All News 2018


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 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

For her "day job," Emmy Mikelson is Coordinator for Student Exhibitions and Special Projects in the School of Art. This Friday, December 8, she and artist Charlotte Becket will exhibit their own work at CultureHub in the East Village. Their piece, a multimedia work entitled, Displaced Plan, creates an immersive environment of sound and color that blurs the line between physical and digital space.

We talked to the artists about Displaced Plan, their first collaboration. The interview follows below.

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1.How did you come to create Displaced Plan?

We’ve had an ongoing discussion about our artwork for several years. Many of the ideas overlap and build on each other, consciously or not. Often people come to our studios and point out the ways that our work is in dialogue that we may not have been aware of. In the past, we’ve both enjoyed collaborating with other artists. After imagining how to combine our work, we submitted proposals and were awarded two experimental media residencies at Signal Culture in Owego, NY and CultureHub at La MaMa Gallery in NYC. Through a process of experimentation and investigation of technologies new to both of our practices, Displaced Plan evolved.

2. Please describe how you made the piece. 

The project is a large-scale interactive installation using kinetic sculptural forms and projected video that layers digital and physical space. The physical space consists of a flexing projection screen and interactive sculptural interfaces. These forms (the screen and the sculptures) take their formal compositional ques from low-poly digital 3D rendering. In this way, there is explicitly a shared language between digital and physical forms. The physical forms in the space were constructed using wood, foam core, and Tyvek. Viewers are invited to move the sculptural forms by turning them. In doing so, participants are able to “draw” shapes onto the installation to reveal and conceal the video. This interactivity is achieved through Arduino microcontrollers and the program Processing. This software allows you to design and code a custom drawing application, among many other possibilities.

3. Emmy, you edited a book on nonanthropocentrism. Does that philosophy inform “Displaced Plan”?

Non-anthropocentrism is an influential topic for my work. This idea seeks to question and antagonize the centrality of the human subject. The goal is to give equal consideration to a diverse set of subjects, such as animals, ecological conditions, objects, and so on. I have used this strategy of avoiding the human subject to develop a body of art work that explores microbial landscapes, architectonic spaces, and dense forest ecosystems. These same ideas help structure the video I shot and edited for the Displaced Plan project. The footage for the video is from tanks I keep in my studio where a grow bacteria in an aquatic environment. I mix pigments and mica powders into the tanks to create the imagery. The imagery is a 30-minute video on a loop using 3 projections to cover the surface of the sculpture.

4. Displaced Plan is based on natural phenomena, such as Fingal’s Cave in Scotland and Death Valley. Did those places have a similar emotional resonance to you that you’re trying to impart to viewers  or do moods shift within the work?

Both our individual art practices take inspiration from naturally occurring, though not always clearly understood, geological phenomena. Beautiful and terrifying giant “blue holes;” Fingal’s Cave in Scotland; Planctae, the wandering rocks of Death Valley that are named after the monstrous rocks of Homer’s Odyssey; and La Mancha Negra, the mysterious oil-like black stain found in Venezuela. They are reminders of the vastness of geologic time compared to a human timescale and provoke a sense of curiosity.

5. Is there an audio component? 

The audio is a key component to the project. All of the sound is created in the studio using a recorder and analogue synthesizer. It loops with the video and is synced to the imagery creating a soundscape for the installation.

6. Can you speak to the tension and/or affinities between using digital technologies to make art about natural landscapes? I’m imagining that’s something you both think about a lot.

In this work we aimed to create mirage-like hybrids as a metaphor for understanding and making sense of coexistent realities (such as digital and physical space). The composite view created through layering physical and digital space embraces the condition of both near and far, the tangible and the mirage, the landscape and the hallucination.


