Jana Grcevich

Adjunct Instructor

Jana Grcevich received her PhD in Astronomy from Columbia University, where her research focused on the evolution of dwarf galaxies. She enjoys communicating science to the public, including planning space vacations with the Intergalactic Travel Bureau.  She is a co-author of The Vacation Guide to the Solar System.

Clouds of Jupiter as revealed by the Juno probe, NASA
Clouds of Jupiter as revealed by the Juno probe, NASA


  • 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.