Provost's Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy
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.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Provost's Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy was not awarded in the 2020-2021 Academic Year.