TEDx at Cooper Union

January 30, 2012

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Alumna Nina Tandon (EE'2001) is working with Professor Toby Cumberbatch to organize a TEDx Conference at Cooper Union on Tuesday, April 24 from 5-9 p.m. in the Rose Hall. The conference theme will be Found in Translation, exploring the intersections between engineering, art, architecture and the humanities with the intention that lateral thinking and cross sector discussions initiate new connections and inspire new ideas.

Applications for talks will open on February 1 at tedxcooperunion.com. Tandon, a senior TED fellow, is a 2001 graduate of The Cooper Union and an adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering. She is an electrical and biomedical engineer at Columbia University's Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering. Cumberbatch is a professor of Electrical Engineering at The Cooper Union.

  • 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.