March 3, 2016

Contact: Amy Hewes

Cal Poly Named a Top University for Aerospace and Defense Industries

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly was named a top school for the aerospace and defense industries (A&D) in the 2015 Workforce Study compiled by Aviation Week & Space Technology.

The magazine compiled its list of top schools based on preferred suppliers of skills, the school from which the most graduates were hired in 2014, and the top schools as identified by young professionals who believe their alma mater and its reputation have a direct correlation to their career success.

Cal Poly ranked first in the category in which young professionals assessed the reputation and impact of their alma mater on their careers. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was second, Purdue University third and Iowa State University fourth. Fifth place was a tie between Pennsylvania State University and the University of Washington.

In response to Cal Poly’s ranking, Beth Anderson, 1985 Cal Poly aerospace engineering alumna and vice president of supplier management payloads and systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said, “I am not surprised! Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing approach has graduated generations of engineers that possess the curiosity, confidence and passion needed to blaze trails in this fascinating industry. Going into the next century, the future is bright for aerospace and Cal Poly!” 

Since 1997, Aviation Week has tracked employment opportunity and compensation in the A&D industry. The 2015 Aviation Week Workforce Study surveyed corporations, 1,156 university engineering students and 1,371 young professionals. The data collected indicates that despite a 2 percent reduction in the A&D workforce population, 55,000 jobs will be filled this year, with about 10 percent hired from university campuses.

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