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Columbia University

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The Cooper Union


The majority of the members of this team are "ChemE" undergraduates at the Cooper Union. Cooper, located in East Village, Manhattan, is a small college (less than 300 students per grade), highly selective (acceptance rates are near 8%), and contains 3 schools: Art, Architecture, and Engineering. Within the engineering school are five majors: Chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical (these four are ABET-accredited B.E.'s), and B.S.E. (meant for those who wish to practice in a field related to engineering, like patent law or medicine). Since Peter Cooper founded the college in 1859, all undergraduates have and continue to receive a full-tuition scholarship upon attending. Adjunct professor David Orbach, who teaches biology courses at Cooper, set up both this year's and last year's iGEM team. Technician Dionne Lutz operates a lab at Cooper called the "Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering" and provided both her expertise and the lab for our team's use.