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

June 01, 2016

Cooper Alumnus Tom La Porta (EE'86), the William E. Leonhard Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State, has been appointed as the Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) starting June 1, 2016.
The Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department Computer Science at Penn State merged in Spring 2015 to create a School of Engineering.

  • 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.