On Feb. 6, 2018, Laura Sparks was officially inaugurated as the 13th president of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, becoming the first woman to hold the position. Although Sparks has already served as president for roughly one year since assuming the role, the inauguration was a fresh start to what Rachel Warren, chair of the Board of Trustees, called “Cooper Union’s next chapter.”
Invention Factory, an innovative summer undergraduate program started by professors Alan Wolf and Eric Lima in 2013, is expanding to Indian Institute of Technology in Gandhinagar, India in addition running at the Cooper Union and Syracuse University.
According to a new directive from Dean Stock, the weekly contact hours of courses in the School of Engineering must match the number of credits granted, effective starting fall 2018. The measure primarily affects required math, chemistry, and physics courses, many of which meet for more hours per week than credits granted. For example, Ma 113 (Calculus II) meets five hours per week, despite being a four-credit course.
Last Monday, on the eve of the inauguration of President Laura Sparks, Cooper students, along with invitees from the Aspen Institute and Public Theater, filled up the Great Hall for an evening of truth.
The plan hopes to raise the average annual scholarship level of 76% to 100% by the 2029 fiscal year.
On January 15, 2018, the Free Education Committee of the Cooper Union, or FEC, released a comprehensive plan that proposed a method to return the Cooper Union to a full-tuition scholarship model by 2029. The plan estimates a much closer deadline than the previous estimate of 2039 from the January 2017 Progress Report. The plan is described as “multi-pronged,” requiring a focus on fundraising and expense management. Through small increments over the next ten years, the plan hopes to raise the average annual scholarship level of 76% to 100% by the 2029 fiscal year.
TrioCup, the lid-less, spill-resistant, user-friendly, and economical paper cup by three Cooper Alumni Austin Wong (ME ‘17), Tom Chan (ME ‘17), and Daniel McNulty II (ChE ‘17), had its first commercial trials at the Bean at 3rd Avenue and Stuyvesant, next to the Cooper Union Residence Hall.