Environmental Engineering

Description: Civil engineering is made up of many diverse fields. Among these are the design and construction of buildings, towers, bridges, airports, tunnels, sustainable structures such as green roofs, streets, walls and rain gardens. New York City includes all these structures along with the challenges of being a coastal city. The students will work on a civil engineering problem critical for preserving the environment and protecting the infrastructure of New York City: storm surge protection. Student will learn tools for modeling, drawing for engineering, experimenting and presenting work. With the guidance of a Cooper Union professor and students, participants will develop environmental engineering proposals to make New York City a safer, healthier and more livable space.

Instructors: Jared Rogovin, a Cooper Union Almuni, and Cooper Union student teaching assistants

Prerequisites: none


- Session 1: July 6 to July 23, 2020 

- Session 2: July 27 to August 13, 2020

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday


- Workshops 10:30 am - 12 pm

- Breakout sessions 1:00 – 2:00 pm or 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Time per day: 2.5 hours/day plus 30-60 minutes project work

Location: Online

Teaching method: Synchronous. The instructor and teaching assistants will lead students through scheduled lectures, discussions and demonstrations.


- Paper

- Pencil and/or pen

- Ruler (cm)

- Compass

Technology Requirements:

Class: Computer or smart phone with camera and microphone to participate in online video class (Zoom).

Project work: Computer with WiFii to use web-based software (TBD, Microsoft office) and file management system (Microsoft Teams).  Scanner or camera to document drawings and take photographs of research and upload to presentation and portfolio.

Credits: 0.00

Course Code: STEM 203

Instructor(s): Vito A. Guido

  • 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.