January 2021 Council Meeting

The first Council Meeting of 2021 will be held on January 21, 2021. It will be a virtual event. Register to receive Zoom Link.

Founder’s Day 2021 Celebrations

The 2021 CUAA Founder’s Day Awards Ceremony will be on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 7:00 PM ET. It will be followed by a Q&A with the Founder’s Day Award recipients immediately following the ceremony on Zoom. Watch for information on how to submit questions to the award winners in your email. Register as part of Cooper Together

Gano Dunn Award for professional achievement in engineering, industry, science or finance — Stephen Welby, ChE ’87 

Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award for professional achievement in art — Ashley Bryan, A ’46 

John Q, Hejduk Award  for professional achievement in architecture — Peggy Deamer, Ar ’77 

Peter Cooper Public Service Award for extraordinary contributions to society — Jennifer Fenton Weishaupt ChE ’95 

Alumna of the YearSusan Shaw A’72

Young Alumna of the YearAnna Brook BSE’04

History of Founder’s Day

Here is a look back at the beginnings of the annual Founder’s Day Celebration. Link

History of the Cooper Union Hall of Fame

The creation of the Cooper Union Hall of Fame was announced in 2008 and the first Hall of Fame Celebration was held in 2009. The Hall of Fame rollout coincided with the 150th anniversary of the Cooper Union. Learn more about the history of the Hall of Fame. Link

Cooper Together Celebrations will be happening in February.

You’re invited to join us for Cooper Together 2021, the annual celebration of Peter Cooper’s birthday, now as a virtual event for the first time ever! The Cooper Together 2021 Global Block Party will feature a mix of live, interactive programs and on-demand content from February 1-10, 2021. Learn More & Register


1/21/2021 January CUAA Council Meeting  Register

1/26/2021 Alumni Showcase Series Talk | Karen Bausman AR ’82

2/1/2021 – 2/10/2021 Cooper Together Global Block Party  More

2/2/2021 First Tuesday Event  CU-Themed Trivia Night

2/10/2021 2021 CUAA Founders Day Awards Ceremony

2/13/2021 February CUAA Council Meeting Register

3/2/2021 First Tuesday Event


Alumni in Law Affinity Group

The Cooper Union Alumni in Law affinity group held a virtual mixer on December 2, 2020. About 20 alumni attended from across the country. 

The mixer started with an interactive presentation by Anna Brook BSE ’04 showing how to make sugar-free ice cream at home. Alumni then shared “life hacks” from the past few months. Helpful tips included working out while on conference calls without video, using virtual backgrounds to mask children walking into home offices, and enjoying bird-watching during breaks.

To join the Alumni in Law Affinity Group, please email Hannah.Teskey@cooper.edu.

First Tuesday Events

The CUAA Events Committee recently hosted trivia nights as part of the First Tuesdays series. The December 1, 2020, and January 5, 2021, events each had more than 20 contestants answering questions on topics ranging from Peter Cooper’s family to Cooper Union events to music to the Seven Wonders of the World. Several more alumni from all three schools logged on to watch the fun. Tori Davis BSE ’05, and Anna Brook BSE ’04 were the respective winners, and each won their choice of several Cooper Union merchandise items.

CUAA Authors

Several Alumni have authored or edited books that were released in 2020. See our summary. Link

Dr. James Haywood Rolling, Jr., A’88 Growing Up Ugly: Memoirs of a Black Boy Daydreaming is an inspirational coming-of-age memoir by Dr. James Haywood Rolling, Jr., A’88. Dr. Rolling is currently Dual Professor of Arts Education and Teaching & Leadership and an affiliated faculty member in African American Studies at Syracuse University. Dr. Rolling will begin his elected term of office as President of the National Art Education Association in 2021.  The book can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com

School News

CU Motor Sports

Cooper Union Motorsports Update

Recently, in accordance with the Electric Vehicle (EV) Transition Timeline,
the team have begun to prioritize EV design by looking to research EV design requirements. They plan to purchase an electric motor in January and are looking to start gathering preliminary designs.
The team has now incorporated Siemens PLM Software instead of Solidworks for the designing work. The Siemens PLM Software was selected for its more efficient CAD infrastructure.

CU Steel Bridge Team

“The Cooper Union Steel Bridge Team is a student-run organization that designs, fabricates, and assembles a 22-foot steel bridge for the AISC competition every year. The team raises funds from donations from engineering firms and Cooper Union alumni to purchase materials needed for the bridge.

Like many things in the past year, the 2020 Steel Bridge competition was canceled. For 2021, AISC has created an entirely virtual competition. Teams will prepare a 3D model of their bridge and conduct simulated loading with a structural analysis software. Teams must also submit a report of 10-15 pages detailing the process and rationale behind the design, and a video promoting our bridge design. Learn More Website Instagram

In Memoriam

See who we have lost during 2020 Link

See who we have lost during 2021 Link

Alumni Directory is On-Line
Use the Alumni Directory to find your classmates by selecting Alumni Tab on the https://www.support.cooper.edu website. Next select Find Your Classmates in the column on the left side of the page.  You need to have your Username and Password to log in (you may get both by registering on the login screen).  Follow this link to go directly to the Alumni Directory (or to the login page that leads to the Alumni Directory if you are not already logged in).
The school has two websites, cooper.edu and support.cooper.edu, and CUAA has one, cooperalumni.org.

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