert Nerken School of Engineering’s IGVC team was honored with the Innovation Award at the annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) for their groundbreaking Brake-by-Cable design 

June 12

Queer Geometries

Antiprisms: Stories of Transformation, a solo exhibition of work by Uyen Nguyen ME’14, explores queer identity and community through the intersection of mathematics, origami, and fashion.

June 10

New Forte Construction Corp. Scholarship Created

The scholarship, established by Forte President and Cooper alumnus Larry Pappas, will fund the education of an engineering student interested in construction and/or construction management

June 05

Adriana Farmiga Named Dean of Cooper Union School of Art

June 03

School of Art Alumna Emilie Louise Gossiaux Receives the 2024 Ida Applebroog Grant

The biennial juried award recognizes an under-recognized artist 

May 24

Assistant Professor Abigail Raz Co-Authors Paper Published in Discrete Applied Mathematics

May 20

End of Year Message from Acting Dean Eber

May 20

Assistant Professor Cynthia Lee Co-Authors Paper Featured in Sustainable And Resilient Infrastructure

May 17

Engineering Students Competed in the 4th Annual VFS Design-Build-Vertical Flight Competition

Mechanical engineering seniors Benjamin Meiner, Ariel Tamayev, Calder Leppitsch, and Levi Sheridan participated in the competition held in Churchville, Maryland 

May 17

Associate Professor Stanislav Mintchev Co-Published In Mathematical Modelling Of Natural Phenomena

Associate Professor of Mathematics Stanislav Mintchev has co-published in Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena (Vol. 19, 2024). The paper delves into the topic of “Emergent properties in a V1-inspired network of Hodgkin–Huxley neurons.”

May 17

Cooper Students Compete in the 2024 AIAA Design/Build/Fly Competition

Cooper engineering students and their faculty advisor, Dirk M. Luchtenburg, professor of mechanical engineering, competed in the 2024 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Design/Build/Fly competition hosted by Textron Aviation in Wichita, Kansas

May 16

Cooper’s Solar Decathlon Team at the 22nd Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Final Competition

Engineering students Larry Zheng CE’26, Amelia Roopnarine ME’25, Lawrence Zeng CE’26, Mizanul Hoque ME’, and Vito Di Gregorio CE’26, alongside architecture students Abraham (Bram) Cherner ARCH’26, Kyle Ku ARCH’26, and Miao (Miles) Xue ARCH’26, showcased their project at the 2024 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Final Competition held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. 

May 14

Hiu Chen CE’24 Awarded 2023-24 Geo Institute Chapter Graduate Scholarship

Recent graduate and incoming civil engineering master student Hiu Chen has been awarded the 2023-24 Geo Institute Chapter Graduate Scholarship from the ASCE Metropolitan Section Chapter of the Geo-Institute.

May 14

Class of 2024: In Their Own Words

Each spring, we celebrate the conclusion of the academic year by asking graduating students to share highlights from their time at Cooper and their plans for the future.

May 13

Professor Atina Grossmann is the 2024 Moses Mendelssohn Awardee

Atina Grossmann, professor of history, received the 2024 Moses Mendelssohn Award earlier this winter

May 07

Meet the New Saturday Program Staff

We spoke with José Ortiz, the new director of The Cooper Union Saturday Program, and Ciana Malchione A'21, who was recently promoted to assistant director.

May 01

Cooper Students Construct Ban’s Paper Log House

Shigeru Ban’s Paper Log House is on view in North America for the first time in six years thanks to the efforts of a set of Cooper architecture students

April 23

Kevin Slavin: Entrepreneur, Artist, and Alumnus to Give 2024 Commencement Address

His work spans the intersections between science, technology, and culture

April 16

Students Named Finalists in NY Business Plan Competition

Engineering students George Kwiecinski and Zephaniah Odidika impressed judges at the regional level with their pitch for a pharmaceutical-focused startup.

April 16

Meet New STEM Outreach Director, Yvonne Thevenot

The Cooper Union welcomes Yvonne Thevenot as the new director of STEM Outreach, which offers a host of educational programs to New York City high school students.

