Engineering Professors Have Their "One Shining Moment"

POSTED ON: April 18, 2016

On March 29, faculty from the Albert Nerken School of Engineering took to the stage in the Rose Auditorium to explain their research interests to students in Cooper's own version of "March Madness." With only a scant three minutes to describe their work to beat the buzzer, many of the professors discovered it wasn't such an easy task. In that spirit we put together our own "thrill of victory, agony of defeat" 3-minute highlight video to showcase the breadth, if not the depth, of the research work going on at the school.



  • 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.