Join us for the New Student Orientation

Saturday August 29, 2015

What better way to stay connected to Cooper than by getting to know the incoming class of students?

Join us THIS SATURDAY for  a mixer with new incoming students at 5 PM in the Great Hall, followed by a screening of Janet Gardner’s documentary of “Mechanic to Millionaire, The Peter Cooper Story” at 6 PM.

The New Faces of the CUAA

The CUAA is pleased to announce the newly elected Executive Committee, Alumni Council, Nominating Committee and Alumni Trustee Designate. On July 1st, the leaders that you elected in the Spring Election took office.  They are:
PresidentNils Folke Anderson Nils Folke Anderson, A’94 is a sculptor based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at Philips de Pury, the Dikeou Collection, and the University of Georgia, Athens.  Nils began teaching sculpture in the Saturday Program  and shortly after graduating in 1994, founded a children’s art program in León, Nicaragua. He has taught at Henry Street Settlement, Studio in a School, and Hunter College.  Nils helped conceive and lead the Free Since 1859 campaign, aimed at raising money for Cooper Union while sending a clear message of support for the policy of merit based, full tuition scholarships for all students.
Alumni TrusteePeter Katz A'76 Peter Katz, A’76, is a consultant in community planning and development. He’s a leading proponent of New Urbanism, an urban design and planning movement that the New York Times called “the most important phenomenon to emerge in American architecture in the post-Cold War era.” He’s also the author of a seminal book on the subject–The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community. Peter studied both art and architecture at Cooper. He graduated with a BFA in 1976 and taught as an adjunct professor in graphic design upon graduation and again in the mid 1980s. He now lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.
Secretary-Treasurersean-cusack Sean Cusack, BSE’98, has worked on software infrastructure for at Bloomberg LP, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, Jefferies & Co, and Deutsche Bank.  Sean started Learnosaurus, Inc., . Sean has been a Cooper Union adjunct professor since 2003, teaching the “Introduction to Computer Science” course.  He organized Cooper App Camp, and was part of the group that started the Cooper Union Entrepreneurship Society.  Sean has been the chair of the CUAA Communications and Nominations committees.  He has also served on the Events and Founder’s Day committees.
Vice President Faculty-Student Liaison3.15 M. Greenstein IMG_8238 Mina Greenstein, A’56, was a graphic designer and art director for children’s books based in New York. Books that she has worked on have been honored with AIGA Best Books and Bookbinders’ Guild of New York awards. She was given The Alumnus of the Year Award in 2011. Her service to the Cooper Union Alumni Association has included multiple terms on the Alumni Council and the Nominating Committee. She has volunteered at the Phonathon, the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award Committee, and is the Alumni Representative to the School of Art Administration Committee.
Vice President of Alumni ActivitiesKelly Occhiuzzo Zack A'90 Kelly Occhiuzzo Zack Art ’90 is an art and design professional with 25 years experience in the Special Events/Event Planning field. She also has a lifetime of experience in the Service Industry, having grown up the daughter of a lifelong restaurateur. Since 2013 she has actively served on the CUAA’s Events Committee, serving as Co-Chair in 2014-15. Some of the many events Kelly has participated in was FabFest, CUAA’s first ever Holiday Party in 2013, CU@AllSouls, CU@McSorley’s and the Founder’s Day 2014/Peter Cooper Block Party.
Nominating Committee ChairKelly Smolar ME'07 Kelly Smolar, ME’07/MME’11, is a senior project manager for MEPS systems at Tishman Construction.  She has been active in Cooper Union Alumni Association for 5 years.  She has participated in phonations and served on the Nominating and Tellers committees. She also worked on the 1859 fundraising effort and on the Annual Fund.

2015 Elected Alumni Council

Note: the following represent just those elected this year

– Council Members serve a 3-year term and thus there are many other Council Members than just those newly elected.

