Prof. Robert Dell is the Founding Director of the Center for Innovation and Applied Technology and the Laboratory for Energy Reclamation and Innovation at The Cooper Union, where he is also Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is Visiting Scientist with the Keilir Institute of Technology, Visiting Academic with the University of Iceland and the Research Fellow for the C.V. Starr Research Foundation.
Prof. Dell was the Principal Investigator for numerous research grants from Consolidated Edison, and is the Project Research Scientist on a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant for regenerative braking in elevators.
He has been a guest speaker at venues including MIT, Harvard, Columbia University, the University of Iceland, the Metropolitan Chapter of ASME, the New York Hall of Science, the Keilir Institute of Technology, and the University of Reykjavik His many previous research appointments include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) , the New York Botanical Garden, the Cooper Union Research Foundation, and the University of Iceland Research Stations.
Prof. Dell is First Inventor on three filed patent applications that are owned by the Cooper Union and is the First Author of numerous research papers for venues including The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Consolidated Edison, The Geothermal Resources Council, The Geo-Heat Center at the Oregon Institute of Technology, and the Cooper Union Research Foundation.
For the last 34 years he has been a land use official for the Town of Orangetown (population 47,000) in southern New York State. Prof. Dell served as a Member of the Architecture and Community Appearence Board of Review (ACABOR) for 21 years and 12 years as its Vice Chairman. For the last 12 years he has been a Town Planner as a Member of the Planning Board. This service has included 2 years as Planning Board Chairman. After winning the primary, he was recently a candidate for Town Council.
His sustainable art installations are the subject of numerous reviews and articles, including venues such as The New York Times, Sculpture, Leonardo, and Iceland Review. Prof. Dell's Installations have occurred from 1990-2001at Harvard University, MIT , Tufts, Lehigh University, New Jersey City University, and Yellowstone National Park, in the United States.There were additional instllations at the Great Geysir, the Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum, the Akureyri Art Museum, Krisuvik Country Park, and a permanent installation at Perlan in Iceland. Prof Dell's theatrical visual work from 1985- 2001 includes the Metropolitan Opera, broadway productions, moton pictures and television where his work was honored by the Emmy Academy.
Prof. Dell has a Bachelors and a Masters degrees from the State University of New York. He is a Member of ASME, the Order of the Engineer, the American Welding Society and the Geothermal Resources Council. Prof. Dell was a McDowell Colony Fellow, an American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow, and a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow.
R. Dell, C. Wei, G. Sidebotham, M. Jonsson, R. Unnþórsson, A Thermoelectric-Based Point of Use Power Generator for Steam Pipes, R. Dell, R. Unnthorsson, C.S.Wei, Geo-Heat Center Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 31, No. 4, Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, Oregon, 2013
- ASME 2013 Power Conference, Boston, Ma Two peer reviewed abstracts accepted
- Bimetallic Leaf Spring and Clamping Device, owned by the Cooper Union, International Application No. PCT/US08/61983 United States 12/598,111 Canada 2685530 First Inventor, (with Stan Wei and Tae Young Lee) Allowed for Issuance from the United States Patent Office, December 2012 Intention to Grant from the European Patent Agency, November, 2012
- Thermoelectric Power Generation Device, owned by The Cooper Union, International Application No. PCT/US2007/024597 Intention to Grant from the European Patent Agency, February, 2012
Recent Honors and Awards
- 2012 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Recommended for: Best Paper, journal publication and Honors.
- Geothermal Resources Council, 35th GRC Annual Meeting, Awarded: Outstanding Technical Session Presentation
- Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design (CUISD), Awarded: Special Projects Grant
- Scientific American Recognized as: "one of the leading professional researchers in the New York City area".