All News 2016


December 14

Staff Art Show Opens at 41 Cooper Square Gallery

For the first time since 2009 members of the staff of The Cooper Union, a group of highly talented men and women who variously work as designers, administrators and technicians in shops and studios, saw their artistic works put on display

December 07

Message from Acting President Bill Mea

December 07

Exhibition Gives a Taste of What's Brewing at Cooper

This past Friday, December 2, a crowd of 75 students, faculty and alumni got a taste of something new brewing at Cooper

December 07

Invention Factory Winners Bring Ideas to Larger Audience

Recently, students from Invention Factory, The Cooper Union’s Invention Accelerator,  brought their inventions to a wider audience in a variety of ways.

November 28

Cooper to Cooper, Episode 3: Cooper's Archivists

The Cooper Union's three archivists—Alexander Tochilovsky, Carol Salomon and Steven Hillyer—describe some of their favorite objects from their collections

November 22

In The Great Hall, Mayor de Blasio Vows Resistance to Trump

November 20

Prof. Keene and EE Students Co-author Paper

Prof. Keene, professor of Electrical Engineering, and students Alex Serrano, EE'16 and Hetian Wu, EE'16, M.Eng.'18 co-author paper published in Renewable Energy Research and Applications Conference

November 15

Cooper in the Friendly Skies

A group of four designers from JetBlue Airways spent two days in the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design

November 09

The Cooper Union and Civic Discourse

November 08

Student Work Featured in Midtown Display

Work from Prof. Diane Lewis' fourth-year studio appears in the windows of Turnbull & Asser, the bespoke clothier

November 03

Bathroom Confidential

November 03

New Perspectives / Fresh Energy

Seven new full-time tenure-track faculty members across a variety of disciplines (and three more to come) reflect a commitment to The Cooper Union's current and future pedagogy not seen in many years

November 02

The Cooper Union and U.S. Presidential Elections

October 27

Mudslinging of Election Years Past Documented in Library Show

From now until November 8, the library offers some historical insight on this contentious election season with a new exhibition highlighting some of the library’s rich holdings related to the ever-colorful world of politicking.

October 26

President-Elect Laura Sparks Transition Plan Announced

Richard Lincer, chairman of the board of trustees, released the transition plan for President-Elect Laura Sparks on Thursday via email to the Cooper community

October 12

"WOUND" Offers Space for Collaboration

A conversation with Caroline Woolard A'07, about the exhibition / event space she co-curated in the 41 Cooper Square gallery

October 05

Prof. Wootton Joins NIH Grant Funded Project Team

Prof. Wootton will be an integral member of a project team studying and developing tools for combating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

October 05

Cooper to Cooper, Episode 2: Toy Talk

September 29

2016 Collegiate Inventors Competition Finalists

The Collegiate Inventors Competition has announces Mary Dwyer (ME'19) and Anushree Sreedhar (ChE'18) as finalists for their SEAL Fire Extinguishing Ball invention

September 29

Prof. Fontaine Participates in Webinar Panel

Prof. Fontaine is a panelist in a Webinar called "Made in America - Credentials to Support the Skilled Immigrant Workforce"

September 29

Michael Samuelian AR'95 Named to Top Governors Island Post

The Assistant Professor at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture has been elected President and CEO of the Governor's Island Trust, making him the director of New York City's newest major public park

September 29

Who Shot Sports: Talking with Curator Gail Buckland

Gail Buckland, the Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Visiting Professor in HSS, talks about how she curated "Who Shot Sports?" a photography exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum

September 28

Architecture Archive Awarded Grant

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive was awarded a federal grant to digitize its Student Work Collection

September 23

Cooper Union Admissions Remains Highly Competitive

The department of admissions releases data on the incoming class

September 22

Prof. Topper and Two Former Students Publish Nanoscience Research in ACS Journal

John J. Biswakarma BSE'15 and Vlad Ciocoi ChE'15, MEng'15 were seniors when the research was conducted