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"

October 19

Multiple Healthcare-Focused Student Works Win Prizes

Seniors Giovanni Sanchez and Ruchi Patel, and junior Simon Shao all took home cash awards for innovative solutions in one weekend

October 13

Studio Libeskind Designs Canada’s First National Monument Dedicated to the Holocaust

October 12

2017 Profile of First-Year Students

October 11

Prof. Luchtenburg Chairs Session and Graduate Student David Shekhtman Presents Research at ASME DSCC 2017 Conference

Prof. Luchtenburg, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, chairs a session at the ASME 2017 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC) held in Tysons, VA, on October 11, 2017, where his graduate student, David Shekhtman, will present his research.

October 11

Now You See It...

William Germano, professor and author of the recent book Eye Chart, reflects on an object that started as a diagnostic tool but became cultural meme

October 05

$100K Innovation Prize Awarded to Former Invention Factory Winner

TrioCup, a to-go coffee cup with an origami-style no-spill lid first developed by two Cooper Union students in the 2015 Invention Factory has won $100,000 as part of the New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize

October 04

Tyme Kiosk by Situ Studio Pops Up in Times Square

October 03

Adriana Farmiga Named Assistant Dean

Adriana Farmiga A’96,who has taught at the School of Art since 2011, has been appointed Assistant Dean at the school. Also: an interview about her latest work

October 01

Prof. Dell Presents Paper at 2017 GRC Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah

Professor Robert Dell presented a paper about a 3G security camera network using a thermoelectric generator fueled by a geothermal steam pipe.


September 28

School of Architecture Students and Faculty Participate in IdeasCity 2017

Led by Assistant Professor Lorena Del Rio, groups of student volunteers fabricated segments of a design for a stepped seating environment that, when fully assembled, is circular in plan

September 27

Week One: Jenna Scott CE'21

We followed the freshman civil engineering student through her first week classes at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering to better understand what one might encounter

September 25

Prof. Topper Co-Authors Publication on Machine Learning in Chemistry

Professor Topper, working with a team of researchers led by NYU Professor Mark Tuckerman, has contributed to a paper in the Physical Review Letters journal.

September 21

Professor Cataldo Co-Authors Journal Paper on Green Roof Thermal Buffering

Professor Cataldo Co-Authors Journal Paper on Green Roof Thermal Buffering.

September 19

Week One: Vyczie Dorado-Lopez A'21

We followed Vyczie through all of her classes in her first week at The School of Art to better understand what the experience is like

September 19

"Depero Futurista" Arrives

A rare 1927 art book by the Italian Futurist Fortunato Depero has been successfully reprinted in a near-perfect facsimile edition thanks to the efforts of HSS professor Raffael Bedarida

September 15

Week One: Ezekiel Binns AR'22

To better learn what it is like to start your life as a student of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, we followed one around for one week, attending every class

September 14

Week One: Introduction

Our introduction to a web series that follows three arriving students, one from each school, through their first full week of classes

August 31

Incoming 2017: Part Three

The last part part of our annual series asks some of Cooper's newest students tell us where they came from, how they found Cooper Union, what they are looking forward to doing here and what they have been up to during the summer

August 30

Invention Factory 2017 Winners Announced

Sara Huang BSE’19 and Keti Vaso ChE’19 take home the $5000 first prize in the fifth annual student contest

August 29

Professor Billie Faircloth to Receive 2017 Women in Architecture Award

August 29

Incoming 2017: Part Two

The second of our three-part series where Cooper's newest students tell us where they came from, how they found Cooper Union, what they are looking forward to doing here and what they have been up to during the summer

August 24

Incoming 2017: Part One

Every year we ask some arriving students about where they came from, how they found Cooper Union, what they are looking forward to doing here and what they have been up to during the summer. Here is the first of three parts

August 01

Cooper Union Featured in Multiple 2017/18 "Best" Lists

The Princeton Review, U.S. News and Fiske all rate The Cooper Union high

July 31

Unsung Experts: Cooper Techs

The students, faculty, and staff of The Cooper Union rely on the assistance of a group of largely unsung experts: lab, studio, and shop technicians. We sat down with four of them who are practicing artists to talk about their work both inside and outside The Cooper Union

