From the Space Race
to the GPS

We're so excited to share some of Cooper's greatest untold stories, and to celebrate the alumni and friends who learned, taught, spoke, and inspired the world here. 

After The Cooper Union launched their careers, these alumni launched our imaginations to the stars, and beyond - many of the innovations that allow us to explore and understand our universe are #COOPERMADE. Join graduates Russell Hulse ENG'70, Maxine Nietz CE'69, Dick Schwartz ME'57, and Meyer Steinberg ChE'44 on a journey through the cosmos

Check back soon for additional content about Cooper people who found innovative ways to make their mark on nearly every aspect of our daily lives!

Your support enables the next #COOPERMADE generation to make their impact on the world. Invest in a future that is #COOPERMADE today!

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COOPERMADE Air and Space

A Nobel Prize in Physics

The Voyager Probe Missions


The Manhattan Project

COOPERMADE NYC Landmarks and Legends

NYC Sculpture and Monuments

The High Line

Monument to Women's Rights Pioneers 

COOPERMADE Kids Characters


Betty Boop

Clifford the Big Red Dog

The Magic School Bus

Harold and the Purple Crayon



NYC Tap Water





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  • 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.