September 15

Prof. Yecko Awarded 2016 NSF RUI Grant

Philip Yecko, professor of physics, receives a collaborative NSF RUI grant titled "Three-Dimensional Multiphysics Simulation of Multi-phase Flows with Magnetic Fluids" by Computational Mathematics

September 14

New President Announced: Laura Sparks

Laura Sparks, executive director of the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia, has been elected president of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, effective January 4, 2017

September 14

Brian Swann's Remarkable Publishing Streak Continues

His Latest work, "Companions, Analogies" (Sheep Meadow Press) is his 12th book of poetry following hot on the heels of his 11th such collection, "St. Francis and the Flies" (Autumn House), released in the spring

September 08

Toward a More Perfect Union

Prof. Akhil Reed Amar talks about his free 10-session course on "The Constitution Today," how congressional deadlock will become a thing of history and why he thinks the political parties have "flipped"

September 01

Prof. Raja and Eliyahu Friedman (EE'16) Co-Author 2016 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC'16) Paper

Anita Raja, professor of computer science, and Eliyahu Friedman (EE'16) co-author IEEE 19th International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems paper

September 01

Cooper Students Explore Art World of Mexico City

This summer seven students participated in the first collaboration between the School of Art and SOMA, an organization founded to introduce young artists, curators and historians from around the world to the contemporary Mexican art world

August 29

An Inside Look at "Swiss Style Now" From the Curators

Alexander Tochilovsky A’00 and Xavier Erni talk about the upcoming graphic design exhibition opening in 41 Cooper Square Gallery on September 6

August 29

Incoming 2016 Part Three

In the last of our series on the newest students to arrive at The Cooper Union, we meet Brandy Vasquez, Gunnar Kortenbach and Gertrude Dabo

August 24

Meet the Deans: Nader Tehrani

One year after he began as dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, we discuss how it has been going, what goals he has in mind and why he foresees a wider focus for the school, while embracing its site-specific qualities

August 23

EE Graduate Student Co-authors Award Winning IEEE Paper

Max Howald (EE'16) co-authored a paper that received the Distinguished Student Paper Award at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy.

August 19

Prof. Raja and Two Cooper Undergraduates Co-author Machine Learning in Health Care Paper

Anita Raja, professor of computer science, and Cooper students Tom Koch and Alex Rybchuk co-author MLHC'16 paper titled "Using Kernal Methods and Model Selection for Prediction of Preterm Birth"

August 18

Incoming 2016 Part Two

In the second of our three-part series on the newest members of The Cooper Union student body, we meet Travis Moon, Risako Arcari and Elias Rodriguez

August 15

Incoming 2016 Part One

In this first of a three part series introducing the newest students to join The Cooper Union, we meet Sophie Schneider, Javier Blancas and Tammy Wei

August 11

Meet the Deans: Mike Essl

We sat down with the professor, co-plaintiff in the lawsuit that led to The Cooper Union's settlement with the attorney general and new acting dean of the School of Art for a chat about how he got where he is and what he would like to do while he helms the ship

August 03

Sue Gussow Scholarship Fund Announced

Members of school of architecture class of 1995 are working to raise an endowed scholarship named in honor of Sue Ferguson Gussow A'56, professor emerita, who taught drawing to generations of graduates of the school

August 03

Summer STEM Speakers Talk about Work World Challenges

July 28

Two ME Seniors Featured In Nautilus

Jackie Le and Matthew Palmer (ME'16) featured in a story about noise in NYC in a science magazine, Nautilus.

July 27

ME Professors and Grad Students to Present Six Papers at GRC'16 and ASME'16

Six papers co-authored by ME professors, Robert Dell and Chih-Shing (Stan) Wei, and ME grad students, William Foley, Nicholas Mitchell, and Anthony Edward Morris, are accepted to be published by ASME and GRC

July 12

2016 Invention Factory Winners Announced

Top prize for the fourth annual Invention Factory™competition went to Dongho Kim and John Yoon, both rising sophomores studying mechanical engineering.

July 11

Cooper in Top Ten of Money Mag's 2016 "Best Colleges"

For the third consecutive year, Cooper Union was named to Money magazine’s Best Colleges for delivering value and preparing students for graduation.

