Robert Dell

Director, Special Project on Select Patent Monetization
Director, the Laboratory for Energy Reclamation and Innovation
Adjunct Professor
C.V. Starr Research Foundation Research Fellow

Robert Dell was appointed Director for Cooper Union’s Special Project on
Select Patent Monetization in 2019 and has been the Founding Director of
the Laboratory for Energy Reclamation and Innovation since 2006. He is
Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering and has taught at The Cooper
Union since 2002. He was the Cooper Union's  Director of the Center for
Innovation and Applied Technology, Research Fellow  for the C.V. Starr
Research Foundation, and  Visiting Scientist at Iceland’s Keilir Institute
of Technology. Other recent appointments include Guest Lecturer with the
National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City and Advisory Board
Member with Borealis GeoPower Inc. in Canada.

He was previously a Fellow with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The New York Botanical Garden, the University of Iceland Research Stations, Fulbright, and the American Scandinavian Foundation. Prof. Dell was the Principal Investigator for numerous research grants from Consolidated Edison, and was the Project Research Scientist on a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant for regenerative braking in elevators. He was recently appointed a Technical Consultant for the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Assistance Program.

Prof. Dell has given numerous open lectures at venues including Harvard, MIT, Columbia University, the University of Iceland, the Keilir Institute of Technology, the Metropolitan Chapter of ASME, and the New York Hall of Science. He is the First Author and presenter of numerous award winning peer reviewed research papers for the Geothermal Resources Council and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Scientific American has recognized Robert Dell as one of the leading professional researchers in the New York City area. The Smithsonian Institute has established the “Robert Dell Papers” as a permanent archive. Prof. Dell is the First Inventor of eleven patents owned by the Cooper Union.

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