Text Size A A A A Class Notes Submit your Class Note Browse events by School, Decade, OR Note Type: School Architecture Art Engineering Decade 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 Note Type Event Exhibition Job Update Memorials Personal Publication Special Recognition Marisa Lago PHY'77 Marisa Lago was appointed to be NYC’s next Director of Department of City Planning and Chair of City Planning Commission Read more Marisa Lago PHY'77 Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Marisa Lago as NYC’s next Director of Department of City Planning and Chair of City Planning Commission. Read announcement Audrey Flack A'51 Audrey Flack is receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Women’s Caucus of Art Read more Audrey Flack A'51 Audrey Flack, pioneer of photorealism and nationally known painter and sculptor, will be recognized for her achievements by the Women’s Caucus of Art on Saturday, February 18. Read more Rubin Rabinowitz E'42 Rubin Rabinowitz passed away at the age of 97 Read more Rubin Rabinowitz E'42 Rubin Rabinowitz, a leader in the dye industry and generous donor to The Cooper Union, passed away on November 30. Read obituary Vivian Berman A'49 Vivian Berman passed away on December 31 Read more Vivian Berman A'49 Vivian Berman of Lexington and Gloucester, MA passed away peacefully on New Years Eve. Read obituary Linn Meyers A'90 Linn Meyers' show at the Hirshhorn Museum gains media attention Read more Linn Meyers A'90 Linn Meyers has a show "Our View From Here," on display at the Hirshhorn Museum. It recently inspired a poem in Hyperallergic. Read more Philip Singer CE'63 A professorship has been established in Philip Singer’s name at the University of North Carolina Read more Philip Singer CE'63 Drs. Gregory Characklis (center, standing) and Philip Singer (center, seated) were honored by current and former department faculty, shown above. Gregory Characklis, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the Center for Watershed Science and Management in the UNC Institute for the Environment, has been named the inaugural Philip C. Singer Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the Gillings School. The professorship was announced at a reception held Nov. 11 to honor Philip Singer, PhD, professor emeritus of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings. Characklis, who earned a doctoral degree from Rice University in 1999, joined the UNC faculty in 2001 and became director of the Center for Watershed Science and Management in 2011. His research interests include the development of improved strategies for managing water supply and treatment systems, exploration of the economic and environmental trade-offs associated with energy production (e.g., hydropower and biofuels), and the management of environmental financial risks. He has obtained more than $17 million in extramural funding to support his work and has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. In 2011, he was named a Leopold Leadership Fellow by Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment; in 2014, he was invited to the U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, a premiere honor bestowed by the National Academies of Sciences for distinguished young scientists. In 2015, Characklis completed a term as president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, an organization in which both he and Singer have been active. “Professor Characklis is an outstanding choice to further Dr. Singer’s legacy,” said Barbara Turpin, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. “He integrates engineering and economic principles to develop sustainable, systems-based approaches for effective water quality management, energy production decision-making and environmental risk management. His work and the engaged research of his students, while at UNC and in their subsequent careers, have made positive impacts on water management planning in communities across the country. We wish Greg a long and productive career on our faculty as the Singer Distinguished Professor.” Turpin also said that the professorship is a fitting tribute to Singer’s contributions to the study of drinking water quality, as well as a testament to his career-long devotion to students, friends and colleagues. “Phil’s dedication to public health protection, to his profession, to this institution and to our alumni make us all proud,” she shared. An alumnus of Cooper Union, Northwestern University and Harvard University, Singer is an internationally renowned expert in water-quality issues, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and recipient of numerous awards. His scholarly work has been documented in more than 240 scientific articles. Currently, he serves on the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee, which provides guidance on long-term solutions to the water issues in Flint, Mich. The fundraising effort for the Singer Professorship was championed by Singer’s former students and spearheaded by Doug Owen, who earned a master’s degree in environmental sciences and engineering from UNC in 1982. Ninety-two members of the Gillings School community, from 21 different states, came together to honor Singer by contributing to the professorship fund. The average gift was more than $3,000, with the total contributed and matching funds from the state bringing the amount in the professorship fund to more than $500,000. “It