Careers in Climate Panel

Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 5:30 - 8pm

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Careers in Climate II

About this event:

It is increasingly clear that climate change is a challenge that can't be ignored. Hear from four Cooper Union alumni as they discuss their careers and how they are impacting the climate crisis. The program may suggest possible career choices that would address one of today's biggest global problems. 

Organized by Marshall Rafal ChE'63 and Lynn Lander ChE'60 in collaboration with The Center for Career Development.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the program will begin at 6:00 p.m.

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Julien Caubel ME'12
Noah Garcia AR'10
Nick Mannarino ChE'15
Alisa Petrosova A'21

Moderated by:
Kit Nicholls, Director of the Center for Writing and Learning

Panelist Bios

Julien Caubel ME’12 is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he serves as a science and technology policy advisor for the Under Secretary for Science and Innovation. In this role, Caubel facilitates the Under Secretary’s engagements with Congress, the national labs, the White House, and others. He is also science and energy program manager for the Grid Modernization Initiative and subsurface programs at the Department, such as the Enhanced Geothermal Shot. Last year, Caubel was an ASME Fellow in Congress, where he served as an energy and environmental policy advisor for Senator Luján. Caubel earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Upon graduating, he founded a technology company to develop novel air pollution sensors that enable data-driven public health and environmental justice initiatives in disadvantaged communities. He was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Ghana, working with agricultural communities to design and build local biowaste-to-energy systems. He holds a B.E. in mechanical engineering from The Cooper Union. At Cooper, his research focused on sustainable engineering for developing economies and energy efficient building systems. 

Noah Garcia AR'10 is a registered architect, educator, and multidisciplinary researcher focused on issues relating to the environment and technology–working across scales, from the body to the city. He holds a bachelor of architecture degree from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and a multidisciplinary master's degree from the University of Michigan concentrating on Human-Computer Interaction and Urban Informatics. In addition, he is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine where he created a body of fresco paintings. He is currently an adjunct professor at New World School of Art College, Miami-Dade College, and University of Florida; a data scientist for the University of Miami researching climate resilience strategies; and manages an independent architecture practice. In 2020, he was part of the winning team for the "Reimagining the Brooklyn Bridge" competition hosted by Van Alen Institute and NYC Council. After volunteering to restore a portion of the Appalachian Trail during his freshman year of college, he has gradually hiked sections of the trail and daydreams of completing the full journey one day.

Nick Mannarino ChE'15 is a business strategy engineer on the Strategy and Business Development team at Amogy, a clean energy startup based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which aims to use ammonia as a zero-emission fuel to decarbonize heavy industries. His role at Amogy involves planning and executing corporate partnerships, and his engineering background puts him in a unique position to provide a bridge between the technical and commercial perspectives of the business. He has also been heavily involved with Amogy's fundraising initiatives, most recently with a successful $150M Series B round in 2023, through market research, technoeconomic analysis, and go-to-market strategy development. Prior to Amogy, Mannarino spent five years in global R&D engineering at PepsiCo, where he worked on process technology development that enabled product/packaging innovation, productivity driven savings, and sustainability. He holds a B.A. in chemical engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, as well as a M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Alisa Petrosova A'21 is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and narrative strategist. She specializes in the intersection of climate, culture, film, and television, and believes in the power of storytelling and community to transform our world and collective future for a more just, healthier, and beautiful world. She works at Good Energy where she leads the climate research and consulting programs. She holds an M.A. in climate and society from the Climate School at Columbia University and B.A. in fine art from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. She speaks on the topic of climate and culture change on panels at institutions like Conde Nast, The Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, and New York University Tandon School of Engineering. Petrosova lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, where she hosts Big Love Supper Club with her partner that brings climate storytelling to their dinner table.

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Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • 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.