JSC Subcommittees

The 2013-2014 Joint Student Council


NOTE: The Art Student Council subcommittee information is not yet available.

Student Council Treasurers

Nicholas Breeser Leslie Dougrou
  Yao Yi


Student Council Secretaries

 Hunter MaytonDiego Gonzalez
 Andy Overton 
 Emily Adamo (alt) 


ESC Website Administrators

The members who administer the Engineering Student Council website and keep it up-to-date with current events.

  • Nick Breeser
  • Jessica Marshall
  • Eugene Sokolov


Representatives serving on the committees formed under faculty governance, noted with an asterisk (*), must be in good academic standing and have plurality.

NOTE: The Art Student Council subcommittee information is not yet available.

Academic Standards*

Each faculty has its own academic standards committee. The Academic Standards Subcommittees define the minimum academic performance acceptable to each faculty, review academic performances each semester, and determine whether students are allowed to continue at The Cooper Union or are asked to withdraw or are dismissed for failing to meet these standards. Students who fail to meet the minimum standard are asked to explain their academic performance to the committee. The Academic Standards Subcommittees meet at least three times a year (at the end of the fall semester, the week before Commencement, and the beginning of the summer.) All matters brought before the committees are confidential. The Academic Standards Subcommittees are also involved in cases involving academic dishonesty.

Emily GeorgeHunter MaytonMabel Jiang
Nicholas BreeserClara Zinky (alt)Daniel Hall (alt)
Karan Gill (alt)  

Administrative Chair

The Ad-Chairs run the individual student councils and the Joint Student Council. They administer the Student Councils by setting the agenda for the year and for the individual meetings, scheduling and running meetings, monitoring the performance of the individual representatives, and keeping records of the meetings. They serve as liaison to the Deans' offices. The Art Student Council elects one of their chairs to the Administrative Committee of the School of Art. The Engineering Student Council elects an assistant chair and a secretary to assist in the running of Engineering Student Council.

Hadar CohenAndrea OvertonMabel Jiang
Harrison CullenHunter MaytonDiego Gonzalez
Justin Richter (alt)  

Administrative Committees*

The Administrative Committees are formed under the governances of the Schools of Art and Architecture, respectively, which define the purview of the committee as: "The Committee shall be responsible for the general administration of the operations of the School and for matters not delegated nor within the purview of other standing committees, and shall serve as advisor to the Dean." Each school has a separate committee.

Andy OvertonMaya Krtic
Jakob Biernat (alt)Maja Knutson

Admissions Committee*

The Admissions Committee sets the policies on admissions and recruitment.

Nick BreeserJakob BeirnatNick Pacula
  Max Gideonse

Alumni Committee

This committee liaises with alumni on alumni-related issues.

Harrison CullenWaseem NafisiEmily Eberhart
Peter Ascoli Sam Choi
Justin Richter (alt)  

Board Chairman Commitee

The Board Chairman Committee meets with the chairman of the board for more effective discussion.


Bookfair Organizer

The student(s) in charge of preparing for the semesterly ESC Book Fair

  • Emily George
  • Jianqin Wang
  • Joshua Gittler

Campus Security Committee*

New York State requires the election of students to serve on a campus wide security committee to enforce state law. The mandate for the committee is: "The committee shall review current campus security policies and procedures and make recommendations for their improvement. It shall specifically review current policies and procedures for:

  • Educating the campus community, including security personnel and those persons who advise or supervise students, about sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking offenses pursuant to section 6432 of this article;
  • Educating the campus community about personal safety and crime prevention;
  • Reporting sexual assaults, domestic violence and stalking incidents and assisting victims during investigations;
  • Referring complaints to appropriate authorities;
  • Counseling victims; and
  • Responding to inquiries from concerned persons."

Professor Alan Wolf of the Physics Department serves as chair of this committee.

Yuta MakitaJakob BiernatJoey Parrella
Monica AbdallahAndy Overton (alt)Leslie Dougrou

Curriculum Committee*

Each of the four faculties has a curriculum committee that decides when to add new courses, eliminate old courses, expand the curriculum in a certain direction, and determines which courses are elective and which required.

