Mary Dwyer

Mary Dwyer is a senior in the mechanical engineering department. She became a member of the Board in the spring of 2017. 

Mary joined the Cooper community as a high school senior, graduating high school early so that she could participate in Invention Factory. She and her team went on to win second prize for their invention, the SEAL Fire Extinguishing Ball. Afterwards they received a grant from Venturwell that they used to patent their invention, and were honored as MIT-Lemelson and Collegiate Invention Competition finalists. With these honors, Mary was able to travel the country to present her invention. During that time, she found herself talking more about Cooper Union than her invention. Inspired by an institution that represented radicalism, hard work, and equal opportunity, Mary began to channel her energy toward transforming those ideals into action on campus.

During her time at Cooper, Mary designed a class about higher education policy in the United States that over 20 students participated in, mentored underclassmen as a Resident Assistant, created a partnership with ConsenSys that resulted in job opportunities for students from each school, wrote for the school paper, and played on the basketball team.

Mary loves connecting with students, learning from them, and making sure the lessons she learns are translated effectively to the Board. Mary is incredibly grateful to Cooper Union for all that it has given her, and works toward giving back while learning as much as possible along the way. Mary believes that the challenges Cooper faces are very similar to those of our country. She hopes that confronting Cooper’s social, political, and economic challenges will prepare her to solve the problems our country will face in the 21st century. 

Mary’s interests include US history, blockchains, 20th Century literature, her family, and good music. Feel free to email her.

  • 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.