Faculty News 2020


September 02

Two Cooper Engineering Faculty Retire

Faculty: Alan N. Wolf, Leonid Vulakh

August 17

Professor Ruben Savizky Accepts Position as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Faculty: Ruben Savizky

July 12

Virtual TypeLab Draws Huge International Audience

The hands-on workshop section of the annual Typographics festival, moved into a virtual space for this year’s conference with spectacular results

Faculty: Cara Di Edwardo, Alexander Tochilovsky, Mark Rossi

July 01

In Memoriam: Margaret Morton

The activist photographer, author, designer and professor in the School of Art for 40 years passed away unexpectedly in New York City on June 27, 2020

June 29

In Remembrance: Jean Le Mée

The professor of mechanical engineering emeritus passed away on June 28, 2020

June 29

In Memoriam: Milton Glaser A'51

The Cooper Union mourns the passing a Trustee Emeritus, former faculty member, a 1951 graduate of Cooper’s School of Art, and a giant of graphic design

June 11

New Faculty Portraits

May 04

Experiencing History

Archives and Special Collections hopes to capture and preserve the day-to-day experiences of our community

Faculty: Katie Blumenkrantz

April 24

COVID-19 Compiler Transforms Pandemic Data

At a moment where “pivoting” has become the byword for many small businesses, Topos, a company co-founded by Will Shapiro AR’13 that is focused on transforming the understanding of cities using Artificial Intelligence, has gone from being totally devastated  by the COVID-19 crisis to parsing the pandemic data for the public good

Faculty: Will Shapiro

April 21

Intra-Disciplinary Seminar Moves Online

The Intra-Disciplinary Seminar, a course with a twenty-year history that exposes students—as well as the public—to some of the most important current voices in the arts, sciences, activism, curation, and critical theory continues thanks to professors, students, and alumni

Faculty: Leslie Hewitt, Omar Berrada

April 16

Prof. Robert Topper co-authors Paper in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B

Faculty: Robert Q Topper

April 08

Guggenheim Fellowship Awarded to Associate Professor Leslie Hewitt

School of Art Associate Professor Leslie Hewitt selected as 2020 Guggenheim Fellow

Faculty: Leslie Hewitt

April 03

Prof. Martin Lawless Co-authors Paper in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

Faculty: Martin Lawless

April 01

Chemical Engineering Faculty Explores Online Teaching Methods

Like professors across the school, faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering is experimenting with ways to bring courses into the virtual classroom

Faculty: Benjamin J. Davis, Daniel H. Lepek, Amanda Simson, Jennifer Weiser

March 05

Prof. Robert Dell Presents at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Faculty: Robert Dell

March 03

Academic Promotion of Professors Davis, Keene, and Lima

Faculty: Eric Lima, Sam Keene, Benjamin J. Davis

February 12

2019 Shenzhen Biennale Features Cooper Students' Work

A project developed by an interdisciplinary group of Cooper students last spring has made its way into the Shenzhen 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture, held in northeastern China, though it almost didn't make it there due to its perceived potential political ramifications

Faculty: Sam Keene, Benjamin Aranda

February 11

Cooper Students and Faculty Attend AIChE Annual Student Conference

Faculty: Daniel H. Lepek, Amanda Simson, Benjamin J. Davis, Jennifer Weiser

January 28

Meet the Deans: Anne Griffin & Nada Ayad

Change has been happening in the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences. A chat with new acting dean and assistant dean

Faculty: Anne Griffin, Nada Ayad

January 24

Professor Robert Dell in Two Published Books and MIT Special Collections

Faculty: Robert Dell

January 17

Mid-Century Sculptor Costantino Nivola Subject of Houghton Exhibition

An artist whose works bridge sculpture and architecture gets a reexamination

Faculty: Steven Hillyer


December 12

Material Matters

How second-year architecture students got their sculptural works displayed in New York and France

Faculty: Julian Palacio

December 12

Climate Week x Cooper

A student-organized series of events aimed to raise the consciousness of the school community about the urgency of the climate crisis

Faculty: Amanda Simson

December 12

New Faculty in 2019

Academic search committees across The Cooper Union have been busy over the last year working to identify leading candidates to fill several full-time faculty positions

Faculty: Loujaina Abdelwahed , Fia Backström, Coco Fusco, Cristobal Lehyt, Doug Ashford, Nora Akawi, Lydia Kallipoliti, Anne Griffin, Nada Ayad, Hayley Eber, Lisa A. Shay

December 12

Engineering with a Conscience

At the intersection of ethics, engineering, architecture, and art

Faculty: Sam Keene, Sohnya Sayres, Barry L. Shoop, Anne Griffin

December 12

Prof. Robert Topper Presents Lecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology

Faculty: Robert Q Topper

December 02

Prof. Luchtenburg and Three Mechanical Engineering Students Co-author “Modelling the Motion of a 2-Arm ROV”

Mechanical engineering students Zhiyang (Sam) Chen ME’21, Rose Gebhardt ME’21, Christopher (Chris) Mignano ME’21, and Professor Dirk Luchtenburg teamed up with students from the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and Professor Thomas Impelluso to co-author Modelling the Motion of a 2-Arm Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).

Faculty: Dirk Martin Luchtenburg, Dirk Luchtenburg

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  • 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.