A Brief Review of the University's Remarkable Achievements During the 2011-12 Academic Year
Cal Poly Pomona hosted the inaugural season of the National Cyber League's West Coast division and further developed its already formidable cybersecurity resources, thanks to a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation awarded to Cal Poly Pomona and a consortium of western colleges. CyberWatch West will be dedicated to increasing the number of cybersecurity professionals by strengthening academic programs, enabling professional development for faculty, promoting student development and encouraging partnerships between schools and industry.
The new W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library was unveiled. The library, dedicated to collecting and preserving materials about the breed, as well as Kellogg's original Arabian horse ranch, was opened with a generous donation from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Student Kim Rhode qualified for her fifth Olympics during the 2011-2012 academic year. A food marketing and agribusiness management major, she went on to win a gold medal in the women's skeet shooting competition in London. Her record-setting performance makes her the first American to win individual medals in five consecutive Olympics.
A $360,000 National Science Foundation grant will allow aerospace engineering students and faculty to continue their research and development of robust controllers for unmanned aerial vehicles. Engineers are developing custom controllers that will allow the vehicles to fly on autopilot and handle the elements.
Cal Poly Pomona continues to succeed in its green efforts, achieving the honor of being included in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges" for the third time. The university was recognized by organizations that encourage the practice of sustainability in educational environments.
A new partnership with Pasadena City College will ease the path for transfer students who want to continue environmental science studies at Cal Poly Pomona. A $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will build stronger connections between the biology and geology programs at both institutions.
Danny's Farm has established its home base at Cal Poly Pomona. In the partnership, the university supplies the animals and location, and the nonprofit petting zoo provides staff members, who are usually adults with development disabilities. Student volunteers from the Animal Health Science & Technology Association also help care for the animals.
Cal Poly Pomona's SAE team won top honors from the international organization. Cliff Stover, director of engineering projects lab and professor, received the SAE Faculty Advisor Award for 2011. The award honors his dedication and contributions to the Formula and Baja SAE teams as well as SAE International. The SAE team was awarded with the 2011 SAE Honeywell Outstanding Collegiate Branch Award in recognition of its exemplary performance.
Mary Yu Danico, a professor of sociology, was named the 2012-2014 president of the Association for Asian American Studies. As president, Danico will convene the two national association meetings, conduct its business meetings and preside over its awards ceremony. Danico is an expert on race relations, youth culture, family and the Asian diaspora. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Korea and is working on her fourth book on the Korean-American diaspora.
The Collins College of Hospitality Management honored Sam Nazarian, founder, CEO and chairman of sbe, with the 2012 Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award. The gala at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live raised more than $200,000 to support the college.