CUAA Holiday Party




The entire Cooper Union Family, including alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends are all invited to Phoebe’s Bar and Grill, from 6 to 10 PM on Thursday, December 8th.

The first hour of party will be an opportunity to hear from Alumni Trustees and ask questions. Food will be provided.  Pay as you go for drinks (cash or credit).  Phebe’s will be offering drink specials for the evening.

Mix and mingle, join us for cocktails and nibbles!

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CUAA Election Nominations

It’s time again this year to volunteer yourself or nominate someone else to run for a position on the Alumni Association Council in the Spring 2017 election. We need you and your Cooper friends to be active and support the school; we need volunteers to help fund-raise for the school to aid in getting us Back to Free, run the Alumni Association, improve alumni engagement, and more.

Consent Decree Update

The New York State Attorney General appointed Kroll Associates, Inc. to serve as the Financial Monitor.  The Financial Monitor attends all board meetings, and all meetings of the Finance and Business Affairs Committee and the Free Education Committee, and may attend other committee meetings at its discretion.                                                                            Learn More


 Annual Fund

AF_graphicThe 2017 Annual Fund is off to a strong start! As of this writing, alumni participation is up 17% from this time last year. Total gifts to the Annual Fund (from all individuals and organizations) stands at $430,000 with about $270,000 from Cooper alumni.

The Cooper Union Alumni Affairs and Development Office launched a new program this summer. The Innovators Society is a new group for philanthropic giving made up exclusively of donors that contribute at or above the $1,000 level to The Cooper Union Annual Fund. These donors receive recognition on website, invitations to special receptions, waived fees for some Cooper events, and more. Please click here for details.

The CUAA encourages support of the Annual Fund as the top choice for alumni, parents and friends looking to make donations to Cooper Union.  An Annual Fund donation is unrestricted, making it a flexible and instantly available source of student funding that can be used when and where it is needed the most. Please click here to make your tax-deductible donation to the Annual Fund.

Alumni Directory

The Cooper Union is partnering with Publishing Concepts Inc (PCI)  to verify alumni information and create an updated Alumni Directory. PCI website

The alumni directory will be available for purchase in digital or hardback editions and your information will be used for news, events, and vital fundraising and volunteer efforts. All data will be updated in The Cooper Union’s online directory and will be a great benefit for our alumni community.  View Online Directory

The CUAA supports this project and encourages you to update your information with PCI by calling 866-558-4898.


Call for Nominations for 2017 Founder’s Day Annual Awards

2017 Founders Day Award Nomination Form

Each Fall the CUAA collects nominations for the Gano Dunn, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John Q Hejduk and Peter Cooper Service Awards.  Any member of the Cooper Union Community can make a nomination by completing the nomination form and submitting it to

Learn more about the Awards

Recent Alumni Events

 11/13/16  Washington DC Alumni Event   

This event was arranged by the Cooper Union Alumni Affairs and Development office and the Washington Regional Group.  The event took place on Sunday, November 13 from 2:00–4:00 p.m.  at DC Metro Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, and included a tour of an exhibit by Cooper alumnus Whitfield Lovell ‘81 .  Alumni and parents both attended.  Acting Dean of the School of Art Mike Essl, and Acting President Bill Mea, shared updates about The Cooper  Union.                                                                                                        See Photos


11/15/16     Casual San Francisco Alumni Meet-up      

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Members of the Cooper family from New York and San Francisco came together on November 15th.  Multiple alumni were in town for the AICHE Annual meeting and they were warmly received by alumni from the San Francisco Regional Group.  They came together at the Urban Tavern on O’Farrell Street and then moved to a SpeakEasy, Bourbon and Branch, that has been preserved from the Prohibition era.  Learn More

11/22/16    Harvest Festival

pie served at 2016 Harvest FestivalFall Festival 11-22-16The Cooper Union Culinary Club (Student Group) held a Harvest Festival with Thanksgiving favorites on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.  The meal included fresh roasted turkey and several side dishes.  The CUAA contributed the dessert which was pie.  Alumni served apple, pumpkin and pecan pies to about 200 students in the 4th floor lounge.  The alumni who assisted were Kelly Occhiuzzo Zack A’90, Robert Tan AR’81, and Mary Lynch ChE’82.  This is the 2nd year that alumni and students have participated in this popular seasonal event.   Learn More


