California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo Dedicates New Gene Haas Labs

On January 25, 2016 College President Jeffrey Armstrong, Dean Debra Larson,  Dr. Jose Macedo, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Chair, many engineering department instructors and staff, students and guests from Haas Automation, the Gene Haas Foundation gathered for the dedication of the new Gene Haas Advanced Manufacturing Lab and Gene Haas Net Shapes LabHaas-Dedication-18 copy

Jeffrey Armstrong spoke of the relationship between Haas and the college. Gene Haas’ commitment to Cal Poly can be seen in all corners of our College of Engineering. From your generous in-kind gifts, to your sponsorship of student scholarships, laboratory spaces, events and more, the foundation has influenced the minds and careers of countless students and faculty who have a passion for manufacturing. Your valued leadership has helped foster an environment where enterprising students are encouraged to face new challenges, develop solutions and grow into the innovative global leaders the engineering industry needs for the 21st century.

Thank you for sharing in our Learn by Doing vision, and for your partnership. You have inspired generations of graduates who are igniting a renaissance in U.S. manufacturing.


As an established Cal Poly partner, the Gene Haas Foundation has demonstrated outstanding leadership through its philanthropy, which empowers our students to seek out enterprising experiences that prepare them for future success as engineers. These investments have a broad impact on our students, the university’s hands-on learning approach, and the industry itself through the development of talented, Day One-ready engineers.

Cal Poly is grateful to Haas and its employees for generously giving their time and energy to serve as role models, educators and mentors to our students.

“I would be hard-pressed to determine the state of my department without the unique generosity of this organization or without Gene Haas in particular. We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude. The Gene Haas Foundation has been a model for how industrial partners can collaborate with educational institutions.” – Dr Jose Macedo