Professional Development Group
The Professional Development Group (PDG) oversees and collaborates on a wide range of co-curricular programs and activities designed to enhance the engineering education of Cooper Union undergraduates through the development of communication, interpersonal, leadership, business, and professional skills.
The Center collaborates closely with the engineering school's communication initiative CONNECT.
CONNECT: Cooper's Own No Nonsense Engineering Communication Training
The need for skilled communicators increases daily as technologies become "smarter" and more user-friendly, disappearing under the surface of everyday office environments. The ability to conduct convincing face-to-face presentations and virtual long-distance video-conferences, as well as to communicate successfully over the telephone or Web, is necessary for success in the global economy. It is important to not only be a technically competent engineer, but also able to communicate that technology to a wider audience.