At Cooper

Table of Contents: Vol. XLX, No. 3, Fall 2021

At Cooper Fall 2021 coverLetter by Laura Sparks

Features

Hitting a Stride
The Albert Nerken School of Engineering looks to the future of engineering education

New Engineering Faculty
Seven full-time faculty join the Albert Nerken School of Engineering

Never Far From Present
Kenneth Tam A'04 at the Queens Museum

Designs for Living
Cooper faculty at the 2021 Architecture Venice Biennale

Cooper Dot Edu

Inaugural Latinx Artist Fellowship Awarded to Faculty and Alumnus
Coco Fusco, Professor in the School of Art, and Juan Sánchez A'77 have been named Latinx Artist Fellows

Incoming Class of 2021
Meet some of the newest members of the Cooper community

Cooperology: Stories from the Archive
Read "Experiments with Electricity," one of Cooper archivist Mary Mann's recent blog posts from the Cooper Library collection

Brian Swann
Brian Swann, professor of humanities, pens novel set in the 17th century that follows the life of Jim Crowe, from the Cambridgeshire fens to Powhatan's Virginia

Watch Cooper's First Indigenous Peoples' Day Public Program
"We Will Always Be Here" on YouTube.com/cooperunion

School of Architecture Archive Awarded IMLS Grant
The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded the archive a generous grant to support its exhibition collection

Student Mentors and EID101
The required first-semester engineering project and design course added peer mentors to help remote learners find their footing

Rome Prize to CU Alumni
Firelei Báez A'04, Eric Mack A'10, and William Villalongo A'99 (also an associate professor in the School of Art) are awardees in visual arts

Grant to Measure Inequality
Loujaina Abdelwahed, assistant professor of economics, was awarded a grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth to track inequality amid the pandemic

Daniel Arsham A'03, 2021 Robert Gwathmey Chair
Teaching a lecture course on sculpture and the evolution of design aesthetics

AACE-Made Swag
Jeanette Circe ME'21, new president of Cooper's ASME chapter, gave out souvenirs she created in the AACE Lab during an orientation event


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  • “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.