ASCE Student Chapter

Ranked in the top 5 percentile, Cooper's ASCE student chapter received a 2019 Certificate of Commendation. The Metropolitan section of ASCE awarded the Cooper Union a Centennial Award as a school granting Civil Engineering degrees that have been in operation for over 100 years and has made significant contribution to the building of New York City.

Cooper Union’s ASCE Student Chapter is dedicated to getting civil engineering students involved in their field, both in school and out of school. Our chapter holds weekly events, providing educational lectures, company visits, career-oriented development, and networking events.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is the oldest engineering professional society in the United States. Founded in 1852, ASCE seeks to ensure quality civil engineering education and sound civil engineering practice in the field. The organization hosts many conferences, professional development lectures, and meetings across the world. Student membership to ASCE is free, with small fees incurred to join specific sections ($5 to join the Metropolitan Section). Membership offers a variety of rewards, including access to professional literature, scholarship opportunities, and more.


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.