July 01

Free Education Committee Issues Status Update -- July 1, 2016

June 28

Alumni-Student Mentoring Program Offers Window on Work World

June 27

Cooper Union & Bowery Alliance Reveal Bowery History

A series of 64 posters called "Windows on the Bowery" designed by Cooper students and staff detail the history of that famed street go on view in windows starting on July 5. View the interactive map

June 11

Prof. Topper Speaks at 2016 MARM

Robert Topper, professor of chemistry, gives a talk at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society

June 10

Prof. Savizky Speaks at 2016 MARM

Ruben Savizky, professor of chemistry, gives two talks at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society

June 08

Prof. Delagrammatikas Hosts STEM Program for Middle School Students

June 08

Prof. Yecko Co-Authors Textbook

Philip Yecko, professor of physics, along with Oded Regev and Orkan Umurhan has co-authored a textbook in Fluid Dynamics titled "Modern Fluid Dynamics for Physics and Astrophysics” published by Springer Verlag in their 'Graduate Texts in Physics' series.

June 02

Prof. Raja Presents Poster at Collective Intelligence 2016

Anita Raja, Professor of Computer Science, presents her joint work with Columbia researchers on "Accurate Crowd-labeling using Item Response Theory" at the Collective Intelligence 2016 held at NYU Stern School of Business

June 01

Alumnus Tom La Porta (EE'86) Named Director at Penn State

Cooper alumni, Tom La Porta (EE'86) has become the director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Penn State after an international search.

June 01

Prof. Diane Lewis Celebrates Her Newest Book and 40th Reunion

We chat with Prof. Lewis about her book, her approach to architectural pedagogy and the tour she will lead for members of Reunion 2016

May 27

Commencement 2016: The Highlights

The weather may have been overcast and drizzling but inside The Great Hall things were bright and upbeat

May 25

Robot Sumo Event Featured in Scientific American, Vice & Ars Technica

The annual End of Year Show event showcases the work of Prof. Brian Cusack's mechatronics class. The student-built robots fight to stay inside the ring for 60 seconds

May 20

Prof. Mintchev Presents Paper at Biology and Medicine Through Mathematics (BAMM) Conference held in May 2017

Professor Stanislav Mintchev presents his work on   "Robust traveling waves in chains of simple neural oscillators" at the Biology and Medicine Through Mathematics (BAMM) Conference held in VCU, May 2017.

May 19

Fulbright Scholar Prof. Daniel Lepek Gives Open Air Lecture

Daniel Lepek, currently researching at IPPT for the summer term, is invited to give an open air lecture on particle technology.

May 17

Saskia Bos: The Valedictory Interview

The Dean of the School of Art will step down after seeing the class of 2016 graduate. We talk to her about her highs and lows as dean, as well as looking forward for the school and herself

May 16

President's Citations Announced for 2016 Commencement

At the 2016 commencement on May 24 John Leeper AR'85, William Morrison A'89 and Jason Banfelder ChE'93 & MChE'96 will receive a President's Citation, an honor not bestowed for several years

May 13

Senior Snapshots 2016: Albert Nerken School of Engineering

Devora Najjar, Peter Morfe, Jacqueline Le and Hailey Kim talk about their projects, their experiences and their future plans

May 09

Thesis Year Snapshots 2016

In the first installment of our annual series focusing on members of the graduating class, we meet Jemuel Joseph, Max Dowd and Cassandra Engstrom of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

May 06

Three EE Seniors Win $10K in "Dream it. Code it. Win it."

