The whole experience and the website were brought to you by...
Con Ed
Consolidated Edison of New York has been a long-time and loyal supporter of Cooper's projects focused on women engineers and workforce issues. They also generously funded Cooper Union's leadership experiment with Outward Bound. Two of the women engineers participating in the project have been interns at Con Edison:
Kara Lentz (CE '99) was a summer 1996 intern with Con Ed's Department of Steam Engineering, where she worked on maps of the steam systems, updated steam plates, visited actual enhancement sites, and checked a database of service valve locations against the steam plates and hand-drawn maps of the steam system. She notes: "Although I knew nothing about steam systems before I took this job, I rapidly learned all about them through the projects I worked on."
Margarett Jolly (ME '97) received a Con Edison scholarship her junior year and worked in Con Edison's Primary Delivery Department at the Staten Island Office during the summer of 1995. "It was great to be involved with the inner workings of one of the country's largest power utilities. I'm hoping to enter the energy field upon graduation. It's a fascinating field and becoming even more interesting as energy use, production, conservation, and competition between power producers will shape much of our environmental future."
Of the fifteen women in the Outward Bound pilot, two have family working at Con Ed:
ChE sophomore Pragati Mehta's (ChE '99) father, Jayesh A. Mehta, has been working at Con Ed for the past eleven years as a Senior Design Technician in the Customer Engineering Division. He designs electric services for supplying power to various buildings in Manhatan and is responsible for the design of electrical distribution systems, including preparation of layouts, estimates of new proposals, interpretation of system maps and structural drawings, and evaluation of electrical services.
Sanjeevanee Joshi (CE '98) has one sister, Hemanji, who was an Engineering Summer intern at Con Ed's Chemlabs in Astoria in 1994. Hemanji graduated from Cooper as a ChE in 1995. Her other sister, Asavari, graduated from Columbia as an ME in 1990 and started working at Con Ed that summer as a Management Intern. She then worked as a Field Intern in Manhattan Electric Operations, then as a supervisor for three years in Bronx Electric Operations. Having recently completed her MBA in Finance and International Business, she was promoted to Account Executive and handles University Accounts within Manhattan. Says Sanjeevanee, "I'm really proud of my sisters."
The story...
Several dedicated people made this story and website possible...
Annalee Lanier (Art '97) was commissioned to film a documentary video of Cooper's experimental project with Outward Bound. Little did she know that she and her video camera would be swinging from the Alpine Tower, fifty feet above the ground, to get those pictures. Or, that the light on her video camera would be the guide for hiking engineers coming down the final stages of the mountainside in the dark and rain. Still, she says, "I wouldn't have missed it for anything." Graduating from Cooper's School of Art this May with a major in film and photography, Lanier hopes to travel, see the world, and photograph along the way. Hoping to get more involved with film and film-making, she eventually intends to go back to school for a master's degree.
Having survived their Outward Bound adventures, the two co-directors of the project -- professor Marca Lam-Anderson (r) and Dr. Judith Lyczko (l) -- take a moment to relax and laugh about it. They presented Cooper Union's activities for women engineers, including the Outward Bound project, at the November 1996 "Frontiers in Education" conference in Salt Lake City. Sponsored by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), National Science Foundation (NSF), IBM, Hewlett Packard, and other major corporate sponsors, the conference explored new ways of teaching and learning.
Finally, Michael LaRosa (ChE '99) designed this site for your enjoyment and information.
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