is a great honor to be awarded the Singer Distinguished Professorship — all the more so as it is named for Phil,” said Characklis. “I had the great honor of working with him as a young faculty member and consider him an ideal role model, one who perfectly blended excellence in research with superb teaching and selfless devotion to service.” Eli Mayerfeld BSE'91 Eli Mayerfeld named CEO of the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills Read more Eli Mayerfeld BSE'91 The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills, MI has named Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld as its new CEO. Read announcement Leo Brancato EE'50 Leo Brancato passed away on December 26 Read more Leo Brancato EE'50 Leo Brancato passed away peacefully on December 26 in Long Island. Read obituary Barbara Asta Pannequin A'65 Barbara Asta Pannequin passed away on November 18, 2016 Read more Barbara Asta Pannequin A'65 Ms. Asta Pannequin passed away on November 18. Read full obituary Albert Roberts EE'50 Albert Roberts passed away on December 8, 2016 Read more Albert Roberts EE'50 Mr. Roberts passed away peacefully in West Lafayette, Indiana. Read obituary James N. Kienitz Wilkins A'07 James N. Kienitz Wilkins was chosen to participate in the Whitney Biennial Read more James N. Kienitz Wilkins A'07 Artist and filmmaker Mr. Kienitz Wilkins will be part of the Whitney Biennial, beginning in March 2017. Read more Jules Saslow ChE'60 Jules Saslow passed away on August 15, 2016 Read more Jules Saslow ChE'60 Chemical engineer Julius "Jules" Saslow passed away in his hometown of Cincinnati. Read full obituary Gina Pollara AR'91 and John Schettino A'82 John Schettino and Gina Pollara were part of the public program ‘A Summit for The Future of Penn Station’ Read more Gina Pollara AR'91 and John Schettino A'82 This November, John Schettino and Gina Pollara stepped onto The Cooper Union’s Great Hall Stage for the first time since receiving their diplomas. John was an organizer of the public program ‘A Summit for The Future of Penn Station.’ Over 800 people attended and more than 1000 people live streamed the event. In addition to being an organizer of the event, John also participated in the evening’s panel discussion and gave an individual presentation on his wayfinding design project, The New York Penn Station Atlas. Gina Pollara, president of the Municipal Art Society, was a panelist at the event alongside other speakers New York’s top urban planning and infrastructure groups. Marilyn Henrion A'52 Marilyn Henrion releases archival prints Read more Marilyn Henrion A'52 Marilyn Henrion has begun selling archival prints of her selected works, available here. Daniel Kowler ChE'65 Dr. Daniel Kowler passed away Read more Daniel Kowler ChE'65 Dr. Daniel Edward Kowler, of Richmond, Va., passed away on July 2, 2016. Read obituary Anamaria Bonilla CE’96 Anamaria Bonilla honored by the League of Railway Industry Women Read more Anamaria Bonilla CE’96 The League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW) named MTA Metro-North Railroad Assistant Chief Engineer Track and Structures Anamaria Bonilla, P.E., 2016 Outstanding Woman of the Year. Read more Wangechi Mutu A'97 Wangechi Mutu received the Rees Humanitarian award Read more Wangechi Mutu A'97 In June, Wangechi Mutu received the Rees Humanitarian award award by Amref Health Africa. Jennifer Lee AR'97 Jennifer Lee's pratice, OBRA Architects, is the subject of an exhibition Read more Jennifer Lee AR'97 OBRA Architects is featured in an exhibition at the Architektur Galerie Berlin. Exquisite Corpse OBRA Architects for Architektur Galerie Berlin OBRA dismembers its sketchbooks to show them two-sided, page after page in continuous sequences. The sketchbooks contain drawings and notes recounting the design of several projects. Due to the binding structure of the sketchbooks, mostly organized in signatures of eight pages, detaching, unfolding and laying the pages flat side-by-side scrambles the original chronology of drawing effacing the original vector of intention of the work. Jean Foos A'75 Jean Foos is in a group exhibition Read more Jean Foos A'75 Jean Foos is in a group show presented by Hunter College Art Galleries: "Something Possible Everywhere: Pier 34, NYC 1983-84" from September 30–November 20 at 205 Hudson Gallery, 205 Hudson Street, New York, New York. The hours are Wednesday–Sunday, 1–6 p.m. Jennifer Fenton Weishaupt ChE ‘95 Jennifer Fenton Weishaupt’s business named to 2016 Inner City 100 list Read more Jennifer Fenton Weishaupt ChE ‘95 The Ruby Slipper Café, a family owned and operated restaurant business was named to the prestigious 2016 Inner City 100 list by The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Fortune. Full list Shirley Jaffe A'45 Shirley Jaffe passed away on September 29 Read more Shirley Jaffe A'45 Shirley Jaffe passed away on September 29 in Louveciennes, France, near Versailles, at the age of 92. She had a career in Paris as a painter. Read more Jay Maisel A’52 Retrospective of photographer Jay Maisel Read more Jay Maisel A’52 Photographer Jay Maisel will have a 60-year retrospective during the 2016 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, October 20-22. Learn more Ivy Dachman A’72 Ivy Dachman’s show at AIR Gallery Read more Ivy Dachman A’72 Ivy Dachman is showing recent paintings at AIR Gallery, October 13 - November 13. The opening reception is October 13th