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Organized Research and Training Units

Research units involve industry/university partnerships to enhance technology transfer, encourage development of new products and improve education.

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 directs the development of biotechnology through inter-departmental cooperation, serves as a clearinghouse and promotes cooperation between industry, government and the university in biotechnology research and development.

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, 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 provides 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 provides 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 of comparative philosophy. Comparative philosophy considers philosophy in a global context: it emphasizes the constructive engagement between distinct methodological approaches, substantial views, or explanatory resources from different philosophical traditions and/or from the complex array of distinct approaches of the same tradition with a global vantage point.

Center for Human Language Technology supports the study of computational linguistics, acts as a resource for Silicon Valley technology industries and explores applications of HLT 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 for Organizational Resilience In a world of accelerating change, resilience is recognized as ever more crucial to survival, not just for individuals but for organizations as well. The mission of the Center for Organizational Resilience (COR) at San Jose State University is to serve as Silicon Valley's Center of Excellence for theory and practice in the emerging field of Resilience Management. COR supports a network of subject matter experts coalescing to provide resilience thought leadership and research and to disseminate leading practices to academia and the public and private sectors through training, seminars and a variety of digital channels.

Center for Service Systems Engineering and Innovation (CSSEI) focuses on the development and application of the principles of service science and management to complex service systems. CSSEI's focus is on investigations related to creating and/or applying technological innovations and human centered systems engineering processes to improve the customer's Access to services and the customer's Service Experience. CSSEI forms collaborations of faculty, students, and industry partners to improve the performance of any health care and regional transportation service system or organization.

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

Center of Smart Technology and Computing for Complex Systems (STCCS) focuses on delivering state-of-the-art engineering solutions to industrial partners and funding agencies, and provides high-quality technical consulting services and technology training to young researchers and local professionals. Experienced academic faculty, students, and research staff at the Center will carry out highly focused R&D projects addressing current and future challenges and needs in businesses, social communities, and government agencies.

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

Collaborative for Disaster Mitigation is 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 advances, fosters, and disseminates 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 José 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 SJSU, 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.

Institute for People and Performance aspires to be a center of excellence aimed at advancing knowledge of human capital management, through a combination of training, research, and engagement with industry and professional organizations. 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 is 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.

Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change encourages, creates and facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration to illuminate the substance, dynamics and significance of the institution of sport as a social sphere within which issues of power and ideology are created, reaffirmed, and challenged. It is dedicated to research, analysis and education focused on the intersection of sport and social justice with activities guided by the theoretical, methodological and applied research perspectives and traditions of the sociology of sport.

Martha Heasley Cox Steinbeck Research Center houses one of the most extensive collections of John Steinbeck's manuscripts, letters, photographs and artifacts, fostering research concerning the life and work of the author.

Materials Characterization and Meteorology 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 have at obtaining a suitable education.

Silicon Valley Big Data and Cybersecurity Center 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 aims to promote interdisciplinary research that is valuable to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, support academic departments in developing an entrepreneurship curriculum informed by research, foster an entrepreneurial mind-set among students, and strengthen the connective fabric of innovation and entrepreneurship within the university and in Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley Center for Global Engineering and Education 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 Operations and Technology Management is 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 emphasis on the history of Santa Clara Valley through graduate scholarships and collections of historical source materials.

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