Eugene Sokolov, Harrison Zhao and Sheryan Resutov took home an ingenuity prize for a glove that works like a computer mouse

May 05

Prof. Raja Presents Paper at Naval Postgraduate School's 13th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium

Anita  Raja, Professor of computer science, presents paper titled "Modeling Uncertainty and Its Implications on Complex Interdependent Networks" coauthored with Mohammad Hasan (UNL), Rob Flowe (OSD-ATL), Brendan Fernes (Cooper Union) at the Naval Postgraduate School 13th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium

May 03

Senior Snapshots 2016: School of Art

Christian Charles, Willie Stewart and Olivia Drusin talk about their experiences at Cooper, what they plan to do after graduation and the ways that music informed their art

May 02

Denise Young Smith to Deliver 2016 Commencement Address

The Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources at Apple Inc. is responsible for recruiting and retaining talent. "I am honored to speak with these Cooper students about how we can all build a better future, together," she says

April 26

Ironworkers Give Students a Lesson in Heavy Metal

April 20

Meet the Deans: Richard Stock

After nearly one full year, the Acting Dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering chats about how it has been going, what he sees as his role at the school and how his particular skill set meshes so well with his temporary position

April 19

First-ever Professional Faculty Grants Encourage Adjunct Research

We focus in on the work of the eight grant recipients from Humanities and Social Sciences

April 18

Fever Pitch: This Crucial Moment In The Fight To Stop Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Patrick Robbins, former CUISD associate, co-authored with Kaitlin Butler "Fever Pitch: This Crucial Moment In The Fight To Stop Fossil Fuel Infrastructure", a comparative look at the anti-fossil fuel movement in both Utah and New York on Naomi Klein's blog "The Leap".

April 18

Engineering Professors Have Their "One Shining Moment"

Watch the video featuring highlights from engineering faculty discussing their research projects with only three minutes on the clock during Cooper's own version of "March Madness"

April 13

Cooper Union Wins Regional Steel Bridge Competition

The steel bridge team not only designed and constructed a bridge, but also fabricated all the pieces used in the competition. We talked with some of the members

April 06

Infrastructure and New York City's Water, NYT April 4

The New York Times and NY1 turned to Kevin Bone for his perspective on Mayor Bill DeBlasio's decision (or was it?) to postpone completion of New York City's third water tunnel

April 01

Prof. Dell Appears in Documentary: This House Matters

Professor Dell participated in a documentary film called This House Matters by Tina Traster

April 01

Prof. Mintchev Co-Authors "Wave Generation in Unindirectional Chains of Idealized Neural Oscillators"

Paper titled "Wave generation in unindirectional chains of idealized neural oscillators" co-authored by Professor Mintchev and B. Fernandez published in The Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience, vol 6:5.

April 01

Zaha Hadid 1950-2016

March 30

Poets, Musicians, Scientists, Architects and Educators Celebrate "Our Common Home"

Organized as a response to Pope Francis' environmental encyclical "Laudato Si," over 500 guests cultivated a positive atmosphere of engaging dialogue, profound photography and creative performance

March 29

De-gendered Restrooms Attract International Attention

Following a decision by Acting President Bill Mea to remove gender-specific signage on all restrooms at The Cooper Union academic buildings, the U.S. edition of "The Guardian" calls the move "pioneering"

March 24

Prof. Dell Attends Atlantic Roundtable Working Summit on Energy

The Atlantic Roundtable Working Summit on Energy hosted by the Atlantic Magazine discusses the supply and demand, new technology and changing nature of urban energy consumption

March 22

New Scholarships for High School Students to Attend Summer Art Program

March 21

Summer Challenge Fellowship: LAND-USE

As the second year of the Institute’s fellowship competition, we call for project proposals that focus on the relationships between the earth’s biological systems and human activities such as agriculture, deforestation, urbanization, and resource extraction.

March 18

Prof. Synnott Speaks at Eastern Economic Association

March 14

Houston Alumni Meet with Cooper President, Dean and Staff

Acting President Bill Mea and Acting Dean of The Albert Nerken School of Engineering, Dr. Richard Stock, visited the ExxonMobil Houston Campus on Thursday, March 3 for a luncheon with Cooper alumni working for the company

March 11

Cooper 'Construction Crew' Writes Book about Architectural Materials

March 09

Blurring the Edges of Photography: Art Alumnae Featured in Guggenheim Show

A conversation with Leslie Hewitt '00 and Sara VanDerBeek '98 about how sculptural strategies inform their photography

March 01

Prof. Yecko Co-Authors Paper in Computer Physics Communications

Philip Yecko, professor of physics, co-authors paper titled "Vofi — A library to initialize the volume fraction scalar field" in Computer Physics Communications, Vol 200, 291-299

