Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Program

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News & Events from 2008-2013

LAES in the News-2013

ASEE Focuses on Multidisciplinary Learning

June 25, 2013

Michael Haungs, LAES Co-Director presented the paper "Assessing Student and Employer Satisfaction in a Liberal Arts/Engineering Bachelor of Arts Degree (opens in new window)" at the American Society for Engineering Education 2013 Conference. This was one of several in a session showcasing collaborations between Humanities and Engineering and the fusion of Art and Engineering.


March 6, 2013

LAES and the Expressive Technology Group partnered with the SLO International Film Festival (opens in new window) to present the opening night tribute to Industrial Light & Magic–Creating the Impossible in the Spanos Theatre. Afterward, a panel discussion, featuring visual effects experts, was held to provide industry insights to students.

LAES in the News-2012

LAES Achieves Permanent Status!

June, 2012

The Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies, B.A. degree program achieved permanent University status after going through a rigorous Program Review process.  We received overwhelming support of the Resolution on Proposed New Degree Program from the Academic Senate Members and President Armstrong has sent the proposal to the Chancellor's Office for final approval. View the letter (pdf) from LAES Director, David Gillette to all who have supported the program.

On February 8, 2013, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White gave the final approval to convert from pilot to regular permanent status, the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies major.

Celebration and Outreach

June 8, 2012

We got together at the Expressive Technology Workshop to celebrate the end of the quarter, the end of the school year, and most importantly, the accomplishment of finally becoming a permanent part of the Cal Poly curriculum. CENG Dean, Debra Larson and CLA Dean, Linda Halisky, LAES Directors, Staff, and Students, and other dignitaries got to meet some visiting parents and prospective students. Along with some great discussions, Chef Michael slow cooked the best Tri-Tip many of us ever ate!

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SLO International Film Festival Panel Discussion

March 10, 2012

Over 100 Cal Poly students, faculty and staff attended a panel discussion, workshop and awards ceremony honoring and discussing the work of Richard Taylor, one of the founders of New Zealand’s Weta Workshop. The awards presentation was a part of the SLO Film Festival event.

During the interactive technical discussion, several students seized the opportunity to ask questions about the important role that "learning by doing" plays when creating movie props. The panel discussion included our very own David Gillette and was promoted by the Cal Poly Expressive Technology Group (pdf).

Global Game Jam Event

January 27-29, 2012

Global Game Jam students in the LAES Expressive Technology Workshop.Global Game Jam students in the LAES Expressive Technology Workshop.

LAES students participated in the 48 hour Global Game Jam (opens in new window) event. Cal Poly was one of eight California sites to participate in the event and was supervised by the Cal Poly Game Development Club (CPGD) advisors: professors Foaad Khosmood and Zoe Wood. The LAES Lab was one spot on campus used as a place for inspiration during the around the clock event. View pictures (opens in new window).

Homecoming for the Mind Festival

Fall 2011

View the first annual Homecoming for the Mind Featured Student Video (opens in a new window) by LAES student, Roman Couvrette on “Sustainable Community Development: Using Technology to Build Better Communities.”

The Homecoming for the Mind festival showcases the knowledge, skills, and achievements in the liberal arts. Whether it's performing on stage, serving in the community, or conducting research abroad, liberal arts students and faculty exemplify Learn by Doing through the creative expression of culture, values, and self and through contributions to solving real-world problems.

Graduate Celebration & Ribbon Cutting

June 10, 2009

LAES Program Directors, students and CLA Dean, Linda Halisky, congratulated our program's first two graduates, Bill Trammel and Donovan Loomis. Additional festivities included a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of our Building 4 lab/project/demo room, also called the Expressive Technology Workshop.

LAES students set up and inventoried equipment consisting of a new screening facility, sound editing/creating station, computing systems, and a fully functional Intimate Transactions.

LAES Directors Attend Symposium

June 5-6, 2009

LAES Directors, Alypios Chatziioanou and David Gillette attended the 2009 Symposium on Engineering & Liberal Education. The event was hosted by Union College in Albany, NY and participation included colleges from around the country. View additional information on the 2009 Symposium (opens a new window).

LAES Forms Academic Advisory Board

Spring 2009

The new Academic Advisory Board will provide suggestions on curriculum planning, course scheduling, and student advising and help guide the program's future goals. The Board participants include the LAES Directors, Kathy Chen (CENG), James Keese (CLA), Elizabeth Lowham (CLA) and Trygve Lundquist (CENG).

Program Outreach

November 19, 2008

LAES students, potential students, and their guests participated in an open discussion about the program, including what we are doing now and what our future plans are. These twice per year gatherings provide a great opportunity to meet current LAES students, learn more about who we are and the exciting projects we are working on.

China Intimate Transactions Show

June 7-17, 2008

Cal Poly’s Liberal Arts & Engineering Studies Program, in collaboration with the Transmute Collective of Australia and the National Art Museum of China, presented Intimate Transactions. The interactive art exhibit was presented as part of the pre-Beijing Summer Olympics show, “China International New Media Arts Show 2008.” Intimate Transactions is an exciting form of interactive art that allows two people in separate locations to interact and respond to each other using body movement. The Cal Poly "American Node" ran daily from Building 58.

Jason Calacanis Webcast, Weblogs, Inc. Founder

June 2, 2008

The LAES 301 class connected with Jason Calacanis in a live discussion on the subject of entrepreneurship and current conditions for starting a business. Jason was CEO and co-founder of Weblogs Inc. which became a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL in November of 2005.

Hollywood Visits

April 24-25, 2008

LAES 301 Spring Quarter students took a field trip to Los angeles to visit the production studios and workshops for a number of our new commercial partners. Students visited the studio and office facilities for Warner Brothers, THX Best Practices Lab, Raleigh Studios, Paramount Studios and one of the major design workshops for Disney Imagineering.

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LAES 301 Class

Engineering and Art unite in LAES 301 project-based introductory course.

The class is open to all second year and above Cal Poly majors and provides innovative hands-on work, in a team setting, for real-life projects.

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The LAES Club exists to bring together students interested in creative technologies, to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects and learn about and network with members of the industry.

Stay tuned for their Fall 2016 meeting schedule.

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The B.A. degree program in Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies (LAES) is jointly offered by the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Engineering.

The program prepares students for a wide range of innovative careers in emerging professional fields that combine skills and interests in the arts, technology, and culture.

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