Engineering Updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Effective March 18 through the end of spring semester: Cal Poly Pomona will transition to virtual/remote instruction for all classes. Employees who can work remotely should not come to campus, and critical business functions will continue.

This page was last updated Fri., April 3, 2020. This page will updated as more information becomes available. For page update notes, see below:

  • Fri. March 20, 2020 - Page created
  • Tues., March 24, 2020 - Updated to announce that all engineering buildings are inaccessible to students until further notice
  • Thurs., March 26, 2020 - Updated "Status of Engineering Events" sections with remotely available MEP events starting March 30 and April 6
  • Thurs., April 2, 2020 - Updated section Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) under "Status of Engineering Offices, Services and Events" with updated information in regards to online tutoring and virtual check-ins; updated "Status of Engineering Events" with information on MEP online tutoring and vritual check-ins; updated "Engineering Software" with instructions on how faculty and students can access MATLABL and Simulink through June 30, 2020 for free
  • Fri., April 3, 2020 - Updated "Status of Engineering Events" with information on Virtual Technology-Assisted Supplemental Instruction (V-TASI) from MEP
  • Fri. April 17, 2020 - Included new information for graduate studies admissions for fall 2020; updated "For Faculty" section with instructions on how to upload recorded lectures on CPP's streaming service Kaltura; updated Status of Engineering Events with information on MEP's M&M session for students; uploaded crash course document in "For Faculty" to assist faculty getting their courses online
  • Fri. May 1, 2020 - Added best practices for conducting virtual exams under the "For Faculty" section; included Credit/No Credit Forum recordings under "For Students"

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Engineering Buildings

All engineering buildings will be inaccessible to students until further notice. Student card swipe access will be removed until further notice. Lecture, seminar, laboratory, activity, supervisory, and independent study classes are all required to be delivered remotely.

Engineering Software

Since lecture, seminar, laboratory, activity, supervisory, and independent study classes are all required to be delivered remotely, we cannot require students to come onto campus to use the engineering software. Therefore, each instructor will provide alternate course assignments that do not require the on-campus usage of engineering software in the engineering computer labs.

Cal Poly Pomona is pleased to offer all faculty and students a special license for MATLAB and Simulink through June 30, 2020. In addition, you will have browser access using MATLAB Online and MATLAB Drive.

Access instructions:

  1. Go to the MATLAB Portal to see a list of available products and get started.
  2. Click “Sign in to get started” under the Get MATLAB section.
  3. You will be asked to create a MathWorks Account. You will be asked to create or sign in with a MathWorks Account associated with your email.

Once you do that, you will be linked to our MATLAB license and will be able to:

  • Download and activate software on your personal computer
  • Start using MATLAB Online from a web browser

Need help with MATLAB Basics? Access free, self-paced training to get started in less than 2 hours: MATLAB Onramp. If you have trouble installing MATLAB, go to the MATLAB Portal and click “Need Installation Help” to get support.

If you are using a commercial license, please continue to do so.

Remote Work for Engineering Staff

Essential Staff: Staff deemed as essential (required to be on campus) are now on call. You will be called to come onto campus if the need arises.

Non-Essential Staff: Staff who have not received an on-site emergency schedule will continue to work remotely. However, they may be required to come to campus if needed.

Whether staff are working fully or partially remotely, staff are required to fill out the Temporary Remote Work Agreement (download button below) and send it to Mary Shoo

Download the Temporary Remote Work Agreement

Update Your Contact Information on BroncoDirect

It is essential to confirm that your contact information—your mobile number, most critically—is current in BroncoDirect, which will facilitate communication to our campus community.

Update Your Mobile Number in BroncoDirect

Update for Graduate Program Applications

All GRE and GMAT requirements have been waived temporarily for admissions in fall 2020. Further, in place of a TOEFL requirement, we now accept the Duolingo english test.

Status of Engineering Offices, Services and Events

Status: Modified Operations

All staff are working remotely. If you have an inquiry with a particular staff person, please contact that person via email. The Dean's Office directory can be found here. You can also search for CPP faculty and staff contact information via Bronco411.

Status: Modified Operations

All staff and student facilitators are working remotely. Please contact MEP via email at

  • MEP scholarship application deadlines have been moved to April 30, 2020
  • Online tutoring services will be available starting April 6. See "Status of Engineering Events" below for more information.
  • Virtual Technology-Assisted Supplemental Instruction will be available starting the week of April 6. See “Status of Engineering Events” below for more information.

For the status of events, refer to the section "Status of Engineering Events" below.

MEP Virtual Office Check-In Sessions: MEP would like to continue maintaining a culture of social belongingness by offering virtual office hours for students to chat with someone. Simply click on the Zoom link for any given day and timeslot.

Chat with one of our MEP Student Concierges (Christen Schlag, Kerby Diaz, Yulissa Gutierrez)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
12 PM - 2 PM 10 AM - 2 PM 12 PM - 2 PM 10 AM - 2 PM

10 AM - 1 PM

2 PM - 3 PM

Zoom link:


Chat with one of our MEP Team Members

Monday Wednesday Thursday
11 AM - 12 PM (with Ms. Cynthia Casado)
Zoom link:
10 AM - 11 AM (with Mr. Scott Chang)
Zoom link:
9 AM - 10 AM (with Dr. Lily Gossage)
Zoom link:

Status: Modified Operations

All staff are working remotely. All engineering advising services are being handled remotely via email and Zoom.

If students currently have appointments scheduled or if they schedule one for the future, you will recieve a Zoom link to use to have their appointment with the advisor online.

