Robert Dell

Director, Center for Innovation and Applied Technology
Adjunct Professor
C.V. Starr Research Foundation Research Fellow

Robert Dell is the Founding Director of the Center for Innovation and Applied Technology and the Laboratory for Energy Reclamation at The Cooper Union, where he is also Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering.   He is Visiting Scientist with the Keilir Institute of Technology, and the Research Fellow for the Cooper Union’s C.V. Starr Research Foundation. 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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