Alphabetical List of Organized Research and Training Units

Accounting Advancement Center
Links SJSU students and accounting professional firms, facilitates student networking and professional opportunities, sponsors student seminars on current accounting issues, and rewards excellence among students and faculty members through scholarships and grants.

Bay Area Retail Leadership Center
Consists of a multilateral partnership between SJSU students, retail industry partners, and SJSU faculty, administration, and staff.  A program of Center-sponsored events brings constituents together in an effort to provide co-curricular, experiential learning opportunities designed to build students’ leadership skills as well as their awareness and knowledge about retailing as a career destination.

Biotechnology Education and Research Institute (no link available)
Directs the development of biotechnology through inter-departmental cooperation and serves as a clearinghouse and promotes cooperation between industry, government, and the university in biotechnology research and development. Contact the College of Science for more information.

Biodiversity Center
Furthers the conservation of biodiversity and promotes stewardship of natural resources through education, outreach, and research.

Center for Applied Mathematics, Computation, and Statistics
Provides an innovative educational program to develop training through practical experience.

Center for Applied Research on Human Services
Housed in CASA, the Center provides supports and services to SJSU faculty interested in applied human services research, including a Grants Academy, writing groups, statistical consultation, and methodological workshops.

Center for Asian Studies
Provides information and counsel about studies in Asia.

Center for Banking and Financial Services
The mission of the Center is to provide an important complementary component to students’ curricular education in the area of financial intermediation. One of its major goals is to create a link between SJSU students and the banking and financial services sector. By promoting professional development events, the Center will provide students with opportunities to interact with professionals. Another major goal is to provide value to the college and university by enhancing the students’ knowledge of financial topics. In fact, the Center sponsors presentations and lectures focusing on topics related to financial intermediation. Finally, the Center rewards excellence among students and faculty members by providing financial support through scholarships and research grants.

Center for Comparative Philosophy
Aims at promoting and enhancing the research and scholarship in comparative philosophy, the concerns of which cut across different disciplines as well as different areas of philosophy, for the sake of contributing to the academic mission of SJSU and the international scholarship of comparative philosophy.

Center for Development of Recycling
A national clearinghouse for recycling information and for applied waste management research aimed to increase the scope and availability of recycling information and to increase the effectiveness of recycling as a solid waste management strategy.

Center for Human Language Technology
Supports the study of computational linguistics, acts as a resource for Silicon Valley technology industries, and explores applications of human language technology in industry, education, and society at large.

Center for International Sport and Human Performance
Promotes and facilitates cross-national and cross-cultural interaction of individuals and their ideas in the context of sport and human performance.

Center for Literary Arts
Provides programs featuring major contemporary writers, poets, and scholars.

Center on Ethics
Facilitates the planning and coordination of research-related activities concerned with issues of professional and business ethics.

Collaborative for Disaster Mitigation (no link available)
A proactive partnership of the public, private, and academic sectors to encourage and facilitate implementation of mitigation measures to minimize the consequences of natural and other disasters.

Global Leadership Advancement Center
Housed in SJSU’s College of Business and Lucas Graduate School, its mission is advancing, fostering, and disseminating cutting-edge knowledge on global leadership and its development via diverse programs for scholars, students, and the community. GLAC has two innovative student programs unique to San Jose State: the GLLab, which is an assessment center for global competencies, and the Global Leadership Passport Program, a co-curricular program in which students earn stamps for activities that prepare them for global work. GLAC's Social Innovation Initiative leverages the symbiotic relationship among San José State University, social entrepreneurs, the City of San José, foundations, and other innovation organizations to encourage and train people to apply technology and innovation for the good of the local community.

Institute for Metropolitan Studies
Facilitates the exchange of knowledge and expertise regarding urban problems and critical matters related to metropolitan development.

Institute for Modern Optics
Facilitates communication, collaboration, and coordination in the area of lasers and optics and promotes research projects in non-linear effects at surfaces, laser beam characteristics, two-wave laser mixing, holography, light emission from thin film tunnels, and laser spectroscopy; contact the Physics Department for more information.

Institute for Nursing Research and Practice
Promotes the climate of inquiry within the School of Nursing by coordinating and promoting research projects and interests of nursing faculty in order to develop innovative models for nursing research, practice, and education.

Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies
The only research facility and document repository in North America dedicated solely to the study of the life of and performance of the works of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Martha Heasley Cox Steinbeck Research Center
Houses one of the most extensive collections of the Nobel Prize-winning author's manuscripts, letters, photographs and artifacts, fostering research concerning the life and work of the author.

Materials Characterization and Metrology Center
Provides materials imaging and chemical analysis capabilities for applications in various fields of science and engineering. Instruments are located in various buildings across campus.

Mineta Transportation Institute

Focuses on international surface transportation policy issues as related to three primary responsibilities: research, education, and technology transfer. MTI receives policy oversight from an internationally respected board of trustees who represent all of the major transportation modes.

Research Institute for Foster Youth Initiatives
Explores ways to eliminate barriers that current and former foster youth face in obtaining a suitable education. Research initiated through this institute will examine how to identify those factors that limit education for this special population, and identify strategies to mitigate those limitations. Contact the College of Applied Sciences and Arts for more information.

Silicon Valley Center for Business Success

Provides a proactive consulting service to Silicon Valley businesses by conducting research and providing business solutions to “tomorrow’s list” of projects and educational needs.

Silicon Valley Center for Cyber Security + Big Data
Directs the development of cyber security and big data research projects through multidisciplinary cooperation.  Serves as the clearinghouse and promotes cooperation between industry, government, and SJSU in research & development, policy analysis & development, and
workforce training.

Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship

Promotes effective entrepreneurship through knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination, collaborative partnerships and outreach activities.

Silicon Valley Center for Global Engineering Education (website pending)
The purpose of the Center is to enhance engineering students’ educational experience and career prospects in the global context by cultivating a vital relationship between SJSU and international engineering education institutions. The activities of the Center are to develop, market, and implement educational cooperation programs to international universities, and to work with various SJSU units to offer outreach activities around global engineering education.

Silicon Valley Center for Global Studies
Conducts research on immigration matters in Northern California, recruits and supports interdisciplinary teams of researchers, hosts international visiting scholars, and provides training in cross-cultural competencies for corporate and nonprofit clients.

Silicon Valley Center for Operations and Technology Management
A knowledge portal for sharing academic and industrial information related to operations, supply chain, and technology management among students, faculty members, and industry partners. It is also the point of training for supplying and supporting the professional needs of the industry. The Center will serve as a future knowledge hub through research on state-of-the art topics relevant to the Center’s themes.

Sourisseau Academy
Promotes better understanding of California's state and local history, with an emphasis on the history of Santa Clara Valley, through graduate scholarships and collections of historical source materials.


Revised December 12, 2014