As one of only six polytechnic universities nationwide, the hallmark of Cal Poly Pomona is the learn-by-doing philosophy, directly stemming from its polytechnic mission. By blending theory and practice in all its disciplines, the University recognizes that students tackling classroom problems today will be the employees solving real-world problems tomorrow. Students are afforded opportunities to apply their knowledge in hands-on projects, collaborate with faculty members on research, and participate in valuable internships and service-learning programs.
Michael Woo brings a unique background in public service, community involvement, and urban planning to his role as Dean of the College of Environmental Design. He was the first trained urban planner and the first Asian American elected to serve on the Los Angeles City Council.
A native of Los Angeles, Woo received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned his Master of City Planning degree from UC Berkeley. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
He was appointed as Dean in 2009.
The College of Environmental Design offers a graduate degree in Regenerative Studies; undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning; and undergraduate degrees in Art History and Graphic Design. ENV's four departments and two interdisciplinary research centers are: