About the Institute
The Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy was founded by former State Senator Sam Blakeslee who serves as its Founding Director. With a background as a practicing scientist and successful business owner as well as a respected legislator, Blakeslee observed firsthand how public policy is often developed with little insight or understanding of the potential transformative benefits of emerging technologies. In fact, laws, regulations and standards often impede new solutions offered by emerging technology.
That's why Blakeslee created the Institute in 2012: to bring policy leaders and industry experts together with Cal Poly students and faculty to develop and deploy practical solutions to complex challenges facing society today. The Institute’s project portfolio tackles national and global challenges across three issue areas: Open Government, Education, and Energy.
The Institute is non-partisan and self-supporting, guided by the highest principles of academic freedom to assure constructive engagement on cutting edge policy challenges facing California.
The mission of the Institute is to develop and promote practical solutions to real-world problems by informing and driving public policy through advanced technology. Interdisciplinary teams of students, faculty, industry leaders and policy experts adept at removing barriers apply technology to craft practical yet transformative solutions ripe for implementation.