Organized Research and Training Units

Please see below for an alphabetical list and brief description of San José State University's (SJSU) Organized Research and Training Units (ORTUs).

Accounting Advancement Center (AAC)

Provides a complementary component to students’ curricular education in the accounting field by developing a vital partnership between SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business and accounting firms in the Bay Area.

Bay Area Retail Leadership Center (BARC)

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.

Biotechnology Education and Research Institute (BERI)

Directs the development of biotechnology through inter-departmental cooperation and serves as a clearinghouse; promotes cooperation between industry, government, and the university in biotechnology research and development. Contact the College of Science for more information.

Center for Applied Mathematics, Computations and Statistics (CAMCOS)

A student research program in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, CAMCOS provides SJSU students the experience of working on applied mathematical sciences real-world problems sponsored by local businesses and government agencies.

Center for Applied Research on Human Services (CARHS)

Supports RSCA active faculty in the College of Health and Human Sciences by providing various writing and research supports. CARHS hosts events throughout the year and leads a number of research centers and institutes.

Center for Asian Studies

Founded to further the development of opportunities to study Asia. The Center develops programs and activities, provides advice and counsel to students, develops resource collections, assists faculty with research and funding opportunities, and acts as an official agency to which funds can be assigned.  

Center for Banking & Financial Services (CBFS)

Creates links between talented SJSU students and the banking and financial services industry in order to enhance student knowledge through curricular and extra-curricular activities. CBFS assists partner institutions in rewarding excellence among students and faculty members through scholarships, internships, and grants.

Center for Comparative Philosophy

The first organized research center for comparative philosophy in the US. The Center aims to promote and enhance research and scholarship in comparative philosophy, the concerns of which cut across different disciplines as well as different areas of philosophy.

Center for Human Language Technology (CHLT)

Promotes research and education in human language technology. CHLT 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 Kinesiology

Designed to promote international relationships in sport and Kinesiology via the dissemination of information, sponsorship of faculty and student exchanges, and partnerships with universities throughout the world. The Center has established, or is in the process of establishing, relationships in Australia, Great Britain, Japan, China, and Taiwan.

Center for Literary Arts of San José (CLA)

Provides readings, lectures, conversations, and seminars that allow the San José community to interact with writers of contemporary literature who have demonstrated exceptional voice and vision. CLA aims to spread the influence of, and interest in, literature throughout the South Bay and to facilitate cross-cultural understanding in the region's ethnically diverse population through the appreciation of works of literature. 

Center for Organizational Resilience (COR)

Serves 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 the Development of Recycling (CDR)

Aims to divert natural resources from landfills by generating, managing, and delivering recycling and reuse information to the public while developing a staff of service-learning university students into environmental professionals.

Center on Ethics

Serves to inform the SJSU community of pressing ethical issues in public and private life. Its activities include lectures, workshops, and conferences in addition to supporting teaching and research across the disciplines.

Collaborative for Disaster Mitigation

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.

Early Childhood Institute (ECI)

Promotes equitable, high-quality, inclusive early learning experiences through: expanding and enhancing the training of early childhood professionals; collaborating with campus and community partners to advance applied research; and engaging in advocacy efforts that benefit educators, young children, and families.

Global Leadership Advancement Center (GLAC)

Aims to advance and disseminate global leadership knowledge and best practices to students, working professionals and educators. Students and researchers can enhance their learning through GLAC's extensive research, professional development, and social innovation initiatives. 

Human Rights Institute (HRI)

Specializes in human rights research, journalism, and policy design. HRI students and faculty study pressing social problems and work with community organizations, stakeholders, and policy makers to inform and design solutions according to relevant scholarship, human rights law, and international best practices.

Institute for Emancipatory Education

Facilitates community-engaged research and advances emancipatory pedagogies that support the redesign of learning from preschool through post-secondary. Supports the development of equitable and inclusive educational systems that nurture the creativity and brilliance of all learners so that our diverse, democratic society can truly thrive.

Institute for Metropolitan Studies

An interdisciplinary center for research, service, and public programming with a focus on issues of significance to San José and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Connects SJSU students, faculty, and staff with collaborators off campus and within the wider region. 

Institute for Modern Optics

Facilitates communication, collaboration, and coordination in the area of lasers and optics. The Institute 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 Nursing Research and Practice

Promotes a 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.

Institute for People and Performance (IPP)

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. IPP seeks to create a community in which students, scholars, and industry professionals can engage.  

Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change (ISSSSC)

Honors SJSU's legacy as a university providing education for all, and giving a voice for those who may otherwise remain silent. ISSSSC continues the dialogue about athlete activism and the influence of sport in effecting positive social change. 

Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

An extensive library and museum devoted solely to the life, works, and accomplishments of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). The Center is involved in a variety of educational programs and sponsors concerts, lectures, tours and other events. It is also the headquarters for the American Beethoven Society. 

Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies

Promotes Steinbeck’s goals of empathy and mutual understanding through public programming, free curriculum for teachers, and fellowships for emerging writers. It 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 (MCMC)

Provides a wide variety of materials imaging and chemical analysis capabilities for numerous applications throughout science and engineering. The Center serves students, faculty, industry collaborators, and educational outreach partners at SJSU and across Silicon Valley.

Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI)

Increases mobility for all by improving the safety, efficiency, accessibility, and convenience of our nation’s transportation system. Through research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer, it helps create a connected world. 

Research Institute for Foster Youth Initiatives (RIFYI)

Increases the understanding of the relationship between child welfare practices and the educational and life outcomes for children and youth living in out of home care (foster care, group care, relative care). The RIFYI directly explores child welfare systems and practices, and informs public policy makers and service providers in order to effect positive systems change.

Silicon Valley Big Data and Cybersecurity Center (BDCC)

Works to create a nexus of academic and industry expertise through multidisciplinary collaboration with more than 40 full time and adjunct faculty members across the university, and partners in Silicon Valley companies. The adjunct faculty members involved are working subject matter experts in big data and cybersecurity.  

Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship (SVCE)

Promotes effective entrepreneurship through knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination, collaborative partnerships and outreach activities.  The Center's objectives are: to undertake research that is valuable to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, develop an entrepreneurship curriculum informed by research, foster an entrepreneurial mindset among SJSU students, and strengthen the connective fabric of innovation and entrepreneurship within SJSU and Silicon Valley. 

Silicon Valley Center for Operations and Technology Management (SVCOTM)

Creates a bridge between the academic capacities of LCB and industrial resources within the Bay Area and around the world. By partnering with business firms and industrial practioners, the Center offers more industrial experiences to students and faculty members. The Center 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.

Sourisseau Academy

Promotes local history through sponsoring research, educational programs, and publications. It is actively engaged in the rescue of endangered archival documents and often acts as a clearing house for the placement of archival collections in appropriate repositories. The Academy maintains an extensive photograph and ephemera collection relating primarily to the history of Santa Clara County and Valley, and the central coast region of California.