from 6-8 p.m., 155 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn. Don Bolognese A'54 Don Bolognese is teaching a drawing course Read more Don Bolognese A'54 Don Bolognese is co-instructor for a course, Drawing from Life, at the Landgrove Inn in Landgrove, Vermont, October 24-27. Paul Villinski A'84 Paul Villinski in Sculpture magazine Read more Paul Villinski A'84 Paul Villinski's work was featured in an article in the October Sculpture magazine entitled: "Seducing Consciousness: A conversation with Paul Villinski" Kim Holleman A'95 Kim Holleman’s new mobile parklet at the Maker Faire Read more Kim Holleman A'95 Kim Holleman will exhibit a second version of her original Trailer Park - a fresh design set inside a 6' x 12' a ramp-back, V-Nose construction trailer - at the Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, October 1-2. José Augustín Fumero A’48 José Augustín Fumero passed away on September 16 Read more José Augustín Fumero A’48 José Augustín Fumero, a fine artist who committed his life to painting and fiber mosaics and advancing the arts in the communities of Charlotte and Blowing Rock, died September 16 at the age of 91. Read more Rose Daitsman ChE’46 Rose Daitsman received the Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award in Milwaukee Read more Rose Daitsman ChE’46 Lifelong human rights advocate Rose Daitsman was named one of the 2016 recipients of the Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award, a community honor in Milwaukee, WI. Carl ‘Joseph’ Burchfield A’68 Carl ‘Joseph’ Burchfield invites the community to Gowanus Open Studios Read more Carl ‘Joseph’ Burchfield A’68 Carl Burchfield invites the community to Gowanus Open Studios, October 14-16, 2016. The event showcases over 300 artists’ open studios, including Mr. Burchfield’s. More details Mary Briggs Leff A'44 Mary Briggs Leff passed away on September 4 Read more Mary Briggs Leff A'44 Mary Briggs Leff passed away on September 4 at the age of 94. Read obituary Lucian V. Del Priore PHY'74 Dr. Lucian V. Del Priore named the Robert R. Young Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale University Read more Lucian V. Del Priore PHY'74 Dr. Lucian V. Del Priore is newly named as the Robert R. Young Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale University. Dr. Del Priore specializes in the surgical and medical treatment of retinal disease, including age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, and ocular trauma. Read More Robert DeScenza CE'78 Bob DeScenza honored with City & State Reports’ Corporate Social Responsibility Award Read more Robert DeScenza CE'78 Thornton Tomasetti co-president Bob DeScenza, PE, LEED AP BD+C, received a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award from City & State Reports. He is among 28 business leaders recognized for his outstanding corporate citizenship. Joshua Pines EE'78 Joshua Pines elevated to Fellow by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Read more Joshua Pines EE'78 Joshua Pines, who is the Vice President of Imaging, Research and Development at Technicolor Production Services, was named as one of the 16 fellows this year by The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Barbara Kucynski Baio A'58 Barbara Kucynski Baio continues to expand her painting portfolio Read more Barbara Kucynski Baio A'58 Barbara Kuczynska Baio is living on the East Coast and making new discoveries in her art. Her portfolio is primarily oil on canvas. John Schettino A'82 John Schettino has been awarded a Graphic Design Fellowship with The Design Trust for Public Space Read more John Schettino A'82 John Schettino has been awarded a Graphic Design Fellowship with The Design Trust for Public Space. He will be part of the Design Trust’s Future Culture project team. John has also been nominated by Van Alen Institute for a 2017 NYSCA Independent Project Grant for his project, The New York Penn Station Atlas, pictured above. James Liubicich ChE'83 Jim Liubicich is co-chairing CUAA Membership Committee Read more James Liubicich ChE'83 Jim Liubicich is happy to be co-chairing CUAA's Membership Committee with Ling Chang EE '82 this year. Francis Y. Chin CE'71 Frank Chin elected to MBIA Inc.'s Board of Directors Read more Francis Y. Chin CE'71 Francis Y. "Frank" Chin was elected to the Board of Director at MBIA Inc., headquartered in Purchase, NY. Learn more Willard Warren EE'50 Bill Warren named IESNYC Member of the Month Read more Willard Warren EE'50 Bill Warren was named Member of the Month for the Illuminating Engineering Society of New York City. Read more in an interview with Warren here. Paul Wiita PHY'72 Paul Wiita has begun a sabbatical Read more Paul Wiita PHY'72 After serving 6 years as Chair of the Physics Department at the College of New Jersey, Paul has begun a sabbatical. He will be spending most of the next year in the home he and Brinda have purchased in San Carlos, California and will also be working in India. John Bittner ME'66 John Bittner is enjoying retirement in Virginia Read more John Bittner ME'66 John Bittner is enjoying his retirement from Johnson and Johnson living in Virginia. He lives in the Lake Monticello Community near Charlottesville. He will turn 83 on November 8. Bittner thanks Cooper Union for providing a wonderful education for pursuing his career in Engineering to a Director of Engineering position. He also is the recipient of over 30 issued U.S. Patents