For a full list, see here:
Ed Abaid CE’76Ed Abaid CE'76  Ed Abaid, CE,76 has worked for Advanced Solar Products since 2011 as project development manager, and  has previously worked for AT&T and Lucent Real Estate organizations in facilities engineering, design and construction. Ed is a licensed New Jersey real estate salesperson, having also recently worked in retail commercial brokerage. He has had extensive past involvement in the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  Ed has previously served twice on the Alumni Council, participates regularly in the CUAA Phonathon, and serves on the Gano Dunn Award Committee.
 Paul Garrin A’82Paul Garrin A'82  Paul Garrin, A’82, is an interdisciplinary artist and social entrepreneur whose work explores the social impact of technology and issues of media access, free speech, public/private space and bridging the”digital-divide.” He has worked with other alumni and faculty to organize The Cooper Union Entrepreneur Society (CUES), co-organized a CUAA/CUES 2013 event in The Great Hall on surveillance in conjunction with the MIT Enterprise Forum of NY, and has successfully crowd funded the “Cooper Lumen Design Challenge,” partnering with non-profit Two Bridges Neighborhood Council to directly fund interdisciplinary student work for credit in the 2014 semester, all of which has generated positive media for Cooper Union. Paul participated in the Friends of Cooper Union and Free Cooper Union brainstorming events, contributed to “The Way Forward” and presently works with the CUAA Founder’s Day Committee, Communications and Events Committees.
 Bhaskar Krishnamachari EE’98unnamed[2]  Bhaskar Krishnamachari, EE’98 went on to do a Ph.D. at Cornell University. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California. Besides teaching courses in Electrical engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels, he is Director of the Autonomous Networks Research Group, which researches and develops algorithms and protocols for next generation wireless networks.
Claudia F. Giordano  A’76Glaudia G L Claudia F Giordano, A’76, retired 29-year veteran art teacher in NYC public schools, became involved with the CUAA in reaction to the financial crisis. She is a founding member of UFT Solidarity, a new Caucus formed in response to the devastating impact of “ed deform” on teachers’ due process rights. An avid photographer, she lives in the East Village and often is found in the Land Down Under on holiday.Claudia serves on the CUAA Communications committee.
 James Liubicich ChE’83James Liubicich CHE’83 Jim Liubicich, ChE’83, is the District Engineer for the Flagg Creek Water Reclamation District located a little west of Chicago. He is active professionally and with family and friends.  He is  active with the Chicago Regional Chapter of CUAA. Jim is a member of the Water Environment Federation for 25 years. He has contributed to his field technically in the area of Chemical Addition for wastewater treatment and the use of fixed film media in the activated sludge process.
 Ciera Lowe ChE’14Ciera Lowe ChE'14 Ciera Lowe, ChE’14 is an Analyst at ENSO Financial Analytics.  She currently serves as the Chair of the CUAA Communications committee.  As a student, she was an engineering student council representative to the Alumni Association for two years as well as the leader of “Fun Committee,” which is responsible for coordinating all student council sponsored events. She is also an active member of The National Society of Black Engineers, serving as Cooper Union’s chapter president during her senior year at the school.
 Darren Rogers AR’05Darren Rogers   Darren Rogers, AR’05, owns a general contracting business, Wyanoke Builders, and a custom cabinet dealership, Plain & Fancy Montclair. While a student a Cooper, he was a member and captain of the Varsity Tennis Team, captain of the step team, member of Student Council and participant in the annual ski trips to Mont Sutton. After Cooper, he managed renovations to educational, financial and office spaces with The TLM Group. He remains heavily involved with Cooper Union as an Assistant Athletic Director and Tennis Coach.
Westley Rozen AR’05Westley Rozen AR'05 Wes Rozen is one of the partners of SITU Studio and is currently teaching first year design in the Architecture School.  Wes founded SITU Studio with four other Architecture alumni shortly after graduating, building on principles established while studying at Cooper.  Over the past 10 years SITU studio has won numerous grants and awards including the Architectural League Emerging Voices and a New York City Art Commission Award for Excellence in Design. Outside of architecture, Wes’ interests in film, mechanics, and animation have informed projects at Situ Studio and teaching positions at Cooper Union, Columbia University, the Aarhus Architecture School, Denmark and the Royal Academy School of Architecture, Denmark.
 Susan Shaw A’72Susan Shaw  Susan Shaw, A ’72, is a graphic designer and the principal of Susan Shaw Design. She is an adjunct instructor in the Art Department at Queens College of the City University of New York where she teaches Typography and Design. Susan is married to Jack Freeman AR ’69. Susan has served on the Communications and Annul Fund Committees and participates in Phonathon. She is a class rep of A’72.  Susan has served one term on the Alumni Council beginning in 2012.
 Ira Silfin ME’85Ira SIlfin ME'85  Ira Silfin, ME’85, attended Cardozo School of Law, graduating in 1988.  Since then, he has worked at Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein, and intellectual property law firm.  His practice covers all aspects of intellectual property, including trial practice and appeals, and working on patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters.  He has represented individuals, small companies, and publicly traded multinational companies. Ira has lived in Scarsdale for over 20 years and has been active on various local committees and organizations.
 Gene Tulchin A’55Gene Tulchin A’55 Gene Tulchin, A’55, was an associate professor at the Cooper Union School of Art (25+ years).  He served on numerous committees including the School-wide Senate, where he served as the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees, and in later years, to the full-time faculty union. He is a practicing artist (painting, photography, and computer graphics). His work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe, including at The Museum of Modern Art,  Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum of Science, Witkin Gallery, Siggraph, and numerous other venues.
 Shankar Venkataraman BSE’03Shankar Venkataraman  Shankar Venkataraman BSE’03  has worked in communications and control systems related to transportation engineering.  He spent most of this time working on the Transportation Hub at World Trade Center.


