Welcome from the Dean

The College of Opportunity

When I talk with prospective students and parents about Cal Poly Pomona, the first questions they ask are about jobs and salaries after graduation. These are obviously relevant questions, but I want to share what makes a Cal Poly Pomona learn by doing education a competitive advantage for our graduates versus others: Opportunity, opportunity, and opportunity.

This is what I hope to make clear above all else: The college provides an excellent engineering education with a surplus of opportunity that empowers students to leverage all they are learning to earn those great jobs and substantial starting salaries that parents and prospective students justifiably inquire about.

Opportunities to think. Cal Poly Pomona engineering students are prepared for life—not just for a job—through rigorous courses that do not merely build knowledge, but also teach that rewards come from hard work. Those lessons are broadened through faculty mentoring and guidance that encourage students to look for creative approaches to problems, take intellectual risks, and pursue unconventional ideas. The wide variety of curricular and co-curricular experiences offered at Cal Poly Pomona instill time management skills and discipline as they provide significant professional growth and enrichment.

Opportunities to build relationships for success. There is an incredible value of networking at Cal Poly Pomona, where students have access to many opportunities to grow their skills and connections over the course of their academic career. Faculty members have developed long-standing relationships with industry professionals, our alumni are committed to the success of our graduates, and career-development services are available the moment students enroll.

Alumni share their time and expertise speaking to classes, advising competition teams and clubs, leading or assisting with senior capstone design projects, and recruiting students for internships and jobs. These personal interactions do not happen elsewhere to the degree they occur here.

Opportunities to build relationships for success. There is an incredible value of networking at Cal Poly Pomona, where students have access to many opportunities to grow their skills and connections over the course of their academic career. Faculty members have developed long-standing relationships with industry professionals, our alumni are committed to the success of our graduates, and career-development services are available the moment students enroll.

Alumni share their time and expertise speaking to classes, advising competition teams and clubs, leading or assisting with senior capstone design projects, and recruiting students for internships and jobs. These personal interactions do not happen elsewhere to the degree they occur here.

Opportunities for the future. At Cal Poly Pomona, we look beyond the students in our classrooms today and provide opportunities to the community through extensive outreach. Upcoming generations get to discover engineering and think like an engineer, too. Our nationally recognized Femineer® Program is a prime example, giving opportunity to thousands of young girls through K-12 outreach. Further, we have embarked on a seven-year strategic plan to provide opportunities for our students today and tomorrow.

Opportunities from your investment. Our supporters—alumni, donors, philanthropists, entrepreneurs—understand their investments generate opportunities for our students. It is incumbent upon us to provide them with as many opportunities to create, discover, and innovate.
Whatever road you are traveling and whatever your destination will be in the future, I hope each of you finds great pleasure and reward along the way. Cal Poly Pomona is a special place with boundless opportunities and I look forward to welcoming those of you who are planning to one day join our community of Bronco Engineers.

Go Broncos!

With warm regards,

Joseph J. Rencis, Ph.D., P.E.
Dean, College of Engineering
2015-16 President, American Society for
Engineering Education (ASEE)