newsletterCUAA Spring Election

The Executive Committee includes all of the sitting Alumni Trustees (4 year terms), the President 1 year), Vice presidents (1 year) Secretary/Treasurer (1 year) and the chair of the nominating committee (1 year).

AT15 Steve GerardAlumni Trustee

Stephen Gerard ME’67


Nils Folke Anderson A’94


Karina Tipton, CE’99

AT15 Margaret Matz2VP Faculty/

Student Liaison

Margaret Matz, AR83

Kelly Occhiuzzo Zack A'90VP Alumni Events

Kelly Occhiuzzo Zack A’90


Nominating Committee
Sean Cusack BSE’98





The Alumni Council includes 36 elected council members, the officers, the alumni trustees, past presidents and past alumni trustees.  Council members serve 3 year terms and 12 council members are elected each year.  The ones elected this spring will serve until June 30, 2019.

The new council members (Terms 2016 – 2019)

Christina Aguirre-Ross AR’81, Ed Palacio EE’75, Hadar Cohen EE’15, Laura Spinner A’89, Ling Wei Chang EE’82, Lynn Lander ChE’60, Mark A. Vasquez ME’88, Mina Greenstein A’56, M’Liz Keefe A’85, Rachel Appel A’13, Pavel Nikulin CE’06, Scott Wilson A’76

The nominating committee consists of 10 elected members plus the two immediate past presidents. The past presidents are Lohn Leeper AR’85 and Peter Cafiero CE’83.

The new nominating committee (1 year term)

Sean Cusack BSE’98, Barry Drogin EE’83, Darrell Low EE’89, M’Liz Keefe A’85, Mary Lynch CHE’82, Mike Essl A’96, Rachel Appel A’13, Susan Shaw A’72, Xenia Diente A’99, Yashodhan Risbud EE’92

2015/2016 Annual Fund








“As you likely know, as part of that Consent Decree, the Free Education Committee is tasked with determining whether it is possible for The Cooper Union to be free. But how can one know what is possible? Almost every factor the committee must consider, from costs to inflation to returns on investments, is dynamic and difficult to predict. Only one factor is within our control, perhaps the most important of all. That factor is what we give as a community. We need to show — this fiscal year – that participation in the Annual Fund has the potential to help drive us towards a free, sustainable Cooper Union.

Now, more than ever, we have the ability to drive change through our financial support…That’s why I’m asking you to please show your leadership again and join me in making a gift – in any increment – to this year’s Annual Fund.

Full Letter

End of Year Show (EYOS) 2016, ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION MAY 24 – JUNE 12, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION:  Monday, May 23, from 5 to 9 p.m.

The classrooms and studios of The Cooper Union are transformed into exhibition spaces featuring work from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, the School of Art and the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. Located  on 2nd, 4th 5th, 6th and 7th floors of The Foundation Building (7 East 7th Street), 41 Cooper Square.    Learn More

2016 Founder’s Day Award Ceremony

2016 FD composite pictureOur annual Founder’s Day Ceremony honoring some of our most accomplished and most dedicated alumni will be held the evening of June 2, 2016, at the Historic Fish House, 21 Stuyvesant Street, New York.  Learn More

2016 Founder’s Day Block Party

The Founder’s Day Block Party will be held on September 2, 2016 on the 4th Avenue side of the Foundation building and on 7th Street in front of the Foundation Building.       Learn More   Donate to the Block Party

President’s Citation Award

collage 2 labeledThe Cooper Union President selects alumni for this award which is presented to them during the Commencement ceremony.  Award winners are alumni that stand out in their respective professions.  The award is not given annually.  It was first awarded in 1956 and was last awarded in 2009.  (Full list of awardees)


This year’s recipients will be John Leeper AR’85, William Morrison A’89 and Jason Banfelder ChE’93 & MChE’96.

Learn More

Cooper Union Presidents

At the moment, a Presidential search is ongoing.  Did you know that Cooper Union has had only 12 Presidents and 3 Acting Presidents.  Learn More

The Cooper Union Library has Launched the Library Friends Program

Library friendsThe Friends program allows alumni to support the CU Library by joining a new program. Cooper Union alumni have always been welcome to use, but not borrow, the Library’s books and materials. Now, for a nominal annual fee, with special discounted rates for recent graduates, alumni can borrow circulating items. Learn More 


Alumni accomplishments featured prominently on our website… Please take a look!

Share your accomplishments by posting them on The Official CUAA FaceBook page and LinkedIn Group

Cooper Motorsports Update

2016 Cooper Motor Sports TeamThe Cooper Motorsports Team competed in the FSAE Formula 1 competition held in Brooklyn, MI with car #82.

The team: Alex Dworzanczyk, Venkat Kuruturi, Bridget Bissell, Alex Bush, Jon Zorko, Hunter McKane, Harrison Milne, Wilfrido Castillo, Bobby Walsh, Amy Chambers, Jared Hecht, Sergio Rodriguez, Michael Buchbinder, Eric Cerny, Mic Capone, Dewan Couch Thenmalai, Estuardo Rodas and Matthew Palmer.



2016 Cooper Motor Sports Alumni

The following Alumni were on hand to cheer:  Jessica Loo ME’14, Gary Go ME’15, William Biesiadecki ME’14, Spyros Korsanos ME’13, Daniel Bach ME’15, Noah Dinkes ME’14 and Steven Lee ME’14.


May 23, 2016 EYOS  Opening Reception

from 5 to 9 p.m. at both The Foundation Building and 41 Cooper Square

Learn more

May 24, 2016 – Commencement

Tuesday May 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in The Great Hall of the Foundation Building at 7 East 7th Street. Doors open at 9:15. Tickets required. This event is not open to alumni, but it will be streamed live.

The commencement speaker will be Denise Young Smith, vice president of worldwide human resources at Apple, Inc.

The Student Speaker will be Andy Overton, who is due to graduate from the School of Art.

More Details Here.

June 2, 2016 – Founders Day 2016 Award Ceremony

June 3-4, 2016 – Reunion Weekend

June 14, 2016 – June 2016 Cooper Alumni Association Council Meeting

September 3, 2016 – Founder’s Day Block Party

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