All News 2015


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 2015 IEEE/WIC/ACM Intelligent Agent Technology (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

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 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 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 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 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

August 31

Incoming 2015: Part Two

In the second installment of our weekly series focusing on new arrivals we meet Kayla Montes de Oca, "Olu" Olorode and Kiersten Mercado

August 26

Alexander Tochilovsky Decodes the "Secret Language of Signs"

Alexander Tochilovsky A'00, curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography gives a video tour of Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood signage and what it all means

August 26

Prof. Cataldo Discusses Green Roof Research on NY1

Joseph Cataldo, professor of civil engineering who has taught at The Cooper Union for 40 years, appeared on the New York cable news channel to discuss his research on the Javits Center green roof

August 24

Incoming 2015: Part One

The first of a series looking at members of the incoming class of 2015. Included in part one: Matt Cebulski, Mary Dwyer and Asante Mills

August 10

A New Way to Read the Streets

In a demonstration of unity and ambition, students, alumni, faculty and staff from all three schools at The Cooper Union worked together on "Tactile City," a proposal to New York City's Department of Design and Construction that would make the sidewalks more navigable for the visually impaired

July 30

Women in STEM Panel Addresses Young Audience

Five women working in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math appeared on stage in The Great Hall as part of the Summer STEM program aimed at local high school students

July 30

Forbes Names Cooper Union the "Most Entrepreneurial" College in U.S.

The financial news magazine rates colleges based on the percentage of "founders and owners" of businesses among all alumni, more even than even Stanford or MIT

July 28

School of Architecture Alumni and Dean Included in "30 Years of Emerging Voices"

The awardees spanning the thirty year history include 23 School of Architecture Alumni and Dean Nader Tehrani.

July 27

Twenty-First Century Choices: Identifying Strategies for a Sustainable World

The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design launches blog on current issues of sustainability.

July 21

SutureSelf Takes Top Prize at the 2015 Invention Factory

A hand-held, disposable suturing device took home top honors by a distinguished panel of judges at the conclusion of the third annual Invention Factory showcase

July 20

Cooper in Top Ten of Money Mag's 2015 "Best Colleges"

For the second year in row The Cooper Union has ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's list of "best value" colleges in the U.S.

July 09

S.U.R.F.'s Up This Summer

Inside the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) where five students have been selected to focus on their own bioengineering projects when the labs might otherwise be dark

July 01

Prof. Yecko Receives 2015 NSF CMMI Grant

Philip Yecko, professor of physics, receives a collaborative NSF CMMI grant titled "Improved Vehicle Autonomy in Geophysical Flows" by Dynamics, Control & System Diagnostics program

July 01

Nader Tehrani Named Dean

A professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tehrani has been appointed dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture beginning in July

June 25

"Margaret Morton: A Retrospective" Opens

Margaret Morton, professor in the School of Art, has a solo survey of her past 25-years-worth of photographic work open at Leica Gallery, around the corner from The Cooper Union

June 16

Cooper Union Elevator Featured on FOX 5 News

A spot on the origins of passenger elevator focuses on the Foundation Building and features an interview with Elizabeth O'Donnell, acting dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

June 09

Just Your Type

Inside "Typographics," a 10-day festival of lectures, workshops and tours exploring developments in typography, hosted by The Cooper Union

June 08

Admissions Numbers Announced for 2015

The preparation and talent of the new class continue to meet Cooper’s very high standards

May 29

"Mad Men" Finale Ends On a Cooper Union Note

The "Mad Men" finale featured the iconic "Hilltop" Coke commercial. Harvey Gabor A'55, the man who actually created it, gives us the real story on its making

May 29

Highlights from Commencement 2015

The memorable moments of the 156th commencement ceremony

May 20

Albert Nerken School of Engineering: Senior Snapshots 2015

David Katz, Jackie Song, Osaze Udeagbala and Quinee Quintana talk about where they came from, what they worked on in their final year, and where they are headed next

May 19

Senior Snapshots 2015: The School of Art

Stephen Gurtowski, Elzie Williams, Maria Rodriguez-Jimenez and Omari Douglin talk about how they got here, what they focused on in their senior presentations, and where they are headed next

May 18

Thesis Year Snapshots: 2015

Three graduating students of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture -- Arta Perezic, Dustin Atlas and J.A. Alonzo -- discuss their thesis year proposals and what's next

May 14

Harrison Cullen, Engineering Senior, Chosen as 2015 Student Speaker for Commencement

He plans to address the importance of unity among members of The Cooper Union in forging a vision for its future

May 11

Three Cooper Grads Receive 2015 Fulbright Grants

The 2015 recipients include Daniel Lepek ChE’04, associate professor of chemical engineering, Amanda Machnik A’15 and Jasmine Stein A’13

May 04

A Foundational Commitment Continues

The Retraining Program for Immigrant Engineers carries on Peter Cooper's vision, providing free classes to highly skilled yet struggling New Yorkers

April 27

Christine Osinski Receives Inaugural Pollock-Krasner Photography Grant

A faculty member of the School of Art for over 30 years, Prof. Osinski will use the award to produce a book of photographs she took when she started teaching

April 23

CUISD Seeks Intern for GIS and Graphic Work

April 22

Prof. Diana Agrest Featured on NPR As One of "50 Great Teachers"

The April 21 broadcast on "All Things Considered" focuses on Prof. Agrest's sometimes surprising methods for approaching the study of architecture

April 21

A Dual Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum for Piotr Uklanski A'95

Two related shows share the title "Fatal Attraction"

April 17

Type@Cooper 2015 Lectures Made Available Online

The first four lectures of the 2015 Herb Lubalin Lecture Series on the history and practice of typeface design have been made available on the Internet

April 17

Shirley Jaffe A'45 Has Solo Gallery Show & NY Times Spotlight at Age 91

Featured in the Friday April 17 edition of the New York Times, Ms. Jaffe continues a lifetime of artistic practice with a solo exhibition in New York's Tibor de Nagy Gallery until May 2

April 07

Milton Glaser to Deliver 2015 Commencement Address

April 07

Visualizing Climate Change Call for Proposals 2015

In its inaugural year, The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design's student fellowship competition will take the theme of Visualizing Climate Change.