July 27

Art School Superhero

A chat with Patty Jenkins A'93, director of the blockbuster "Wonder Woman"

July 26

Keeping Cooper in Stitches

July 17

In Memoriam: Adrian Burton Jovanovic

Remembering the engineering alumnus and member of the Board of Trustees

July 13

Never Boring

Mary Mann, from the Center for Writing, wants to get you excited about boredom through her new book, "Yawn"

July 10

Lucy Raven, For One Night Only at the Guggenheim

On July 18 at 6:30 the assistant professor in the School of Art will perform her work, "Subterrestrial Cinema"

June 19

2017 Graham Foundation Grantees Include Catherine Seavitt Nordenson and Tulay Atak

June 15

Michael Morris to Lead Design of Deep Space Habitations for NASA

Tackling the design of systems and technologies that can sustain “an extended human presence beyond Earth’s orbit”

June 05

David Wootton Awarded Research Fulbright

June 05

Anthony Tung Recalls Professor Leo S. Kaplan

June 05

In Memoriam: Leo S. Kaplan

The Professor Emeritus of Social and Behavioral Sciences taught generations of Cooper Union students

June 01

Tom Koch EE'18 Receives 2017 Tau Beta Pi Scholarship

Tau Beta Pi awards scholarships on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and the promise of substantial contributions to the engineering profession

June 01

Engineering Student Projects 2017

A round-up of the student research presented at the annual end of year show

May 30

Prof. George Delagrammatikas Named LaSalle Academy's 2017 Educator of the Year

May 30

"QuickStitch: The Single Squeeze Stitcher" Chosen as Finalist in MGH's "Ambulatory Practice of the Future" Competition

May 30

Tiffany Tang ChE'16 Receives NSF 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship

May 23

Prof. Raja Co-authors Doctor's Tablet Blog

Professor Raja and Dr. Meredith Hawkins from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine co-authored a blog on The Doctor's Tablet about a Fall 2016 EID 101 project

May 22

Prof. Mintchev Presents Paper at SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems (SIAM DS17) in May 2017

Professor Mintchev presents paper titled "Generation of Stable Traveling Waves in Unidirectional Chains of Idealized Neural Oscillators" at the 2017 SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems (SIAM DS17) held in Snowbird, Utah.

May 19

Senior Snapshots 2017: School of Art

In the final part of our series speaking with members of the graduating class of 2017 we turn our attentions to three seniors from the School of Art. Meet Jasper Marsalis, Emma Faith Hill and Pedram Sazesh

May 19

2017 President's Citations Announced

The recipients of the 2017 President's Citation, awarded to alumni who have made important contributions to art, architecture, engineering or interdisciplinary studies, have been announced. This year's recipients will be Bruce Degen A'66, Professor Diane H. Lewis AR'76 (posthumously) and Nina Tandon EE'01. The President's Citations are handed out during commencement, on May 25.

May 15

Thesis-Year Snapshots 2017

In the second of our annual series on members of the year's graduating class we turn our attentions to the fifth year students of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. Meet Stephanie Restrepo, Aimilios Davlantis Lo and Piao Liu.

May 08

Senior Snapshots 2017: the Albert Nerken School of Engineering

Meet five soon-to-be-graduates: Grace Li ChE'17, Eliezer Lerea EE'17, Yeeho Song ME'17, Andrew Keane CE'17 and Jisoo Park BSE'17

May 08

ASCE Student Chapter Receives Distinguished Chapter Award

May 07

Diane Lewis Memorial

May 03

Steel Bridge Team Takes First Place in the Regionals

Watch the team build the whole thing in under seven minutes!

May 02

In Memoriam: Professor Diane Lewis

A letter from Nader Tehrani, Dean, remembering School of Architecture faculty member Diane Lewis

  • 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.