Patrick Cooper

Assistant Professor
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Department of Physics

305 Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.6348


2010 University of Pittsburgh BS Physics, BS Mathematics
2015 New York University MS PhD Theoretical High Energy Physics
Professional Background

Adjunct Professor, Engineering Department, Cooper Union 2013

Adjunct Professor, Physics Department, New York University 2016

Lecturer, Mathematics Department, University of Pittsburgh, 2016-2017

Adjunct Professor, Physics Department, Duquesne University, 2016-2017


UCOR 125 - Astronomy

PHYS 200 - Essentials of Physics

PHYS 211 - General and Applied Physics


Patrick Cooper is a western PA native (Bethel Park). He was a double major, math and physics, at the University of Pittsburgh, with one year matriculated at Oxford University, UK and a summer research appointment in Hamburg, Germany. He then moved to Brooklyn to attend New York University for his PhD, working on various problems in quantum field theory related to strings, flux tubes, and confinement in quantum chromodynamics. While in New York, he fostered a passion for teaching at Cooper Union and NYU and brought that passion back to Pittsburgh where he taught mathematics at his alma mater and astronomy at Duquesne.

Outside of nourishing scientific culture in the next generation of physicists at Duquesne, he is also on the board of directors for Community Forge, developing a community center to create opportunities for the denizens of Wilkinsburg and Pittsburgh, and is the co-executive director of the education non-profit, Pittsburgh Learning Commons. He loves ice hockey to an extent surely deleterious to his health.