Research & Scholarship

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Research is the engine that stimulates intellectual curiosity, fuels new inquiries, advances disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, and produces new knowledge or uses existing knowledge in new and creative ways. Research allows faculty to maintain currency in their disciplines, deepen their understanding of their disciplinary specialties, explore new and emerging fields, collaborate with colleagues and engage with their professions. For students, research experiences enhance intellectual skills such as inquiry, analytical and critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, reading and understanding primary literature, communication, and teamwork. For undergraduates, research is a high-impact educational practice for deepening their understanding of disciplinary foundations, exposing them to the exciting problems in their chosen field, and achieving excellence.

Undergraduate and graduate students work alongside faculty as colleagues, investigating open-ended questions, producing world-class research, presenting findings at national conferences and co-publishing papers in prestigious research grants from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and other foundations that advance scientific knowledge. Additionally, faculty routinely receive funding from local and state governmental agencies, educational institutions and private corporations. External collaborations with Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Weill-Cornell Medical Center, the Simons Foundation Flatiron Institute among others provide rich opportunities to collaborate with world-class researchers and positively contribute to humanity and society.

Research in the Albert Nerken School of Engineering directly supports our educational goals to prepare our graduates to succeed in a dynamic and increasingly complex world and maintain the rich heritage and legacy that sustains our exceptional reputation. Many of our research areas support our core values of interdisciplinarity, teamwork, and partnership by collaborating across disciplinary boundaries to create innovative solutions to societal challenges. Many also instill a sense of social justice that translates into action by inspiring members to apply their expertise and leadership to solve some of the most critical problems facing our world today.

In the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, our faculty are engaged in leading-edge research in a variety of topics with emphasis areas in bioengineering; environmental engineering, materials and fluids;  autonomous systems; artificial intelligence, data science and machine learning; soil bioremediation, sustainability; theoretical and computational sciences; and educational pedagogy.

We welcome partnerships and collaborations with institutions and individuals that align with and complement our areas of research,  advance disciplinary knowledge, and ultimately make a positive impact on the human condition. peer-reviewed journals. 

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Barry L. Shoop, Ph.D., P.E. | Dean, Albert Nerken School of Engineering

  • 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.