Alumni Giving

The CUAA Annual Fund would like to THANK YOU, the 2,184 Alumni who collectively gifted over $3,098,453 to our Alma Mater in fiscal year 2021-2022! The Cooper Union is steadily moving forward towards the plan to reinstate full scholarships. THANK YOU to everyone who has donated this 2022-23 fiscal year. Your generous support helps keep Cooper Union on track to achieve the goals set forth in the 10-year plan to return to 100% scholarships for all students!  Learn More

Call for Ballot Nominations

Nominations were accepted until November 21, 2022 for positions on the spring 2023 ballot.  This includes CUAA President, VP Alumni Activities, VP Faculty Student Liason, Alumni Trustee, Secretary, Treasurer, and Council Members. Learn More

Alumni News Notes

Alumni are encouraged to submit their Class Notes to the school Development Office, so they can be shared with fellow alumni! Alumni notes include accomplishments of all kinds. Click here to submit your note. You can view published notes here.”

Affinity Groups Event

On November 14, 2022, the Cooper Union Alumni on Wall Street and Law Affinity Groups held a joint event. Alumni and students interested in finance or law met at the Copper Still for food, drink, and conversation.

Malcolm King (EE ’97) and Anna Brook (BSE ’04) addressed the group to thank those who attended and to highlight the affinity groups’ fundraising successes.

To join the CUWS or Alumni in Law Affinity Groups, please email

CUAA Events

  • 12/1/2022  Donald Rapp ChE ‘55 kicked off CUAA’s Alumni Speaker Series Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 6:00 PM ET in Cooper’s new Civic Projects Lab at 41 Cooper Square (or virtual). Over his lifetime, Donald accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge and contributed to science, technology, and engineering in an inspiring and unique way.

Upcoming CUAA Council Meetings

The next CUAA council meeting will be held on December 14th via Zoom and beginning at 6:30 PM. All alumni are invited to attend. Registration is required to get Zoom link. Register

12/14/2022 Annual CUAA Holiday Party will be held next Wednesday at 6:00 PM at Phebe’s. Come celebrate with the CUAA! All alumni, family, friends, students, faculty & staff are invited. Please join us for some food and grab a drink to celebrate the holiday season!

When:   Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 6:00 pm 
Where:  Phebe’s 
              359 Bowery
              New York, NY  10003
     Pay as you go drinks including Happy Hour specials.
Nibbles will be provided compliments of the CUAA.
Please RSVP here

CU Hall of Fame

More than 300 alumni are included in the CU Hall of Fame. This month we feature three alumni from the class of 1955.

Thomas Aidala, AR’55, has helped shape cities worldwide through design for more than thirty years.  From 1971 to 1974 Thomas Aidala served as the Director of Planning and Design with the Greater Hartford Community Development Corporation, an experimental approach to city renewal which included the design of a new town in Coventry, CT.  He then worked as an architect/urban design consultant working on the design of a new city for 350,000 people in Saudi Arabia and a design for St. Helena, CA.  Later, he was the Principal Architect, Urban Designer and Principal Design Consultant for the San Jose Redevelopment Agency. Learn More

Martin Charnin A’55 wrote the music and lyrics for numerous off-Broadway and Broadway musicals. He was also a Broadway Director. He is world renown for creating, writing the lyrics for, and directing the musical, Annie. In the early 1970s, he wrote and directed 6 television variety specials. He wrote songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Rod McKuen, Grace Jones, Jay-Z, Nancy Wilson, Andrea McArdle, Shelly Burch, and others. Learn More

Dr. Richard Slember ME’55 was an expert on nuclear power technology. He had a long career at Westinghouse and ABB. He retired as President and interim CEO of Asea Brown Boveri’s (ABB) Americas Region in 1996. He also developed the first probabilistic risk assessment for nuclear plants.  He has authored numerous articles for technical and business journals and contributed to the ASME code for nuclear vessels.  Learn More

School News

CU IEEE Chapter

Cooper IEEE is developing new initiatives, for the Spring semester, to increase engagement between current students and EE alumni, to build a stronger community after the pandemic. We are  requesting alumni guest speakers to present on various topics, such as their field of work, professional experience, and personal endeavors. Cooper IEEE is also searching for hackathon sponsors for a hardware hackathon we will be holding with Columbia University’s IEEE student chapter, with benefits including presenting workshops and recruiting opportunities. Please contact Jon Lu at if interested in either, or other potential events!

Cooper Motorsports Team

The CU Motorsports Team is building an electric vehicle for the first time since 2010. This is part of a 2-year effort and the car is now being assembled. The team invites alumni to follow the assembly and testing progress on Facebook where they regularly post updates. The team welcomes alumni participation and is planning some Design Defense dates and some car testing days when alumni help is needed. Email: for more information.

CU AICHE Chapter

The CU AICHE Chapter kicked off the semester with an oobleck event, where students had the opportunity to learn about non-Newtonian fluids and made oobleck from cornstarch and water. We then had a site visit to Cresilon, a biotechnology company based in Brooklyn. They also hosted a professor meet and greet, attended the National AICHE conference in Arizona, and are hosting their own research symposium featuring student research. Learn More

In Memoriam

See who we have lost during 2022 Link

Stay Informed

There are various ways to stay informed about the Cooper Union and the CUAA. The CUAA posts regularly on multiple social media platforms, including The Official Cooper Union Alumni Association Page | New York NY | Facebook and   The Cooper Union Alumni Association | Groups | LinkedIn

Cooper’s website is and the CUAA’s is