Douglas Thornhill

Laboratory and Technician Manager, School of Engineering
Adjunct Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Douglas Thornhill is the Laboratory and Technician Manager for the Albert Nerken School of Engineering where he coordinates forty laboratory spaces and a team of ten technicians. He has also been the instructor for ME312, Manufacturing Engineering since 2018. Doug holds a B.S. in Astrophysics from Columbia University where he was an integral part of the optics team for NASA’s NuSTAR orbital x-ray observatory. He has been part of the creation and operation of multiple makerspaces and fabrication labs in New York City. Doug is also devoted to bolstering local small businesses; providing design and fabrication assistance as needed.

Doug has been with the Cooper Union since 2017.


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  • “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.”

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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.