SEA2M3 Center is Finalist for Excellence in Innovation Award

August 01, 2018

SEA2M3 Center RAGS RAMESSES SociaLite
SEA2M3: Sustainable Engineering, Architecture and Art - Materials, Manufacturing and Minimalism)

The Cooper Union and its SEA2M3 (Sustainable Engineering, Architecture and Art - Materials, Manufacturing and Minimalism) Center led by Prof. Cumberbatch were selected as one of the finalists for the Phi Kappa Phi 2018 Excellence in Innovation Award. This award recognizes colleges and universities for their achievements in finding powerful answers to important challenges and issues around the world.

The portfolio presented three projects that are being worked on at the SEA2M3 Center: RAGS (Reuse of Available Garbage for Shelter), RAMESSES (Reuse of Available Material, Energy, Structures and Supplies for Emergency Shelter), and SociaLite.

  • 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.