Fred L. Fontaine

Jesse Sherman Professor of Electrical Engineering, Chair of Electrical Engineering, Director of the Immigrant Engineer Retraining Program

B.E., M.E., The Cooper Union
M.S., New York University, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology

Professor and Jesse Sherman Chair of Electrical Engineering
Director of Immigrant Engineer Retraining Program

Member of Cooper Union engineering faculty since 1987

  • 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.