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Established: 1997

  • Affiliation: Colleges of Agriculture
  • Director(s): Dr. Dan Hostetler, Department Chair and Professor, Dr. Peggy Perry, Professor, and Dr. Edwin Barnes, Associate Vice President
  • Purpose: AGRIscapes was developed with the vision to provide both the general public and our students and alumni programs & education in agricultural literacy, environmentally sustainable landscapes, and recycling and waste reduction. The center is built on 40 acres of the campus farm and encompasses 15,000 + sq ft of building space. This space is dedicated to programs and education and incorporates a visitor’s center, classroom, theatre, recycling education center and the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch. The acreage surrounding the center is dedicated to gardens and landscape demonstrations along with several acres of sustainable agriculture which supports educational programs. A 40,000 square foot greenhouse range will soon become the new home and nursery of the horticulture program. This includes research space for faculty and students, hydroponic production, and a new home for the Raymond Burr Orchid Collection.
  • Support: This center does not receive any state funding, but is provided University agriculture land. All funding for the program has been developed by grants from Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, Metropolitan Water Districts, and gifts from numerous alumni and private industry. The Farm Store generates $800,000 + in gross sales to support salaries and wages. Foundation funding via Fund 5 and Fund 8 accounts pick up some of the upkeep and maintenance of the facility.

Apparel Technology and Research Center (ATRC)
Established: 1992

  • Affiliation: Colleges of Agriculture
  • Director(s): Dr. Peter Kilduff, Department Chair and Professor
  • Purpose: To provide outreach support services to apparel related businesses in the areas of strategy, market research, operations management, and technology development and transfer. This is accomplished through contract research and consulting services, special courses, and referral and information services.
  • Support: The ATRC is self-supporting, funded by sponsored programs.

Center for Antimicrobial Research and Food Safety (CARFS)
Established: 1998

  • Affiliation: Colleges of Agriculture
  • Director(s): Dr. Shelton Murinda, Associate Professor
  • Purpose: Research involving microbial food-borne pathogens of public health and economic significance with an emphasis on pathogens associated with muscle foods (meat and meat products). Research focuses on isolation, identification and characterization of pathogens using conventional and molecular-based methods (genetic fingerprinting) and development of on-farm and processing-plant based interventions. Emergence of new food-borne pathogens, increased consumer awareness, and federal recommendations on food safety/public health issues redefine the rules of microbial pathogen quality control in the food industry. CARFS (formerly Center for Antimicrobial Research, CAR) was established to meet these corporate demands. The Center’s on-farm food safety goals will be linked to regional food protection and biosecurity efforts. Future research will also target discovery and application of natural antimicrobial agents.
  • Support: Gifts in-kind; and grants, as well as space and utilities on campus. Future plans include extramural funding and short courses that target farmers, the meat and food industry.

Center for Turf, Landscape and Irrigation Technology (CTILT)
Established: 1986

  • Affiliation: Colleges of Agriculture
  • Director(s): Dr. Shoumo Mitra, Professor
  • Purpose: Provides a focal point for teaching, research and community outreach in the areas of turf-grass, ornamental plant materials, landscape irrigation technology, landscape operations, sports-turf and golf course management and water management. The Center has state of the art facilities for teaching, research, and demonstrations for undergraduate, graduate, and professional landscape education programs.
  • Support: Sources of direct support are extramural grants and contracts. The Center also offers seminar courses for professionals and contractors on irrigation topics. In-kind services are laboratory space, utilities, and equipment.

Equine Research Center
Established: 1980

  • Affiliation: Colleges of Agriculture
  • Director(s): Vacant
  • Purpose: The Equine Research Center (ERC) serves as a companion center to the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center at Cal Poly Pomona. The ERC, funded in large part by the Oak Tree Racing Association, offers both undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to study horse health and function, biomechanics and locomotion, reproductive physiology, exercise physiology, animal behavior, parasitology and immunology. Students may study exercise physiology using a modern high-speed treadmill shared by the two centers. They are also instructed in the use of sophisticated computer programs that assist in the analysis of scientific data. Quality research is emphasized and student researchers are encouraged to present the results of their work at local, national and international scientific forums.
  • Support: Contracts, grants and donations: Oak Tree Racing Association, private donors (funded construction ERC), University RSCA (research, scholarship and creative activities) grants, pharmaceutical companies, industry, feed companies, Center for Equine Health (UC Davis), National Institutes of Health, California Agricultural Research Initiative, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The University provides Land, laboratory space, and utilities (from ICR collected).

