Foundation Series

The Foundation Series is an optional, preparatory set of workshops that meets before the official start of the RPIE term. In these workshops, participants strengthen the core skills necessary to succeed in the RPIE program, and build the communication and soft skills frequently highlighted by our industry partners. These courses also provide participants the chance to network with one another and practice formal and informal communication. 

Dates and Times

The Foundation Series runs prior to the start of the 12-week RPIE term.

In Fall, the Foundation Series begins in September.
In Spring, the Foundation Series begins in February.

All meetings take place online. Courses meet weekday evenings and weekend afternoons.

For the Spring 2022 schedule, please click here.

The Foundation Series is organized into four subject tracks. Each workshop is open to all accepted RPIE participants.

Digital Literacy Fundamentals

  • Computer Basics
  • Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Google Docs
  • Microsoft Teams    

Technical Foundations

  • AutoCAD Fundamentals
  • Beginning Java
  • Beginning Python
  • Beginning Cybersecurity

Presentation Essentials 

  • Keys to Public Speaking
  • Working with Slide Decks
  • Preparing Project Reports and Pitches 

Communication Intensive

  • Developing Technical Vocabulary
  • Contemporary Issues in Engineering Reading and Discussion Group
  • Informal Conversation and Discussion

Building the Job Portfolio

  • Professional Communication
  • Resumes
  • Cover Letters
  • Interview Basics
  • 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.