Interdisciplinary Committee

The Interdisciplinary Committee is to support interdisciplinary education at Cal Poly by helping students develop a technical understanding of other disciplines and empathy for other disciplines. This committee performs the following functions:

  1. Develop ideas and strategies which will allow for a greater level of collaboration across multiple industry-related disciplines
  2. Interact with the faculty, as well as other departments and schools to educate our goals and create related learning opportunities
  3. Report to the Managing Directors Committee strategies and initiatives which may be considered for implementation

2-Year Goal

  • Support curriculum (Technical Understanding of other Disciplines)
    • Collect Metrics (a survey) – Reach out to alumni who took the interdisciplinary courses and get their feedback – what worked, what didn’t
    • Support recreation of EDES 101 (15K-20K / year budget required)
    • Create a “Cohort” of interdisciplinary study
  • Support connections/relationships (Develop Empathy for other Disciplines)
    • Support Interdisciplinary Club fundraising and help students advertise
    • Co-host mixers between CAED
    • Create interdisciplinary committees within other departments << No committees in the other departments yet
    • Get Department Heads unified in promoting the understanding of interdisciplinary study and interaction between the schools
  • Both:
    • Interdisciplinary Guest lectures

Curriculum and Programs-Interdisciplinary Committee-May 2020 Report

20201106-Interdisciplinary Committee-Report-Curriculum-and-Programs

Committee Members

Role Name Company
Interdisciplinary Lead Kyle Spitznagel Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company
Faculty Representative Phil Barlow Cal Poly Construction Management Department
Enrique Ivers Dragados
Interdisciplinary Co-Lead Charlie Mallers Largo Concrete, Inc.
Matthew Susank Webcor
Ryan Brown XL Construction