W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center
Established: 1974

  • Affiliation: Colleges of Agriculture
  • Director(s): William C. Hughes, Professor
  • Purpose: The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center and its equine program is the oldest tradition on campus. In 1949, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation gave the 816 acre Kellogg ranch, and horses, to the State of California from which the California State Polytechnic University evolved. This donation required utilizing the horses in teaching equine science, perpetuating the breeding of the Arabian horse and making valuable bloodlines available to the public. The comprehensive educational facility was built on campus in 1974. The primary purposes of the center relate to the educational mission of the university. It is the focal point for the equine industries track in the Animal Science major. The center conducts an internationally recognized, Arabian equine breeding program (15-20 foals/yr) to replace stock and offer horses for sale to the public, on-campus and outreach workshops and clinics for people involved in the equine industry, demonstration exhibitions, and engages in major national horse show competitions (students and trainers). Additionally, it provides numerous outreach programs for off-campus groups.
  • Support: State general fund, endowments, fees, horse sales; in-kind contributions; and in-kind contribution of land on campus. Endowments are from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation along with private donors for equine scholarships.

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Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Established: 1996

  • Affiliation: Colleges of Business Administration
  • Director(s): Reggie Nugent
  • Purpose: To promote academic programs, community activities and faculty development in entrepreneurship
  • Support: Gifts and donations; interest.

Center for Information Assurance
Established: 2003

  • Affiliation: Colleges of Business Administration
  • Director(s): Dr. Daniel Manson, Professor
  • Purpose: The Center combines the CBA emphasis on strategic use of information technology, the CIS learn-by-doing approach to using computers, and the MSBA emphasis on information systems audit to further the study of Information Assurance and Forensics. Additionally, it: sponsors and co-sponsors events and forums; works with the local community and professional associations to promote security awareness; increases public awareness; serves as a resource for industry and community groups dealing with information systems audit, security and forensics.
  • Support: NSF Grants, Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitions, Industry Professional Development Courses.

Center for Promotional Development
Established: 1995

  • Affiliation: Colleges of Business Administration
  • Director(s): Dr. Edwin Klewer, Professort
  • Purpose: Promote academic and external programs in professional sales development
  • Support: Gifts and donations; interest.

Industrial Research Institute for Pacific Nations
Established: 1980

  • Affiliation: Colleges of Business Administration
  • Director(s): Dr. Hyung Jin, Professor
  • Purpose: Research for Business and Economics conferences
  • Support: Gifts and donations; interest.

Real Estate Research Council
Established: 1983

  • Affiliation: Colleges of Business Administration
  • Director(s): Dr. Michael Carney, Professor
  • Purpose: Promote academic and extended programs in real estate research
  • Support: Gifts and donations; interest.

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Institute for Great Leaders for Great Schools
Established: 2008

  • Affiliation: College of Education and Integrative Studies
  • Director(s): Dr. Stephen Davis, Professor
  • Purpose: The institute will be a key regional and state leader in the development and dissemination of research, policies, and practices that support powerful leadership for underperforming and highly diverse public schools in the greater Los Angeles region of California. It will serve the rapidly growing need to prepare and support practice-ready administrators in the increasingly diverse schools and communities of the greater Los Angeles region by providing: philosophical coherence, alignment, and a shared vision; direct service to local school and school districts; a clearinghouse for leadership resources; a forum to support research and scholarly work; and support and guidance that will inform local and state policy makers. The institute will also play a central role in the planning, organization, implementation, and assessment of the various educational leadership initiative, programs, partnerships, and activities of the Educational Leadership Program of the College of Education and Integrative Studies.
  • Support: External funding from foundation and government grants, private benefactors, and partnering school districts.

