Welcome to the Albert Nerken School of Engineering - A Message from Associate Dean Ruben Savizky

Dear First-Year Engineering Student:

Congratulations and welcome to Cooper Union! My name is Ruben Savizky and I am the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. I am also a proud alum (ChE ’98) and a full professor in the chemistry department.

Hopefully you have already participated in events that have been part of our new student orientation. Classes begin on August 31, and we are planning several experiences for you in the School of Engineering that will take place during the week of August 24. Specifically, there will be a “meet and greet” for you to get to know the members the Dean’s office, an opportunity to be introduced to many of the professors you will have in your first semester, and individual sessions for you to connect with faculty members in your chosen major. Stay tuned for more details!

As your advisor in the first year, I will be actively involved in your academics. My goal is to provide you with the tools you will need to excel as you begin your studies at Cooper Union. First - if you haven’t already done so, please log on to our Student Self-Service portal so that you can view your class schedule for the fall semester. Second – allow me to highlight some of the programs that we have in the School of Engineering that are specifically designed for you. Throughout the semester, the 1st year seminar series will offer workshops on dealing with stress, time management, diversity and inclusion, and exposure to the various fields of study within engineering. We also have an Academic Resource Center (ARC) program to provide support in foundational courses such as chemistry and mathematics. I encourage you to attend and take advantage of these resources.

I am delighted to have you join our family and I very much look forward to being able to “meet” you soon – even if it must be online this semester.


Ruben M. Savizky, Ph.D.

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