as a result of his work at General Electric and at Johnson & Johnson. TRUE A'96 TRUE started a free family film series in Bedford-Stuyvesant Read more TRUE A'96 TRUE moved to Bedford-Stuyvesant in 1999, and was dismayed at the lack of types of free cultural events he had grown accustomed to seeing when living in Manhattan. To remedy that lack, TRUE started The KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stay!, which shows free family films every Friday night in August in Fulton Park. The 17th season started Friday, August 5. Grace Stevens EE'69 Grace Stevens selected as an Amtrak Residency writer Read more Grace Stevens EE'69 In July, Grace Stevens was selected as one of 24 Amtrak Residency writers for 2016. She also published her second book, Musings On Living Authentically. In early August she joined the cable TV family of New England Pride TV and will be hosting regular segments called TRANS-actions, to update on issues for the transgender community. Lester Macklin ME'68 Lester Macklin retires Read more Lester Macklin ME'68 Lester Macklin "has the best job...Retired!" He also encourages unemployed alumni to post "Job Wanted" requests on this page. Richard Kalletta ME'71 Richard Kaletta is living in Colorado Read more Richard Kalletta ME'71 Richard Kalletta is living in Colorado Springs and selling stock options. Peter Chomowicz AR'89 Peter Chomowicz received his PhD form London Metropolitan University Read more Peter Chomowicz AR'89 Peter Chomowicz received his PhD form London Metropolitan University with his thesis: "The Search for City: Between Being and Seeming in Rapid Urbanisation of Doha, Qatar"; a hermeneutic phenomenological enquiry into the nature of the collective urban order of the contemporary global metropolis. Robert Moorhead CE’70 Robert Moorhead retires Read more Robert Moorhead CE’70 Bob Moorhead has retired after a 46-year career in transportation and municipal engineering in the Pacific Northwest. Josephine Halvorson A’03 Josephine Halvorson joined Boston University as Professor of Painting Read more Josephine Halvorson A’03 The Boston University School of Visual Arts has announced the appointment of Josephine Halvorson as professor of art and chair of graduate studies in painting. More information Kara Lentz CE'99 Kara Lentz joined HNTB in Dallas as a Senior Program Manager Read more Kara Lentz CE'99 Kara Lentz, PE, joins HNTB Corporation in Dallas as Senior Program Manager. She specifically work as the program manager for the firm’s five-year program management and construction management contract with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. More information Judith Allen A’44 Judith Allen passed away on July 18 Read more Judith Allen A’44 Judith E. Allen, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away in Menlo Park at the age of 95. Read obituary Elizabeth Diller AR'79 Elizabeth Diller has been awarded the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture Read more Elizabeth Diller AR'79 Elizabeth Diller has been awarded the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA). The award is given to “exceptional architects and researchers who over the course of their career have made significant and innovative contributions to the fields of architecture and computational design.” She will accept the award in October at the ACADIA conference, where she will also deliver a keynote address. Thomas La Porta EE'86, MEE'87 Thomas La Porta has been appointed as the director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Penn State University Read more Thomas La Porta EE'86, MEE'87 Image: Penn State Thomas La Porta has been appointed as the director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Penn State University. Dr. La Porta has been the William E. Leonhard Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. He joined Penn State in 2002. Read press release Jennifer Kim AR'14 Jennifer Kim joined the office of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects in June 2016 Read more Jennifer Kim AR'14 Image: AOS Architects Jennifer Kim joined the office of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects in June, 2016. Agatino Panasci A'49 Agatino Salvadore Panasci, "Tino," 91, of South Dennis, MA, passed away Sunday, June 19 Read more Agatino Panasci A'49 Agatino Salvadore Panasci, "Tino," 91, of South Dennis, MA, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016. Read his full obituary Barbara Asch A'57 Barbara Asch passed away on June 18 Read more Barbara Asch A'57 Barbara Asch of Bridgehampton passed away at the age of 90. A graduate of Wheaton College and Cooper Union, she was a book designer and art therapist. Read obituary Edward Nilsson AR'70 Ed Nilsson presented a paper at Kuwait's Dar-al-Athar-Islamiyyah (DAI) museum Modern Architecture Kuwait symposium Read more Edward Nilsson AR'70 Ed Nilsson presented a paper at Kuwait's Dar-al-Athar-Islamiyyah (DAI) museum Modern Architecture Kuwait symposium on the design of Souk Al Wataniya, a 700,000 square feet housing, commercial and parking facility in Kuwait City. Ed was principal design architect of the building while at The Architects Collaborative (TAC). Photo courtesy of R. Camacho. Louis Theodore ChE'55 Louis Theodore published a new book, Basketball Coaching 101 Read more Louis Theodore ChE'55 Louis Theodore published a new book, Basketball Coaching 101. The book was also made available for Kindle this year.