Opportunities for Giving


Student looking at project80th Anniversary Campaign

Join us in celebrating our legacy! Our 80th Anniversary Lab Development campaign focuses on improving our labs to create a better hands-on learning experience for our students.

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Mechanical Engineering Department

We rely on funds from our alumni and friends to support our students in many ways. The students see the impact of this support from their first week on campus to their last official ME events. This support also allows us to uphold our core values by keeping class sizes down, labs equipped, and our students on track to graduate on time. Please consider helping out to ensure that we can continue to deliver the high-quality education on which we have built a national reputation.

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Rodney Keif Memorial Scholarship

Rodney Keif was a beloved member of the HVAC&R community. For those fortunate enough to have been under his tutelage, his influence, not only academically, but also in life, will remain indelibly printed in all of our mutual successes.  The Keif family has started a scholarship in memory of Rodney.

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Our endowment was created to specifically support the HVAC&R program at Cal Poly, which means that all proceeds can only be used for the betterment of the program and do not go into the general fund. Our program was suspended for over a decade from the late 80s through 2000. By building a strong endowment, we are making it possible to sustain the program for the long-haul. Your contributions will support our state-of-the-art HVAC&R lab, industry tours, national ASHRAE convention, and participation in Cal Poly's Open House.

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shop techsStudent Shop Technicians

The machine shops distinguish Cal Poly as a truly unique, hands-on engineering program. The shops offer opportunities for students to get their hands dirty and learn about what it takes to see their designs completed. The grease that keeps this machine going is our student shop technician group that consists of students from varied engineering majors that help their peers stay safe as they explore the possibilities available in the Aero Hangar and the Mustang '60 Machine Shop. Your gift to this fund will go directly to support our student technicians. 

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More Ways to Give

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.

For more information, visit https://giving.calpoly.edu/matching


If you are interested in donating equipment, please contact us! 805-756-1334

Sending a Check

You may also send a check directly to the department, payable to the Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering Department. Add a note specifying one of the ME needs, unless you would like us to use our discretion in directing the gift to one of the needs listed.

Mail to:

California Polytechnic State University
Mechanical Engineering Department
1 Grand Avenue
Building 13, Room 254
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

For questions, please contact us.

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