Theoretical and Computational Sciences Research

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Theoretical and Computational Sciences are at the intersection of applied mathematics, computer sciences, and engineering, applying and developing cutting-edge software and models in simulations of multi-disciplinary problems. Cooper Union researchers leverage high-performance computing (HPC) resources to tackle critical science and engineering challenges that would be too dangerous, expensive, or simply impossible to do otherwise. In projects ranging from understanding material properties at quantum scales to predicting large-scale ocean behavior, Cooper is actively contributing to computational solutions of engineering’s grand challenges.

  • 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.