April 12

Students Awarded Scholarships from Multiple Engineering Organizations

Seven civil engineering students were awarded scholarships from three New York City metro civil engineering organizations

April 12

Introducing our Newest Staff Members

Blair Ribeiro, Lizbeth Soto, and Jake Zweiback have joined Albert Nerken School of Engineering Dean’s Office

April 09

Mechanical Engineering Seniors Place Third in CREATE

The group received a $5,000 award

April 04

$4 Million Bequest to Keep Innovation Alive

April 04

Film Screening and Exhibition about Celebrated Painter Tom Nozkowski A'67

The documentary was made by another Cooper alumnus, Gabriel Rodriguez-Fuller

April 03

Assistant Professor of Art Fia Backström Receives the Borlem Prize

April 02

Junior Ubaidullah Hassan ChE'25 Named a Goldwater Scholar

Hassan is one of 438 students to receive the honor for the 2024-2025 academic year from an estimated pool of over 5,000 college sophomores and juniors

March 25

Professor Jennifer Weiser Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award for 2024-2025

 Dr. Jennifer Weiser, an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in Biomedical Sciences to Austria for the 2024-2025 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

February 29

Mokena Makeka Named President of SAIA

Makeka sees his new post with the South African Institute of Architects as an opportunity for Cooper to collaborate with architects abroad.

February 29

Cooper Solar Decathlon Team's Sure We Can Design Secures Finalist Position

Over the weekend, The Cooper Union Solar Decathlon team delivered a virtual presentation to a panel of jurors at the 2024 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Semifinal and secured a place as a finalist under the Multifamily Building Division

February 26

New Endowed Professorship to Encourage Cross-Discipline Innovation

The John and Mary Manuck Distinguished Professor of Design professorship aims to raise the visibility of design as a unifying element and will rotate among Cooper’s three schools

February 21

Generous Gift to School of Art from Harold Altman A'47

The celebrated artist credited Cooper with giving him a chance to excel

February 21

Cooper Union Engineering Students Participate in 10th Virtual Winter School on Computational Chemistry

Several Cooper Union engineering students participated in the 10th Virtual Winter School on Computational Chemistry to learn how computational quantum mechanics is used to study the structures, reactions, and applications of chemical compounds, biomolecules, and materials

February 01

Andrew Kim ChE’25 Awarded the 2023 MENY Scholarship

Junior chemical engineering student, Andrew Kim, was awarded the 2023 Municipal Engineers of the City of New York (MENY) scholarship award.

January 30

Art and Architecture Faculty Participate in the Whitney Biennial 2024

The 2024 Whitney Biennial features current adjunct faculty members from both the School of Art and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture.

January 08

Brian Swann's Latest Book Chronicles Life During COVID

The latest book by Brian Swann, professor emeritus of humanities, is titled Ya-Honk! Goes the Wild Gander or, Covid Divagations.


December 14

Reflections on a Challenging Semester

December 12

Professor Pisani Awarded $1.4 million grant

Assistant Professor Alice Pisani has been awarded $1.4 million through the COSMOBEST European Grant for Research to support her study of cosmic voids.

December 01

2023 AIChE Annual Student Conference: Chemical Engineering Students Win Top Awards

Last month, chemical engineering students and faculty attended the 2023 AIChE Annual Student Conference in Orlando, Florida. AIChE stands as the foremost global organization for chemical engineering professionals, boasting over 60,000 members from 110 countries.

November 21

Cooper Engineering Students Attend 12th Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference

Engineering students Ryan Chowdhury ChE’25, Effie Bluestone EE’25, Kanghyuk Lee ME’24, and Jared Sealy ChE’24, attended the 12th Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference (NASEC) at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland.

November 16

Mechanical Engineering Students Presented at ASME’s 2023 IMECE

In early November, Cooper mechanical engineering students Brandon Bunt BSE’22 MME, Maya Grutman ME’24, Calder Leppitsch ME’24, Daniel Zaretsky ME’24, Benjamin Meiner ME’24, Jason Chen ME’24, Christos Potamianos ME’25, and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Kamau Wright, Associate Professor of Mechanical and C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor Dirk M. Luchtenburg, and Adjunct Professor Robert Dell attended and presented research at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2023 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE) in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

November 13

Engineering Students Attend WE23, The Premier Women in Engineering Conference

Undergraduate and graduate engineering students had the opportunity to participate in WE23, the world’s largest conference dedicated to women in engineering and technology held in Los Angeles, CA. 

November 09

Faculty-Curated Exhibition on Jewish Italian Artist Corrado Cagli at CIMA

A new exhibition, curated by HSS professor Raffaele Bedarida, explores the life and work of Jewish Italian artist Corrado Cagli and is accompanied by a series of talks featuring Cooper Union faculty.

November 08

The Cooper Union Archives & Special Collections receives grant to digitize event and exhibition ephemera

Grant supports work to digitize and showcase materials stemming from the years that Deborah Remington taught in the School of Art

October 30

Cooper Engineering Students Present at the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference

Earlier this month, Azra Rangwala EE’25, Jacob Krebs CE’24, and Associate Dean Lisa Shay presented work at the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference at Villanova University outside Philadelphia.

