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 recently was Visiting Scientist with the Keilir Institute of Technology, and the Research Fellow for the Cooper Union’s C.V. Starr Research Foundation. Other recent appointments include Guest Lecturer with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, and Advisory Board Member with Borealis GeoPower Inc. in Canada.
Over the last 15 years at Cooper, Prof. Dell has taught a wide variety of courses including: Senior Capstone Design, Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering, Special Research/Summer Study, Drawing and Sketching for Engineers, Selected Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering and Interdisciplinary Research Problem. He has co-advised 10 completed Masters Theses, and has 2 current graduate students.
Prof. Dell was the Principal Investigator for numerous research grants from Consolidated Edison, and was the Project Research Scientist on a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant for regenerative braking in elevators. In 2015, the United States Department of Energy appointed Prof. Dell as a Technical Consultant.
He has given open lectures at MIT, Harvard, Columbia University, the New York Hall of Science,the University of Iceland, the University of Reykjavik and the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.
Prof. Dell is First Inventor on eleven patents that are owned by the Cooper Union. He is the First Author of numerous research papers for venues including the International Conference of Experimental Mechanics, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), The Geothermal Resources Council, The Geo-Heat Center at the Oregon Institute of Technology, and the Cooper Union Research Foundation.
For the last 39 years he has been a land use official for the Town of Orangetown (population 50,000) in southern New York State. Prof. Dell served as a Member of the Architecture and Community Appearance Board of Review (ACABOR) for 21 years and 12 years as its Vice Chairman. For the last 19 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 in 2011, he was a candidate for Town Council.
His sustainable visual art installations are the subject of numerous reviews and articles, including The New York Times, Sculpture, Leonardo, and Iceland Review. Prof. Dell's over 100 Installations and exhibitions include Harvard University, MIT, Tufts, Lehigh University, New Jersey City University, Yellowstone National Park, museums, and commercial galleries in the United States. There were additional installations at Iceland's Great Geysir, the Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum, Seltun Hot Springs, and a permanent installation at Reykjavik's Perlan experience center. Prof Dell's theatrical scenic and set design work from 1985- 2001 includes the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway productions, motion pictures and television, where his work was honored by the Emmy Academy. The Smithsonian Institutionhas established a permanent archive, "The Robert Dell Papers"for sculptor and engineer Robert Dell, for his contributions as a "major American artist" and "a progenitor of sustainable art." MIT School of Architecture + Planning's The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) Archive established the Robert Dell papers as part their permanent archive.
Prof. Dell received Bachelors and 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., His other academic appointments include Visiting Research Fellow with the University of Iceland, Honorary Research Associate with the New York Botanical Garden. Prof. Dell was Research Fellow and Project Director with the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture + Planning's The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) established "Robert Dell Papers" as part of their permanent archive, 2019
IntechOpen , Thermoelectrics for Power GenerationBook Chapter, accepted for publication,Thermoelectric generator using passive cooling, Robert Dell,, Michael Thomas Petralia, Ashish Pokharel, and Runar Unnthorsson, IntechOpen Limited, London England, hard cover and open source, 2019
Smithsonian Institution, permanent archive, "Robert Dell Papers" Washington, D.C, Robert Dell drawing acquired, 2019
EuraSEM(European Society for Experimental Mechanics), ICEM (International Conference of Experimental Mechanics), Experimental methods in Geothermal Engineering,Session Co-Organizer, Brussels, Belgium,2018
University of Iceland,Creativity and Invention: A Systematic Approach to Simple and Elegant Solutions, Open Lecture, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2018
- GRC (Geothermal Resources Council) GRC Annual Meeting, 3G Security Camera Network Using a Thermoelectric Generator Powered by a Geothermal Steam Pipe in Iceland, Frist Author, Salt Lake City, Utah,2017
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Instituto de Ingeniera, Invention a Systematic Approach to Simple and Elegant Solutions in Geothermal, Open Lecture, Mexico City, Mexico, August 2017
- National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City, Guest Lecturer, 2017
- Eleventh patent awarded, March, 2017 United States Patent and Trademark Office US 9,590,160 Thermoelectric Power Generation Device
- Borealis GeoPower Inc. Valemount, British Columbia, Canada, Advisory Board, 2016 -
- The Atlantic Magazine,The Atlantic Roundtable Working Summit on Energy, underwritten by NRG Energy and hosted by The Atlantic Magazine; "a gathering of energy thought leaders from all sectors - academia, industry, media, etc- to discuss the future of energy" Participant, March, 2016
- Bimetallic Leaf Spring and Clamping Device, owned by the Cooper Union, First Inventor, (with Stan Wei and Tae Young Lee) European Patent Agency, EP 2 148 991 B1 International Patent
Registered in France, Germany and England United States Patent and Trademark Office US 8,418,342 R2 US Patent Canadian Patent CA 2685530 C 2015/02/24 BIMETALLIC LEAF SPRING AND CLAMPING DEVICE
- Thermoelectric Power Generation Device, owned by The Cooper Union, First Inventor, (with Stan Wei and George Sidebotham) European Patent Agency, EP 2 095 440 B1 International Patent
Registered in France, Germany and England United States Patent and Trademark Office US 8,829,326 B2 US Patent
- Canadian Patent CA 2671995 C 2015/02/24 THERMOELECTRIC POWER GENERATION DEVICE
Selected Honors and Awards
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), work acquired for the permanent CAVS Special Collection
- Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art,"Robert Dell Papers", permanent archive established for contibutions as a "major American artist.." and a "progenitor of sustainable art", Washington, D.C.
- Scientific American Recognized as: "one of the leading professional researchers in the New York City area".