Preparing Students for a Data-Driven World

POSTED ON: April 5, 2021


On March 18, 2021, a leading panel of interdisciplinary faculty discussed how data are used across technical and creative fields and how they use empirical reasoning and data-based assignments to prepare to live and work in a data-driven society. Watch the program online.

Panelists included:

  • Thomas Augst, Associate Professor of English, New York University
  • Min Kyung Lee, Assistant Professor of Growth and Structure of Cities, Bryn Mawr Colleg
  • Brian Mailloux, Professor in Environmental Sciences, Barnard College and Columbia University
  • David Weiman, Professor of Economics, Barnard College and Columbia University

The panel was moderated by:

  • Ninad Pandit, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, The Cooper Union
  • Cynthia Lee, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, The Cooper Union

This event was organized by Lisa Norberg, Director of The Cooper Union Library, and Loujaina Abdelwahed, Assistant Professor of Economics and funded by Cooper Union Grant Program.

  • 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.