CIAT Research Associates

The CIAT Research Associates are a select focused group of international professionals from both academia and industry who share their experiences and insights as innovators. They collaborate with our gifted students and faculty to help solve specific green technology challenges by providing guidance, advice, resources, mentoring, hands on help, and open lectures.

The Research Associates are an integral part of CIAT’s mission to prepare our students to continue the legacy of Peter Cooper through the creative development and the successful implementation of new technologies.

Mr. Tryggvi ThordarsonLimnologist
Environment Agency of Iceland
Reykjavík, Iceland

Ms. Tonya Boyd
Assistant Director
Geo-Heat Center
Oregon institute of Technology
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Daniel Coaten
Assistant Professor
Chemistry Department
Keilir Institute of Technology
Reykjanesbaer Iceland

Mr. Jack Gilbert
Assistant Vice President
Loss Control Services
The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
New York, NY

Mr. Jim Bos
James Bos, LLC
Sustainable Elevator Consulting
Plano, TX

Dr. Magnus Thor Jonsson
Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Iceland
Reykjavik Iceland

Dr. Haukur Ingi Jonasson
Assistant Professor
School of Engineering and Natural Sciences,
Reykjavik University
Reykjavík Iceland

Dr. Karl Solvi Gudmundsson
Prof. Electrical Engineering,
University of Iceland

Mr. Thomas J. Francullo
Vice President of Sales & Engineering
Diversified Heat Transfer Inc.
Towaco, NJ

Mr. Robert Hawks
Hawks Media Inc.
Woodstock, NY

Mr. Raj Parikh, M.S. M.S. P.E.
CEO & Chairman
Metropolitan Building Consulting Group, PC
New York, NY

Mr. Scott E. Gallmeyer
Research Chemist
Arctic Silver
Penfield, NY

Mr. Gerry Posner
Chairman, Aegis Industrial Software
Director, Berwind Industrial Group Chicago, Ill

Dr. Dimitar D. Sasselov
Professor of Astronomy
Director, Harvard Origins of Life Initiative
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,
Harvard University Cambridge, MA

Dr. Runar Unnthorsson
Assistant Professor
Industrial Engineering
University of Iceland
Reykjavik Iceland

Dr, Ragnheidur Thorarinsdottir
Managing Director
Svinna-Engineering Ltd
Reykjavik, Iceland

Mr. Robert Craig
Vice President
Verde Electric Corp.
Mount Vernon, NY

Dr. Simon Benavi
Electrical Engineering
Hofstra University
Garden City, NY

Dr. John Gladstone Mills III
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Lead Counsel
Patent Counsel Group LLP
Arlington, Virginia

Gudmundur Gislason
Technical Manager
Arvirkinn ehf.
Selfoss, Iceland

Michael Thomas Petralia
Project Engineer
Jaroff design
Hicksville, NY

Dr. David Southren
Cardiologist, Internist, Lipidologist, and President
Advanced Cardiovascular Care of the Hudson Valley
Valley Cottage, NY

  • 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.