To students who wish to schedule an appointment, contact your relevant advisor via email:

Engineering Advisor Contact for Each Program
Civil/Construction/Industrial/Manufacturing Monica Kays
Mechanical/Aerospace Alexandra Retana
Electrical/Computer/Electromechanical/Electronic Systems/Chemical Kenneth Partner

For all general questions or for those that are not able to get an appointment, but are still seeking advising, they can email


Event Date 


For questions/info 

General Engineering Tours (GET) 

March 20, April 10, May 1 



CPP WE Talk 

March 26, 2020 



MEP Virtual Check-Ins

Beginning March 30


Mondays (11 am – 12 pm)
• Session Host: Ms. Cynthia Casado:
• Zoom Link:

Wednesdays (10 am – 11 am)
• Session Host: Mr. Scott Chang
• Zoom Link:

Fridays (9 am – 10 am)
• Session Host: Dr. Lily Gossage
• Zoom Link:

MEP Virtual Technology-Assisted Supplemental Instruction (V-TASI)

Beginning week of April 6


Conducted three times weekly via Zoom. Two sessions are offered during U-Hour, with the third session offered outside of U-Hour. Click here for the full schedule and access info.

V-TASI will support the following courses: ARO 2041; ARO 2150; CHE 2021; ECE 3715; ME 2141; ME 2150; ME 2191; ME 3011

MEP Online Tutoring

Beginning week of April 6


Conducted by appointment via Zoom on various days/times throughout the week.

Online tutoring will support a variety of courses. Please schedule a tutoring appointment by clicking on this link:

Please note: All previous existing appointments prior to transition to virtual instruction have been cancelled. You'll need to make a new appointment.

Distinguished Lecture Series 

April 7, 2020 



CPP WE Study Session 

April 8, 2020 



Cal Poly Pomona Professional Engineering Networking Event 

April 8, 2020 



Femineer Summit 

April 10, 2020 



MEP Minecraft Challenge

April 16, 2020 

Modified – Conducted via Zoom 

Thursday (12 PM - 1 PM)
• Session Host: Dr. Lily Gossage and Jeniffer Fong (MEP)
• Eventbrite Registration Link: 
• Zoom Link: 

Contact for information

NAVSEA Recruiting Event 

April 16, 2020 



Joint Faculty Lunch 

April 16, 2020 



Robot Rally 

April 17, 2020 



MEP M&M Session IV

April 23, 2020

Modified - Conducted via Zoom

Thursday, April 23 (12 PM - 1 PM)

Mentor and Mentee (M&M) sessions are structured community-building activity sessions for the MEP Peer Mentoring program. Currently, our online sessions are open to any student who would like to join us to chit-chat, participate in the group activities, or otherwise just want to take a break from studying.

The Zoom room will open at 11:45 AM. Have a small lunch and drink so we can eat and chit chat before getting started!

Zoom link:

Click here to RSVP

Virtual Project Symposium & Showcase 

May 1, 2020 

Modified - Virtual Only

The Virtual Project Symposium & Showcase event provides an opportunity for students across the college to remotely present their projects for review by faculty, industry representatives, alumni, other students, and guests. This is a significant learning experience stressing teamwork, organization, and communication - important elements in an engineering career.

No registration is needed to attend this virtual event.

Updates at a later date with instructions on how to view live and pre-recorded videos, and other types of presentations, will be provided.

For questions, contact:

Femineer Summit 

May 13, 2020 



MEP/College of Engineering Scholarship Conferral Luncheon 

May 14, 2020 

Modified – Conducted via Zoom

MEP Graduation Banquet & Awards Recognition 

May 14, 2020 

Modified – Conducted via Zoom 

Valedictorian Recognition 

May 12, 2020 


Engineering Commencement 

May 17, 2020 


Additional Resources

Credit/No Credit Forum - College of Engineering Undergraduates

Credit/No Credit Forum - All Graduate Program

Academic & Student Services Support

Engineering Deans and Chairs Contact Information 




Room No. 

Phone No. 


Joseph Rencis 



Associate Dean 

Alan Fuchs 



Associate Dean 

M. Ronald Yeung 



Aerospace Engineering Chair 

Ali Ahmadi 



Chemical and Materials Engineering Chair 

Vilupanur Ravi 



Civil Engineering Chair 

Xudong Jia 



Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair 

Halima El Naga 



Electromechanical Engineering Technology Chair 

Massoud Moussavi 



Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Chair 

Kamran Abedini 



Mechanical Engineering Chair 

Angela Shih 




How to Get Your Prorated Parking Permit Refunds

Guidelines - Best Practices - Remote Testing

A Crash Course on Moving Your Courses Online

Guides for Teaching Continuity 

At minimum, all faculty must use Blackboard (Bb) for every course section they teach specifically to:

  1. Have the Bb course available to students in the course
  2. Use Bb to communicate with students
  3. Post the course syllabus
  4. Record and share scores and grades using the Grade Book

CoE Virtual Instruction Training Video Approximate timestamps available in the video description. 

Crash Course on Camtasia (PDF)

Faculty whose laptops are not currently set up with Zoom capabilities are instructed to contact Lucas Lanting, Director of Academic Technology Support, at

Uploading your Recorded Lectures for Students in 3 Steps:

  1. Give and record your lecture with Zoom - How To Record and Upload Zoom (4m 58s)
  2. Upload your zoom recording to Kaltura - How to Create a Kaltura Account (1m 26s)
  3. Link your Kaltura video in Blackboard - Putting Kaltura Content on Blackboard (1m 59s)

It is not advised to uploaded Zoom recordings directly into Blackboard as it eats into Blackboard's memory and the videos will not be captioned.