The ME faculty at Cooper Union are enthusiastic about establishing partnerships with individuals, companies, and research institutions in an effort to sustain the departmentís mission. These interactions can take on many forms and have no time limit. Among the most popular of these opportunities are the following:

  1. Sponsoring a research project in the Senior Capstone Design course (ME 163 and ME 164). This yearlong sequence allows students to design, analyze, fabricate, test, and report on a creative, real-world problem. Sponsorship can consist of posing the problem and/or contributing the funds and/or materials to investigate the feasibility of a concept.

  2. Laboratory naming opportunities are especially attractive to many who see the new academic building at 41 Cooper Square as a means to train the leading problem-solvers of the future. Our state-of-the-art laboratories require an industrial presence; this type of relationship can begin with naming the lab for your company.

  3. Donations to projects or programs (e.g. student projects like ASME competitions, the FSAE Formula Car, the Biomedical Engineering Societyís projects, etc.) in cash, kind, or services would establish your companyís presence and highlight its shared commitment to undergraduate education.

  4. Funded projects through the C.V. Starr Foundation provide long- and short-term opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to perform the research and development work that companies need, but may lack either the lab facilities or the person-power to perform. Intellectual property and non-disclosure agreements have been successfully instituted in the past to ensure that innovations are protected in this technology incubator. Interdisciplinary collaborations with other departments within Cooper Union or at other institutions or government laboratories are highly encouraged and sought.

Please contact Stan Wei for further information.