Prof. Dell Gives Talk at Keilir Atlantic Center of Excellence

November 10, 2015

Keilir Visiting Scientist Robert Dell has developed an award winning controllable geothermal heated gardens similar to Iceland's heated sidewalks. It has produced enhanced outdoor harvestable crops of tomatoes, zucchinis, turnips, and oregano at the Agricultural University of Iceland in Hveragerdi. A similar project at the Keilir Institute of Technology has also confirmed the survival of plants that normally do not live in outside in Iceland. In New York City this system uses waste heat on green roofs that created a small cotton harvest. Keilir students are needed to help develop this new technology for commercial agriculture applications in Iceland.

  • 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.