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From HVAC&R Leadership

Dear Fellow Supporters of Cal Poly HVAC&R,

HVACOur 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.

As most of you know, 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 provide:

  • Enhanced instructional activities and expansion of the program’s reach.
  • Student field trips to visit job sites and meet with HVAC&R professionals – the students currently make two of these trips per year in Northern and Southern California.
  • Student trips to the national ASHRAE convention.
  • Funds to keep our new HVAC&R Laboratory functional and state-of-the-art.
  • Equipment and supplies for the students to participate in Cal Poly’s Open House and showcase our industry.

The students and faculty at Cal Poly – along with all of us in the HVAC&R profession who benefit by the caliber of engineers that Cal Poly graduates – thank you for your generous support.


Doug Scott, VaCom Technologies, Current Co-Chair Jesse Maddren, Professor
Rick Taipale, Current Co-Chair Steffen Peuker, Professor

Joe Ross, tk1sc, Current Co-Chair

Jennifer Mott, Professor

Our Mission

The objective of the Cal Poly HVAC&R Industry Advisory Board is to assist the Mechanical Engineering Department in maintaining the excellence of the HVAC&R program and to encourage it to continue it's traditional "hands-on" approach to engineering education. The goals of the HVAC&R Industry Advisory Board are:

  1. To help keep the Mechanical Engineering Department up-to-date on current and future needs of engineering graduates planning to enter the HVAC&R industry;
  2. To assist the Mechanical Engineering Department in developing and implementing goals related to the HVAC&R curriculum, laboratories and student activities;
  3. To create an opportunity for faculty to exchange ideas with people in the HVAC&R industry;
  4. To help HVAC&R industry leaders better understand the goals of the Mechanical Engineering Department;
  5. To assist the Mechanical Engineering Department in seeking public and private support for the HVAC&R curriculum, laboratories and student activities.


Cal Poly HVAC&R

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