The Cooper Union  News

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 Change at The Cooper Union

During July and August, Acting CU President, Bill Mea, announced the following Staff updates:

Nadar Tehrani is the new Dean of Architecture.

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Richard Stock is the new Acting Dean of Engineering.





Chris Chamberlain is taking on some duties previously performed by Dean Baker.

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Alumni Profile

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In Memoriam

See who we have lost during 2015.

Cooper Nostalgia

Alumni have sent in photos of the Hewitt building and the Engineering building.  See photos


August 29, 2015 during New Student Orientation

there will be a showing of the film: From Mechanic to Millionaire — The Peter Cooper Story, produced by the Gardner Group led by Janet Gardner A’65.  Alumni are welcome to attend a mixer  to meet the new students at 5PM and the film showing at 6PM.

September 16, 2015:  CUAA Council Meeting & Informal Mixer

Acting Cooper Union President, Bill Mea, will be attending the September CUAA meeting. Immediately following the meeting we will be having an informal mixer. Alumni will have a chance to speak will Bill and the CUAA Council during the mixer and light refreshments will be provided.

Council Meetings are held in the school and are open to all students and alumni.

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.  Chicago Alums will be attending the Opening Day Tour of the Exhibit led by Cooper Architecture Professor, Kevin Bone. The tour begins at 1pm at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, Illinois. Adult Tickets are $8/person and the Alums are formulating a Plan for a small reception afterwards as the facilities allow.    Please contact Jim Liubicich CHE ’83 if you plan to attend.

September 10 – 15, 2015: Save the Date for Masters of Architecture II Thesis Exhibition

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Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 6:00-8:00pm
On view September 10 – 25, 2013

The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery
The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
Gallery Hours: TuesdaySunday, 12-7pm

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

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

 Archtober  October 1-31, 2015

New York City’s annual Architecture and Design Month, is now in its fifth year!   The Cooper Union School of Architecture is a Partner Organization.  Several alumni will be hosting tours and making presentations.  More information will follow.

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