Creating our Future

Creating our future

Student works on project.Our campaign to Celebrate our 80th Anniversary

Our labs are an integral part of our curriculum and have shaped thousands of mechanical engineering students over the past 80 years – we will continue this tradition for years to come. But we need your support.  

During my time as a faculty member at Cal Poly, I have seen our program grow in size and prestige, largely due to our signature Learn by Doing approach.  As one of the top ranked undergraduate mechanical engineering programs in the country, we want to ensure our students have access to well-equipped, modern laboratories. With your support, we can create a better tomorrow for the next generation of Cal Poly mechanical engineers. Our 80th Anniversary Lab Development campaign focuses on improving our labs to create a better hands-on learning experience for our students.

Our Goals

>  Renovate our 15+ labs
>  Upgrade equipment and technology
>  Improve accessibility


I will be donating $80 for each of the years I have been at Cal Poly. Dr. Jim LoCascio has donated his recent CSU Faculty Innovation & Leadership Award of $10,000 to the fund. I challenge you to join us in creating our future. We are extremely grateful for your support and we will see you at our 80th anniversary celebration in 2021.

Department Chair


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Find out if your company has a gift matching program

Find out if your company matches gifts and double your impact! Matching gift applications take just a few minutes to complete, and most programs will accept applications for gifts you’ve already made. 

Find out if you or your spouse work for a Cal Poly gift matching partner and begin your application by entering your company’s name in the Employer Match tool below.

If your employer has a matching gift program, follow the links to their application and instructions. Below is the important information you’ll need to complete your application:

Org/Recipient Name: Cal Poly Foundation/California Polytechnic State Univ. Foundation
Tax/EIN: 20-4927897
Address: Cal Poly Fund, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Send your gift, along with your application, to the address above for completion by our matching gifts specialist. If you completed an online application, we will receive an electronic request from your matching program to verify your gift. When the matching gift is received, we’ll send you a notification and send the matching funds to the same program as your original gift.

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Send a Check

Make check payable to Cal Poly.

Mail  to:

Cal Poly 
Mechanical Engineering Department
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA

Our Supporters



Ron and Bonnie Swenson are the parents of two Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering graduates, a son and daughter-in-law.  The Swensons recognize the impact that Cal Poly learn by doing has on many students and chose to generously donate $70,000 to the renovation of the Thermal Sciences Lab.  They hope that their gift will inspire others to support the Mechanical Engineering 80th Anniversary campaign.







Neal graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in 1985 and is a Systems Engineer at Raytheon in Los Angeles. Neal has been a longtime supporter of our department and uses Raytheon’s gift matching to double the impact of his gift. He hopes his gift will inspire others to support our 80th campaign.

“The mechanical engineering department is important to me. I want to give back to the University because that’s where I gained my knowledge and education. I wanted a way to directly support labs so that both instructors and students have everything they need to learn.”


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