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Welcome from the Dean


Dr. Cordelia Ontiveros 3

I’m proud to welcome you to the College of Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona - one of the finest engineering colleges in the nation, currently ranked 5th best undergraduate engineering program among public universities in the master’s category according to U.S. News & World Report.

For those already connected to Cal Poly Pomona, you know what a privilege it is to be part of this community, where faculty and staff are dedicated to delivering a high quality engineering education, where students receive advising and other support to help them succeed, where alumni are proud to have earned their degree, and where industry desire to support our students and eagerly recruit our graduates.

The College of Engineering is a center of excellence and innovation, and we are known for our Learn by Doing philosophy. As one of only seven polytechnic universities in the nation, Cal Poly Pomona produces workforce-ready engineers who go on to help make the world a better place and improve the quality of life in California and beyond.

The college is at a historic moment in which we are working hard to build an inclusive community that values respect for all. There are student support programs and activities that are reaching more people than ever before that traditionally have not considered engineering as an option. The college now includes 25% females among both faculty and first-time freshmen students, and we are number 1 in the state for engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics.

By recruiting excellent faculty, staff and students, the college distinguishes itself as a premiere institution; one that is highly desirable and increasingly more competitive. And there are new pathways for professional development. A leadership initiative offers programs for students, faculty and staff to hone skills and prepare them for increasing responsibility as they pursue their passions.

Future generations are being inspired to consider a career in engineering through K-12 outreach and education programs. Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering is affiliated with Project Lead The Way, offering hands-on training to teachers, who take what they’ve learned back to their schools. To date, the college has facilitated training for more than 900 teachers who are now teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses to more than 40,000 middle and high school students every year.

The College of Engineering is committed to a comprehensive approach to engineering education by providing exceptional undergraduate educational opportunities, promoting graduate programs, supporting research and scholarly activities, and cultivating a strong sense of community.


We believe in the power of education to transform lives and communities, and we see the truth of this in the many alumni whose lives have been changed by the engineering education they received at Cal Poly Pomona. We invite you to read more about our programs and ways to become involved.


Dr. Cordelia Ontiveros
Interim Dean, College of Engineering



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