“Behr continues to pursue advanced technologies in the coatings industry to assure its number-one quality position,” said Cyriac Alexander, Behr’s senior vice president, technology and purchasing. “Cal Poly’s Western Coatings Technology Center is an ideal institution for Behr to associate with to enhance our research and new product development efforts.”
Behr Process has a long-standing relationship with Cal Poly. More than a dozen coatings and polymers students have held summer internships at Behr over the years, and three alumni are currently employed there. In addition, faculty in the chemistry and biochemistry department have provided specialized training to Behr employees, and many Behr employees have attended the department's summer and winter quarter short courses.
To date, Cal Poly has raised more than $1 million toward its goal of $5 million to fund the center.