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Provost's Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy

Brian Granger


2019 Awardee – Dr. Brian Granger

Associate Professor in the Physics Department, College of Science and Mathematics

Dr. Brian Granger’s work to forge partnerships with several prestigious charitable foundations and corporations at the forefront of data science and artificial intelligence development has brought outstanding research and learning opportunities to the students and faculty at Cal Poly. His efforts will greatly affect the future of the Physics Department, the College of Science and Mathematics and the university.

Granger co-leads Project Jupyter, which develops open-source software, open-standards and services for interactive computing across dozens of programming languages. In 2018, Granger was able to leverage funding made possible by Bill and Linda Frost of the Frost Foundation to secure $2.3 million in investment for Project Jupyter from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Schmidt Futures.

Granger was nominated for this honor by Dean Wendt, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “Brian Granger provides an excellent example of not only partnership, but of leadership in philanthropy,” said Wendt. “The philanthropic work Brian has done will have a lasting impact on our students, the emerging field of data science, and growth in the national and international reputation of our university.”


Past Awardees

Please check back in March 2020 for nomination deadlines

The Provost's Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy celebrates visionary leaders who have forged critical partnerships to advance the mission of Cal Poly. Nominees may be current or former faculty members who have been instrumental in comprehensive development and fundraising efforts. The award recipient will be selected by the Provost and will receive campus wide recognition.

Faculty, staff and current students are eligible to submit nominations. Please include the following in the nomination packet:

  1. Completed nomination form. PDF | Word
  2. A letter of nomination describing the nominee's efforts to leverage support to advance the mission of Cal Poly. Include illustrations of how the nominee works effectively with donors, alumni and the advancement staff at Cal Poly; highlighting special activities that relate to this effort.

For more information contact Jeanne Scott, Office of the Provost

805-756-2186 or email

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