New Faculty Departmental Chairs

POSTED ON: September 28, 2022

New Faculty Departmental Chairs

Left to right: Cosmas Tzavelis, Mili Shah, and Benjamin Davis.

We would like to announce our newly elected departmental chairs of The Albert Nerken School of Engineering: 

  • Professor and George Fox Chair of Civil Engineering, Cosmas Tzavelis
  • C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Professor of Mathematics, Mili Shah
  • Professor and Eleanor and Stanley Ensminger Chair of Chemical Engineering, Benjamin Davis

These are all highly accomplished faculty members who have reached important career milestones and made significant contributions at Cooper Union. As an institution, we are thankful for their continued hard work and are delighted to be able to recognize their successes and look forward to their continued contributions to their respective fields.

I am delighted to serve as chair of the mathematics department at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at the Cooper Union.  The department has a rich history of instilling a love for mathematics across the school.  I look forward to building on this tradition by growing interdisciplinary collaborations throughout the Cooper community.” - Prof. Mili Shah

As chair of the department, my chief goals are to strengthen the curriculum by adding classes relevant to professional skills in demand, attract more students to the Master’s program, hire two new full-time faculty members in water resources and geotechnical engineering, and achieve six years accreditation in the next ABET visit in 2024.” – Prof. Cosmas Tzavelis

  • 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.