Mission & Vision



The Albert Nerken School of Engineering is a learning community committed to educational excellence that fosters creativity, critical thinking, innovation, and civic engagement through experiential, project-based and interdisciplinary learning. We bring together talented and diverse students and engage them in a modern math, science, and engineering curriculum that is rigorous, dynamic, and supportive. We inspire our students to achieve their full potential and apply their expertise and leadership for the benefit of society and humanity.


A model learning community that engages talented and diverse students in an intellectually challenging, supportive, and exceptional academic program. Our graduates are inventive, creative, and influential individuals who make impactful contributions to society and humanity.

  • 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.