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Engineering Institute
Established: 1985

  • Affiliation: College of Engineering
  • Director(s): Dr. Edward C. Hohmann, Dean
  • Purpose: To enhance college programs of outreach to industry, so that students and alumni have the opportunity to form closer professional ties and working relationships.
  • Support: Private donations and contracts, college provides office staff support.

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John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies
Established: 1994

  • Affiliation: College of Environmental Design
  • Director(s): Dr. Kyle D. Brown, Professor
  • Purpose: To advance the principles of environmentally sustainable living through education, research, demonstration, and community outreach. Through its Master of Science degree program and its undergraduate minor program, the Center prepares students to integrate regenerative theories and practices into a wide variety of professional fields and pursues a comprehensive and ambitious research agenda focusing on issues of sustainability. The Center is actively involved in the community, participating in service-learning projects, sustainable community development efforts, and community educational programs. In addition, the Center periodically offers workshops related to regenerative living for community members, professionals, and policy makers.
  • Support: Annual funding comes from a combination of state general funds, donations, grants, and contracts.

California Center for Land and Water Stewardship
Established: 2010

  • Affiliation: College of Environmental Design
  • Director(s): Dr. Julianna Delgado (URP) and Dr. Susan J. Mulley (Landscape Architecture).
  • Purpose: The intent of CCLAWS is to serve as an interdisciplinary nexus at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona to create partnerships with public and private agencies and organizations on the conservation, stewardship and restoration of land and water resources. The mission of the Center is to:
        1. Facilitate the conservation, stewardship, and restoration of land and water resources through applied faculty research projects and supervised community, service-learning work experience for University students;
        2. Serve as a community educational clearinghouse to support the work of other public agencies and private nonprofit organizations through coordination, outreach, policy advisement, partnership development, and advocacy; and the development of databases and workshops for the public; and
        3. Propose, support, administer, and facilitate specific research and implementation projects and studies related to land and water conservation, stewardship, and restoration for faculty in all disciplines at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
  • Support: Funded through contracts, grants and donations. Currently not funded through state general funds.

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Professional Development Institute (PDI)
Established: 1995

  • Affiliation: The Collins College of Hospitality Management
  • Director(s): Andrew Hale Feinstein, Dean
  • Purpose: The PDI exists to provide professional development for the hospitality industry and to expand the College’s outreach to community constituents by providing customized professional development programs and advisory services for hospitality industry members. This includes, but is not limited to, executive training, corporate consulting, association support, research & analysis, conferences and seminars, symposia, and certification programs.
  • Support: PDI is self-supporting, and excess funds contribute to the financial support of the College. The University provides a workroom in The Collins College (79B- 2440) for the PDI.

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AHIMSA Center: Social Change and Non-Violence
Established: 2003

  • Affiliation: College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • Director(s): Dr. Tara Sethia, Professor
  • Purpose: The programs and activities of the Center focus on interdisciplinary teaching and learning about nonviolence and its applications at various levels: personal, familial, institutional, communal, national, and international.
  • Support: Donations, grants, contracts. Provided laboratory space utilities, and administrative services.

Center for GIS Research
Established: 1998

  • Affiliation: College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • Director(s): Boykin Witherspoon
  • Purpose: To provide in a technologically advanced lab, a full range of spatial technologies, such as GIS, global position systems (GPS), remote sensing, and database design, management and visualization tools in classroom and research lab facilities. The center offers 40 high-end Windows workstations in a “smart classroom” environment for instruction. With the help of the Center for GIS Research and other satellite labs using GIS technology across campus, Cal Poly Pomona is actively expanding GIS research and applications in many programs and departments across the University.
  • Support: Grants, contracts, and private donations; campus-provided laboratory space utilities, and administrative services.

Center for the Study of the Inland Empire (CSIE)
Established: 2008

  • Affiliation: College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • Director(s): Dr. Faye Wachs, Associate Professor
  • Purpose: The Center will promote interdisciplinary applied research about the Inland Empire. The research generated by faculty and students in the Center will inform and empower public and private communities in Cal Poly Pomona’s service region to make informed decisions on issues related to the region’s social, economic, and political development. CSIE will sponsor 6-7 Faculty Research Fellows whose research will focus on the general issues of: business/economic trends; transportation, infrastructure, and planning; land use/environment; labor market and demographics; and social/political trends. The Center will conduct an annual random digit dialing phone survey of regional residents to serve as a source of data, and will sponsor annual roundtables to provide timely dissemination of findings to the relevant constituencies
  • Support: External funding from sponsorships, contracts, and contributions.