April 02

Not So Far Away

"Three Views of Oman," an international exhibition making its U.S. debut in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery until April 25, is meant to bridge cultures through photography. We took a tour with the curator

April 01

Prof. Lepek Awarded Ray W. Fahien Award

Professor Daniel Lepek is the recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education 2015 Ray W. Fahien Award for outstanding teaching effectiveness and educational scholarship

March 30

Professor Diane Lewis to Participate on Frederick Kiesler Panel at ACFNY

Diane Lewis is a panelist for Display of the Centuries: Frederick Kiesler and Contemporary Art held at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

March 30

Making Summer Plans at The Cooper Union

Two new summer programs will join the existing three to be offered to high school and undergraduate students in 2015. We look in on each

March 26

Tiffiniy Cheng Tastes Victory

The 2002 BSE graduate was a key player in a hard-fought and ultimately successful campaign to preserve “net neutrality”

March 17

Casey Walker and His "Last Days in Shanghai"

The adjunct professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences talks about his recently published first novel, an exploration of modern China, that has received critial acclaim from The New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement and others

March 17

Prof. Alan Wolf Featured on Fox News for "Pi Day"

Fox 5 local news interviewed Alan Wolf, professor of physics, for a light-hearted segment on the once-a-century moment when the date and time match the value of Pi

March 12

Prof. Diane Lewis and Assistant Prof. Michael Samuelian Participate in AIA-NY Panel Discussion

The panel discussion Big Dreams: AIANY Global Dialogues will be held on March 18 at the Center for Architecture. Diane Lewis will moderate the discussion and Michael Samuelian will participate on the panel.

March 01

Prof. Wolf's Paper in Chaos Theory Continues to be Widely Cited

Professor Alan Wolf's classic paper in Chaos Theory continues to be widely cited - 6000+ citations and counting! Wolf, A., Swift, J. B., Swinney, H. L., & Vastano, J. A. (1985). Determining Lyapunov exponents from a time series. Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, 16(3), 285-317

March 01

Professor Diana Agrest and Alumni Honored by The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation

The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) has announced the winners of its Built by Women New York City (BxW NYC) competition. An exhibition of the selected works will be held at The Center for Architecture opening March 2, 2015

February 25

Four Student Inventions Selected for Further Development

Four inventions created and prototyped by Cooper Union engineering students have been chosen to be further developed by Quirky, a company that refines and markets new inventions

February 18

Prof. Raja Co-Authors 2015 AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence Paper

Professor Anita Raja co-author  paper "Fast Convention in Dynamic Networks using Topological Knowledge", published in AAAI-15, a tier 1 conference in Computer Science.

February 13

Prof. Sidebotham Authors "Heat Transfer Modeling: An Inductive Approach"

Professor Daniel Sidebotham authors textbook "Heat Transfer Modeling: An Inductive Approach" published by Springer.

February 10

Cities of the Dead exhibition on view through February 28

Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan. Traveling in Kyrgyzstan, photographer Margaret Morton became captivated by the otherworldly grandeur of these cemeteries.

February 10

Menschel Fellows Exhibition on view through February 21

This year’s Menschel Exhibition reflects the work of eleven Benjamin Menschel Fellows from the largest pool of proposals to date.

February 09

Margaret Morton's Elegiac Photos Capture a Crumbling Culture

"Cities of the Dead," an exhibition open to the public until February 28, takes the viewer to the mirage-like cemeteries of Central Asia. Professor Morton took us on a tour of the gallery, sharing the stories behind her favorite images

February 03

Cooper Union Ranked #1 "College That Pays You Back" by Princeton Review

The Cooper Union ranks ahead of every other public and private higher-educational institution according to The Princeton Review's latest guidebook focused on concerns over paying for college and gaining well-paying employment after graduation

January 26

Marek Bartelik: From Civil Engineer to Art Critic

The President of the International Association of Art Critics and 20-year member of The Cooper Union faculty of humanities and social sciences returns to teach after a three-year hiatus. We talked with him about his history and the place of art criticism in the world today

January 20

Matthew Tanteri A'84 Teaches the Art and Science of Daylighting

During the Spring the Department of Continuing Education will offer its first online course in five years. The topic, "Daylighting and Codes," focusing on the uses of daylight to illuminate buildings, will be taught by a graduate of The Cooper Union, Matthew Tanteri A'84

January 15

Prof. Dell Designated DOE SBIR/STTR Technical Consultant

January 09

Prof. Raja Speaks at IIT Madras

Professor Anita Raja gives a talk about "Coordinating Actions Across Agent Boundaries" at IIT Madras, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

January 05

Invention Factory Featured on Cable News

Time Warner Cable has profiled the six-week program as part of its broadcast and online series "It Ain't Rocket Science"

January 01

Prof. Mintchev Co-Authors "Stability of a Family of Travelling Wave Solutions in a Feedforward Chain of Phase Oscillators"

Professor Stanislav Mintchev co-authors a journal paper on feedforward chains: Lanford III, O.E. and Mintchev, S.M. Stability of a family of traveling wave solutions in a feedforward chain of phase oscillators. Nonlinearity 28: 237-261, 2015.

  • 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.