Jessica MarshallJakob BiernatMaja Knutson
Hetian WuOwen Law (alt)Daniel Hall
Jianqin Wang (alt)  

Faculty of Art Committee

This committee liaises with the School of Art faculty.

  • Andy Overton
  • Owen Law
  • Jakob Biernat

Faculty of Architecture Committee

This committee liaises with the School of Architecture faculty.

  • Diego Gonzalez
  • Maya Krtic
  • Joey Parrella
  • Emily Eberhart (alt)

FUN! Organizers

The Engineering Student Council hosts a number of social events over the course of the year, typically two big parties and a number of other smaller events.

  • Justin Richter
  • Eugene Sokolov
  • Jessica Marshall
  • Monica Abdallah
  • Jianqin Wang


Karan GillJakob BiernatMax Gideonse
Justin Richter (alt)Emily Adamo (alt)Nick Pacula

IT Committee

This committee discusses technological changes that will occur at Cooper

 Waseem NafisiSam Choi
  Joey Parrella

Joint Activities Committee

The JAC determines funding for recognized clubs and also has disciplinary power over clubs. Each school elects three representatives and one alternate.

Eugene SokolovAndy OvertonDaniel Hall
Joshua GittlerEmily AdamoMaya Krtic
Nicholas BreeserHunter MaytonYao Yi
Justin Richter (alt)  

Judicial Committee

The Judicial Committee meets to hear complaints filed under the Cooper Union Code of Fair Practice and to adjudicate these complaints. Each representative has his or her own alternate so that the proper balance of class years is maintained on the hearing panel; representatives must pass materials directly to the alternate if the representative cannot attend a hearing. Each school elects two representatives and two alternates.

Peter AscoliAndy OvertonMax Gideonse
Monica AbdallahWaseem NafisiMaya Krtic
Justin Richter (alt)Clara Zinky (alt) 

Judicial Appeals Committee

A Judicial Appeal Committee, consisting of one dean and two students, is formed when a student files a timely appeal of a decision of the Judicial Committee.

Jessica MarshallEmily AdamoLeslie Dougrou
Yuta Makita Chris Ceravolo
Karan Gill (alt)  

Library Committee

The library committee serves as an advisory board to the head librarian. Two representatives and one alternate are elected from each school.

Tristan HeinenClara ZinkySam Choi
  Yao Yi

PR Committee

The PR committee (currently of one) will interface with the public relations and development offices at Cooper to ensure that any statements that directly relate to the engineering school are reflective of our true experience at Cooper.


The Senate was reconstituted, after a recess of more than a decade, as an advisory and consultative body to the President of Cooper Union. Each of the three Student Councils were asked to elect two representatives:

Karan GillHunter Mayton 
Harrison CullenAndy Overton 
Peter Ascoli (alt)Emily Adamo (alt) 

Student Activites Committee

The Student Activities Committee, with 3 student representatives from Engineering, two from Art, and one from Architecture, is charged with drafting the governances of the Student Council.

Michael LukeAndy OvertonDaniel Hall
Justin RichterEmily AdamoSam Choi
 Hunter MaytonLeslie Dougrou
  Yao Yi
  Healy Chait
  Vaughn Lewis

Students for New York

Students for New York is a student initiative aimed at bridging the gap between students from colleges throughout New York City.

  • Hadar Cohen
  • Ratan Rai Sur
  • Kevin Kim (ALT)

Study Collection Committee

  • Nicholas Pacula Arch 4
  • Maya Krtic Arch 2

Survey Representative

The survey committee is responsible for compiling the information from surveys sent out by the council, and, if appropriate, preparing a distribution to be provided to all engineering students.

  • Karan Gill
  • Max Mogel
  • Yash Sharma
  • Jianqin Wang

Trustees Committee

The Trustees Committee meets with the President and the Board

Peter AscoliEmily AdamoMaja Knutson
Nicholas BreeserWaseem NafisiMax Gideonse
Harrison Cullen (alt)Andy Overton (alt) 


  • 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.