February 26

Kevin Bone Presents at WATER+

The University of Manitoba's WATER+ conference on February 26th posited emerging relationships between human and natural systems with specific reference to water as an activating agent

February 26

Brian Swann's Eleventh Collection Wins Poetry Award

Brian Swann's eleventh poetry collection, St. Francis and the Flies (Autumn House), has been awarded the 2015 Autumn House Poetry Prize

February 25

David Wootton Awarded C.V. Starr Distinguished Professorship

The award was established by The Starr Foundation, which has made more than $3.3 billion in grants since its start in 1955

February 24

The Lubalin Center Launches a Virtual Flat File

The Herb Lubalin Study Center has launched a new website, Flat File, that will showcase singular works of graphic design from its collection on a weekly basis

February 23

Dean Tehrani's Firm Wins Two Awards from Boston Society of Architects

February 22

Prof. Osinski's New Book Gains Media Attention

"Summer Days: Staten Island," Prof. Christine Osinski's new book of photographs taken in "the forgotten borough," has gotten national and international media attention

February 18

From the Lab Spring 2016: A Video

A two-minute video about the Spring 2016 "From the Lab" event

February 18

School of Engineering Launches "From the Lab"

"From the Lab" Engineering Series highlighting interdisciplinary research launched with Bioengineering as the inaugural theme.

February 18

Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Summary and Projections to FY20 Released

Bill Mea, vice president of finance & administration and acting president of The Cooper Union, releases his analysis of The Cooper Union’s financial condition, both in terms of its liquidity and the gap that must be bridged in order to cease reliance on tuition revenue.

February 10

In Conversation: Raffaele Bedarida & Jim Coddington, Chief Conservator of MoMA

On February 18 at 1.30 p.m. Raffaele Bedarida will have a free, public conversation with Jim Coddington, chief conservator of MoMA, about restoring the works of Jackson Pollack

February 08

In Memory of Prof. Manolis Kondopirakis

February 08

Diller and Scofidio Speak to Cooper's Architecture Students

February 07

Construction Matters Book Launch

A book launch for Construction Matters, by School of Architecture Associate Professor Georg Windeck.

February 01

Prof. Baglione & Grad Student Michael Pimpinella Co-Author Published Paper

Professor Baglione and graduate student Michael Pimpinella are co-authors on a journal publication titled “The Use of Sound Level Meter Apps in the Clinical Setting” in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Vol. 25, 14-28.

January 28

Breaking Barriers for New York City High School Students

George Delagrammatikas, director of STEM outreach programs at The Cooper Union talks with Marina Gutierrez, director of the Saturday Program, in the first of a series we are calling "Cooper to Cooper: Conversations Across Disciplines"

January 27

Behind the 2016 Menschel Exhibitiion

Menschel Fellowship Program Director Sohnya Sayres gives her thoughts on the 19th annual showcase of student projects in art, architecture, design, and engineering

January 27

Memorial to Jan Palach, Designed by John Hejduk, Unveiled in Prague

Dedication ceremony for Jan Palach Memorial, designed by John Hejduk (AR '50), founding dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture.

January 26

Architectural Fun-damentals

"Architecture in Play," Professor Tamar Zinguer's new book, examines four key toys from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries that embodied architectural notions of construction and manipulating form

January 25

Giving Back to the Future

The story behind the Howard Flagg Memorial Prize, a newly endowed award from former graduates to soon-to-graduate current students

January 20

Photo Gallery: STEM Days

Several Cooper engineering students returned to class earlier than expected when they served as instructors during two STEM days for high school students during the winter break

January 15

A Message on Behalf of the Free Education Committee -- Jan. 15, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Free Education Committee (“FEC”) of The Cooper Union Board of Trustees held its first meeting on January 12...

January 06

In Memory of Eugenie "Ersy" Schwartz

January 05

Art to Disrupt the Art Economy

Caroline Woolard A'07 uses her practice to imagine a new economic and political paradigm for artists and others

  • 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.