cu-email-letterhead-newThe Cooper Union has an New Interim President

Bill Mea

Fellow Alumni,

I encourage you to read the letter that follows from The Cooper Union’s acting president, Bill Mea. As the newly elected President of the Cooper Union Alumni Association and a new representative to the Board of Trustees, I gratefully welcome the inclusiveness of Bill’s opening message to our community, and join in his call to heal and rebuild trust.
I’ve had the pleasure to meet with Bill, and am happy that he has sees alumni involvement as essential to Cooper Union, and is eager to reestablish a robust working relationship with the CUAA. He has deep respect for Cooper Union’s culture and values, and is serious about earning “the consent of the governed” through meaningful dialogue and responsive leadership.
We have a precious window of opportunity to find common ground. This is all of our work, and it begins with imagining the possibility of a fresh start.
Nils Folke Anderson A’94

Click here to Read Bill’s Letter

Read Announcement from BOT Chair, Richard Lincer

Learn More about Interim President, William Mea:   On Cooper.Edu    On LinkedIn

Acting President, William Mea’s First Letter to the Cooper Community

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 The Cooper Union Alumni Association has a New President

Nils Folke AndersonNils Folke Anderson began his term as CUAA President on July 1st. He is a painter and sculptor. He, his wife, Alexandra Posen and their children live in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Nils graduated from The Cooper Union School of Art in 1994, and earned an MFA from Hunter College in 2007.



Vision Statement

The Cooper Union has been in the News

The recent departures of five trustees and the school president have put The Cooper Union in the news.

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2015 Graduation was held on May 27 th

Harrison Cullen delivers the Student Commencement Address

Harrison Cullen delivers the Student Commencement Address

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Meet some of the recent graduates

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CUAA Council News

Message from CUAA President Nils Anderson to the Alumni Council on June 20, 2015

 Report on the comments submitted with the ballots.

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 Cooper Union Alumni Crowd Funding Projects

We have brought back the Crowdfunding Corner.

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Cooper Lumen is Livening up Street Festivals

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 Peter Cooper’s Round Elevator is featured in first episode of

“It Happened Here First.”

Architecture Dean, Elizabeth O’Donnell, AR’83, and Steven Hillyer, AR’90, appear in the video.

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Alumni Profile

Thomas Driscoll
Board of Trustees Member: Thomas Driscoll ME ’77

Thomas Driscoll has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2007 and Chairman of the Finance Committee since 2008. He is a Managing Director at Barclays and has previously worked for Exxon Mobile and Lehman Brothers .

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Alumni Profile

Henry Grant Plumb, A 1868

Henry Plumb, A 1868, was featured in The New York Times last month.  He taught in the Cooper Union Art School for three decades.

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Alumni Profile

Hall of Fame Member: George Segal, A’44

George Segal, A'44George Segal, A’44, is the artist that created Gay Liberation which commemorates the Stonewall protest and is installed in Christopher Park across the street from Stonewall Inn.

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 Alumni Profile

Sascha Mombartz, A’09

Sascha Mombartz, Cooper Union Art School 2009 graduate, excels in website and product design.  His Multidisciplinary Design Studio is located on the Lower East Side and is called Office for Visual Affairs.

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Alumni Profile

Lax-Benjamin-1Hall of Fame Member: Benjamin Lax, ME’41

Benjamin Lax , ME’41, was the Director of multiple laboratories at MIT



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Alumni Profile

Bernard Olcott

Bernard Olcott EE ’39

Bernard Olcott unfortunately passed away in 2006 but his son has been documenting his amazing story in a blog and shared some of his accomplishments.

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CUAA Events

 2015 Founder’s Day Recap

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Class of 2005 Celebrates

10 Year Reunion

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2015 End of Year Show


EOYS 2015EXHIBITION: MAY 26 – JUNE 14, 2015                             Read More

 Chicago Regional Group

had a Meetup Event on June 25th

Chicago Regional Group

Chicago Regional Group

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July 30, 2015:  ArtWalk Closing Reception with Auction

Sascha Mombartz A ’07 has created an innovative app called ArtWalk.  This art guide has intriguing stories about the fascinating places and people that made New York what it is today. Peter Cooper’s story is one of them! A special guided talk by Sascha at 7:30 PM! The gallery exhibit and auction includes work by Dionisio Cortes AR’09.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at FRONT art space, 118 Chambers St, New York, New York 10007     Learn More

 Now through August 8th, 2015: Engineering Alumni are Invited to Become Mentors

This Program is organized by the Cooper Union Career Center.  Final day to sign up for mentoring opportunities with engineering students is August 8th.  Learn More

August 11, 2015: CUAA Events Committee Meeting

The Events Committee will be meeting in 41 Cooper Square. Check the website for more information soon.

August 25, 2015: CUAA Communications Committee Meeting

The Communications Committee will be meeting in 41 Cooper Square. Check the website for more information soon.

September 12, 2015: Chicago Regional Event at Elmhurst Art Museum

The Chicago Regional group is planning an event around the “Lessons from Modernism Exhibit” curated by CU professor, Kevin Bone.  Information will be available soon.

September 15, 2015:  CUAA Council Meeting

Council Meetings are held in the school and are open to all students and alumni.  Registration Information will be available soon.

 October 17, 2015:  Save the Date for CUAA Architectural tour event on Long Island.

We are in the early stages of planning a tour of an Andrew Geller, AR’47,  designed home. More information will follow.


In Memoriam

See who we have lost during 2015.

Pioneer Stories


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