Cal Poly’s Online Certificate for Printed Electronics

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—July 30, 2013—Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department will offer a new graduate level program in printed electronics and functional imaging in January 2014. The curriculum is designed to help working professionals learn about markets; production processes; materials and business models for printed electronics; active and “intelligent” packaging; security printing; and other functional, additive printing applications.

“There are five online graduate courses in the certificate program,” said Graduate Coordinator Malcolm Keif. “The intent is to help industry professionals gain critical knowledge in these emerging fields using world-class online education models. This is not simply a series of webinars; it is a meaningful, instructor-led program with classmates, homework and due dates.”

The entire certificate can be completed in 12 months. The program is comprised of five courses, most of which last eight weeks. Courses are held online, yet students can expect to interact with fellow students like they would in a classroom.

Department Chair Ken Macro is excited about launching the program. “It has been in the works for more than two years, and we are confident we can provide a first-rate experience for professionals,” he said.

Applications are due October 1, 2013, for classes starting in January 2014. Students must already have a bachelor’s degree to apply. For more information, contact Keif at 805-756-2500 or visit

About the Cal Poly Graphic Communication Department
The Graphic Communication Department was founded in 1946 and is one of the largest and best-known programs of its kind in the United States. It includes concentrations in graphic communication management, Web and digital media, design reproduction technology, graphics for packaging, and individualized study. The program is strongly supported by industry with grants and endowments and with equipment, supplies and software for the department’s more than 33,000 square feet of modern laboratories. The department is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications.

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