Strategic Research Initiative: Technology Workforce

Cal Poly plays a crucial role in training the technological and scientific workforce. Yet, we also know that the skills and competencies required to both be successful in and to shape the future of technology are changing. Projects in this theme are aimed at preparing students and communities for the new shape of and skills required to act in technological spaces.  

View the Technology Workforce Theme Flyer Here!

Smart Campus, PIs Amir Hajrasouliha, Jeong Woo, Joe Cleary and Amin Malek Mohammadi

By creating a campus twin, this project aims to understand the movement of people on campus. Initially focused on understanding how to use data to break silos across campus to improve outcomes, this project takes on new importance in light of the response to COVID 19. The Smart Campus project can help us understand physical distancing practices, as well as patterns of movement, to help us better ensure public health. 

Revolutionizing Tech Workforce, PIs Matt Harsh and Deb Donig 

This project develops research, outreach and institutional program building to address the proliferation of harmful, though frequently unintended consequences resulting from technological production to train the next generation of ethical technologists. 

Transforming Access to Cybersecurity in California (TrACC), PIs Bruce DeBruhl and Anika Leithner 

TrACC aims to address the fundamental problems of access to cybersecurity training and to cybersecurity services by developing holistic cybersecurity training and education, with an emphasis on serving cybersecurity underserved communities. 

Aerospace ResearchPIs Pauline Faure, John Bellardo and Ryan Nugent    

Building off of the success of the university’s CubeSat Lab, researchers at Cal Poly are working to create opportunities to expand access to research opportunities offered by the federal government.


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