Alumni Profiles

Hudson R. Searing, EE 1916

sketch of Hudson Searing 2Hudson R. Searing, EE 1916 was the first alumnus to be elected as an Alumni Trustee.  He was also the first alumnus to be selected by the Cooper Union Alumni Association for the Alumnus of the Year award.  He is a graduate of the Night School of Engineering and the first of 3 alumni to become president of Consolidated Edison of New York.  He is admired for designing the first AC electric networks in New York City and for helping to integrate many predecessor companies into the Consolidated Edison Company.   Learn More


John O’Rourke, Eng 1876

johnorrourke1John O’Rourke graduated first in his class from Cooper Union. He was in the class of 1876 and was considered a protégé of Peter Cooper, who took great interest in him as a student.  In 1882 he was lead engineer on the development of the Wisconsin Central’s St. Croix River Bridge, which was a half-mile long, 115 feet above water level, and on a difficult foundation. He later inspected the steel bridges across the Ohio River, worked on rail lines throughout the Midwest, and served as Chief Engineer of the Poughkeepsie Bridge, one of the biggest bridges of its day.



Alumni accomplishments are featured prominently on the CUAA website and in a new Class Notes section of the website.

Share your accomplishments by posting them on The Official CUAA FaceBook page ,  LinkedIn Group or emailing them to CUAA.


School Events

11/2/2016  From The Lab Event at 41 Cooper Square

lab sustainability

This was the second event in a series highlighting innovative research at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering.  Alumni and parents met with Cooper faculty and students who are actively researching ways to minimize our carbon footprint and counter years of ecological damage. The event began with light refreshments in the Gelman Foyer of 41 Cooper Square.  Learn More



11/2/16     Architecture Summit.

Untapped Cities and the Museum of the City of New York presented A Public Summit for the The Future of Penn Station at Cooper Union from 7 pm to 9:30 pm in The Great Hall. Gina Pollara AR’91, Elizabeth Diller AR’79 and John Schettino A’82 were some of the panelists.

Student Exhibits

Exhibits this week in the Foundation Building.
Opening reception on November 29, 6-8PM.
Quinci Baker A’17 in the 1st floor Colonnade of the Foundation Building
Art of the Book in the 2nd floor lobby of the Foundation Building
Experimental Printmaking in the 5th floor lobby of the Foundation Building
Exchange Exhibition in the 6th floor lobby of the Foundation Building
Oskar Russakis A’18 and Louis Osmosis A’18 in the 7th floor lobby of the Foundation Building

Group exhibition in 41 Cooper Gallery
Oskar Russakis and Louis Osmosis  exhibition titled: Workshop Content Generation.

See Full Exhibit Schedule


School Groups

Cooper Motorsports

The Cooper Union Motorsports group has been testing possible design ideas by modifying the 2016 car.  The photo shows performance testing of a new stabilizer.  Team members are beginning to build the 2017 car and urgently need funds to purchase supplies.  You may donate to the Motorsports Team using this form.  Please write “Cooper Motor Sports” in the blank designated “Other.”   Form

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SWEet Talk 2016

Cooper’s Society of Women Engineers chapter hosted their annual SWEat talk Tuesday 11/29 with an alumni panel to answer student questions including Jacqueline Le ME’16, Yara Elborosy CE’14, Lauren Bernales EE’14, and Ciera Lowe ChE’14!



12/8/16      Cooper in Boston –Thursday, December 8, 2016

                      6:30 to 8:30 pm   RSVP by Monday, December 5          Learn More                                                                                                               

12/8/16          Holiday Party — Thursday, December 8, 2016

Phebe’s Bar and Grill, 359 Bowery, from 6 to 10 PM.                    Learn More

6/2 – 6/4/17     Reunion Weekend    Three Days of Fun         Learn More


Useful Links

Recent editions of the CU Student Newspaper, The Pioneer, can be read on-line.

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