Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Center for Turf, Irrigation and Landscape Technology (CTILT)

The Institute of Irrigation Research and Evaluation was created at Cal Poly Pomona in 1986 to provide a more formal mechanism for the agricultural engineering faculty to work with the irrigation industry on the testing and evaluation of irrigation equipment and systems.

Since then, it has expanded to include expertise in turf and landscaping and was renamed the Center for Turf, Irrigation, and Landscape Technology (CTILT). CTILT provides a focal point for research, and community outreach in the areas of turfgrass, ornamental plant materials, landscape irrigation technology. landscape operations, sport turf and golf course management, and the preservation of natural resources.

Center for Turf, Irrigation and Landscape Technology

Mission and Goals

The Center for Turf, Irrigation and Landscape Technology's (CTILT) mission and goals include technical research and learning in the area of turf and irrigation, including new water-conserving technologies. CTILT also conducts outreach to the turf industry and alumni, hosts field trips from Department of Plant Science classes and community colleges, and provides employment for students who

Faculty and Staff 

Research Projects

 Students working on a turf research project while industry figures observe.

Student Activities

 Cal Poly Pomona teams at the 2020 Turf Bowl

  • Learn about the best irrigation and turf management practices.
  • Join the Cal Poly Pomona teams for the annual Turf Bowl and National Collegiate Landscaping Competition. Cal Poly Pomona students made history in 2020 by becoming the first West Coast university to win the Turf Bowl and the first winning team to have female students. In addition, a second Cal Poly Pomona team finished in seventh place in the competition, which had teams from 30 other universities, including Penn State, Auburn, and Purdue. 
  • Participate in research trials for companies and other institutions

Internships and Employment

Cal Poly Pomona plant science student Sean McLaughlin paints the NFL logo at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

In addition to finding internships and work at the center, our students are able to find jobs in the golf course, sports, and landscaping industry. Our students have worked at Dodger Stadium, Angels Stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the Super Bowl, and Disneyland.