Colorful Flags Program
Established: 1995

  • Affiliation: College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • Director(s): Dr. Renford Reese, Professor
  • Purpose: To teach K-12 educators about resolving racial and ethnic conflict. Colorful Flags has serviced over 130,000 K-12 students in 17 school districts in Southern California. The program has also serviced police departments, hospitals, and various social service agencies. With the use of a cultural etiquette manual, language phonetic cards, a training film, and an audio CD, Colorful Flags attempts to reduce ethnic mistrust and stimulate cultural curiosity. The program was featured in the 1996 Los Angeles County Human Relations Report on solutions to mitigate ethnic mistrust. It was featured on ESPN in March 2010.
  • Support: State general fund; donations; subscription for services. No in-kind.

Institute for New Dance and Culture
Established: 1995

  • Affiliation: College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • Director(s): Ms. Gayle Fekete, Professor
  • Purpose: Offers academic program and community outreach.
  • Support: State general fund; IRA, No in-kind.

Motor Development Clinic
Established: 1975

  • Affiliation: College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • Director(s): Dr. Perky Vetter, Professor
  • Purpose: The Motor Development Clinic serves children with disabilities between the ages of 5 and 13 by providing the children with a movement therapy program and assisting parents by enabling them to supplement the clinics program at home. The clinic is staffed by undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Support: The budget is derived as follows: 55% client fees and 45% academic affairs through the department’s offered courses. University provides space and utilities in-kind.

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Advanced Technology Partnerships Institute (ATPi)
Established: 2008

  • Affiliation: Colleges of Science and Engineering
  • Director(s): Dr. Phyllis R. Nelson, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Purpose: The mission of the Advanced Technology Partnerships Institute is to enhance cooperation between the Cal Poly Pomona Engineering and Science faculty and the commercial technology sector by establishing partnerships that further the University’s educational mission and enhance the transfer of knowledge between the University and industry. ATPI will strengthen the University’s outreach to industry, create an efficient mechanism for the transfer of knowledge between University and industry, provide students with real-world, hands-on educational opportunities in an entrepreneurial environment, and provide new opportunities for faculty scholarship.
  • Support: Funding generated by the Center comes from a variety of sources including, but not limited to, contracts and grants, user fees, in-kind donations, fees generated by on-and off-site workshops and special courses, and indirect cost return.

Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (CEMaST)
Established: 1985

  • Affiliation: Colleges of Science
  • Director(s): Dr. Nicole I. Z. Wickler, Assistant Professor, Interim Director
  • Purpose: The Center's purpose is to improve teaching and learning at all levels of science and mathematics in schools, and promotes professional development of mathematics, science, and technology educators.  The center also encourages the study of science and mathematics by all students, from pre-K through graduate school, with particular outreach to females and others historically underrepresented in the field.
  • Support: The College allocates state general funds for three faculty positions, a full-time clerical position, and portion of the administrative budget.  The Center actively pursues extramural grants and contracts.  The funds from these grants reimburse the College for faculty time plus benefits.  The funds reimbursing the College for release time come from contracts with local school district and grants.

Center for Macro-molecular Modeling and Material Design (CM3D)
Established: 2007

  • Affiliation: Colleges of Science
  • Director(s): Dr. Katherine Kantadjieff, Chair and Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Phyllis R. Nelson, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Purpose: Support interdisciplinary research and curriculum development in fields such as biotechnology, surface science, and engineered materials.  It provides for interdisciplinary curriculum development in fields such as biotechnology, surface science, and engineered materials.  It provides a focus for interdisciplinary curriculum development and teaching that bridges the traditional divide between science and engineering.  As our member faculty jointly use, maintain, and administer the Center’s share infrastructure, they develop ongoing relationships with both students and other faculty members.
  • Support: Funding generated by the Center comes from a variety of sources including, but not limited to, contracts and grants, user fees, in-kind donations, fees generated by on-and off-site workshops and special courses, and indirect cost return.

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