October 27

Anthony Candido 1924 – 2023

October 20

Anthony Vidler - In Memoriam

Professor Anthony Vidler served as dean of the Chanin School of Architecture from 2001 to 2013

October 20

In Memoriam: Professor Anthony Vidler

October 17

Meet Eilin Pérez, Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Eilin Rafael Pérez joins the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences this semester as a visiting assistant professor of history.

October 12

In Memoriam: Winston Wilkerson

Wilkerson worked at Cooper Union for nearly 50 years

October 12

Three Questions for Mokena Makeka

An award-winning architect, Mokena Makeka joins the Cooper community this month in the new role of special advisor to the vice president of academic affairs.

October 05

"Sue Ferguson Gussow: Retrospective" Opens on Thursday, October 12

The exhibition features oil paintings as well as charcoal and pastel drawings by Sue Ferguson Gussow, professor emerita at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

September 28

2023 Summer Study Abroad

Each summer, the Albert Nerken School of Engineering offers a 6–8-week study abroad experience to students in their second or third year at Cooper. This summer, nine students participated in our summer study abroad programs in Germany, Guatemala, Iceland, Singapore, and Spain.  

September 27

Columbia’s Generous Donations Bolster School of Engineering's Technological Arsenal

The Albert Nerken School of Engineering was gifted fabrication tools from Columbia University's closing Nevis Laboratories that was once home to the earliest cyclotrons ever built

September 21

Alumni Launch New Climate Affinity Group with Panel Discussion

The new alumni-led Cooper Union Climate Initiative (CUCI) hosted a "Careers in Climate" panel this month, focusing on professional paths for Cooper graduates to tackle the complex issues of climate change.

September 11

Dirk Martin Luchtenburg Named 2023 C.V. Starr Professor

September 08

William Villalongo Bridges Histories of Black Identity

Black Menagerie, on view through October 14, 2023, is Associate Professor William Villalongo's A'99 seventh solo exhibition at Susan Inglett Gallery

September 07

Coco Fusco Has First Major Retrospective in Berlin

September 05

Meet Ninad Pandit, Assistant Professor of History

The fifth installment in a series introducing several full-time faculty members who join Cooper this fall.

August 30

Two Professors of Mathematics Collaborated on a Publication Featured in the Journal Of Computational Neuroscience

August 28

Meet Victor Peterson II, Assistant Professor of Humanities

The fourth installment in a series introducing several full-time faculty members who join Cooper this fall.

August 28

Matthew Leach ME'24 and Prof. Alice Pisani Attended the Euclid Satellite Launch

Matthew Leach, a senior mechanical engineering student, and Alice Pisani, assistant professor of physics, attended the July launch in Florida

August 21

Meet Hejintao Huang, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

The third installment in a series introducing several full-time faculty members who join Cooper this fall.

August 15

Incoming 2023

Get to know a few of this year's newest Cooper community members.

August 14

Meet Lex Lancaster, Assistant Professor of Art History

The second installment in a series introducing several full-time faculty members who join Cooper this fall.

August 07

Biomedical Partnership Bolsters Real-World Connections

A mutually beneficial exchange between The Cooper Union and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has allowed students, faculty, and alumni to collaborate on groundbreaking biomedical research.

August 07

A New Center for Writing and Learning in the Library

Kit Nicholls, director of the Center for Writing and Learning, discusses the challenge posed by artificial intelligence, the value of writing an essay, and the Center's new home in the library.

August 07

Meet Jeong Eun Ahn, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

The first installment in a series introducing several full-time faculty members who join Cooper this fall.

August 03

Firelei Báez: Celebrated Artist and Alumna Returns to Cooper

Last fall, 14 students in the School of Art studied with the celebrated artist and alumna Firelei Báez thanks to the Alex Katz Chair in Painting.

August 03

Space for Renewal

Renovations to the Foundation Building façade, updates to the Cooper Union Library, a re-imagined Center for Writing and Learning, and other capital improvements have followed strategic initiatives to invest in the college’s physical spaces.

August 03

Assistant Professor Alice Pisani Co-Published in The Astronomy & Astrophysics Journal

August 03

Designs for the Future of Food

Through design, research, and collaboration, Cooper Union students, faculty, and alumni are taking on the real-world issue of food sustainability.

August 03

Animating Life During Lockdown

Conceived by alumna artist Meriem Bennani A’12 and filmmaker Orian Barki as an episodic social media series, 2 Lizards depicts the early months of the pandemic as it unfolded.

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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.”

  • 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.