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Cal Poly Earns 27th Consecutive Best in the West Ranking from U.S. News

Sep 9, 2019


University is the region’s top public-masters once again, while its College of Engineering is the best public program in California and eighth best in the nation

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West by U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook for the 27th straight year.

The 2020 guidebook, which ranked 1,921 colleges and universities across the nation, lists Cal Poly in fourth overall in the West — up eight spots from last year’s rankings.

Cal Poly Named California’s Best Public-Master’s University and Among the Top 25 Overall in the West in Forbes Rankings

Aug 16, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has once more been named the best public-master’s university in California in the annual Forbes list of America’s Top Colleges, released this week, and has cracked the list of Top 25 public and private universities in the West.

Cal Poly rose to No. 24 in the rankings among public and private universities in the West, up from 37 last year.

Cal Poly Professor’s Device Could Provide Light to Millions Living in the Dark

Jul 17, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly electrical engineering professor said his soon-to-be patented device could provide light to the more than 1.6 billion people living far off the grid.

The “Multiple Input Single Output DC-DC Converter with Equal Load Sharing on Multiple Inputs” — or MISO — makes it possible to combine the input of multiple low-power electricity sources into one stronger output source. It was developed by the professor, Taufik, and former student Owen Jong, who earned an electrical engineering bachelor’s degree in 2012.

Cal Poly Students Creating Prosthetics for Boy Who Lost Fingers in Fiery Crash

May 29, 2019


10-year-old Julian Reynoso of Los Angeles will receive two prosthetic hands on campus June 8


SAN LUIS OBISPO — While the wounds on 10-year-old Julian Reynoso’s hands are healing from a deadly drunken driving accident, a team of Cal Poly engineering students is working to restore the boy’s quality of life by creating a pair of prosthetic hands that will help him be a kid again.

“He couldn’t play with Legos, he couldn’t do all the simple things that I enjoyed in my childhood,” said Ryan Kissinger, co-lead of the Hands for Julian team. “So, the scope of the project is restoring that for him.”

Cal Poly Power of Doing Campaign Takes First Public Steps with Major Gifts, Groundbreaking

May 10, 2019



University starts work on largely donor-funded multidisciplinary complex, announces two gifts totaling $60 million

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Power of Doing: The Campaign for Learn by Doing has taken the first major steps of its public phase as Cal Poly has begun work on a multidisciplinary complex and announced two major donations totaling $60 million.

Cal Poly launched the capital campaign — the largest fundraising initiative in university history, with a goal of $700 million by 2021 — in support of the university’s signature hands-on learning approach. Today the university announced the first two gifts of the initiative’s public phase:

World-Renowned Italian Pianist Gloria Campaner to Perform Nov. 13 at Cal Poly

Oct 15, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host world-renowned Italian pianist Gloria Campaner for a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

Cal Poly Is First University to Sign Agreement to Assist U.S. Strategic Command in Monitoring Objects Orbiting the Earth

Oct 15, 2019


Accord formalizes a years-long partnership with Vandenberg-based 18th Space Control Squadron that catalogs and tracks more than 23,000 softball-size objects orbiting at up to 18,000 mph

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly, which has been at the forefront of small satellite design, build and monitoring, has signed the first agreement between an academic institution and the U.S. Strategic Command to expand an international program tracking tens of thousands of objects in Earth orbit.

Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department Presents Bawdy Greek Comedy ‘Lysistrata’ Oct. 31-Nov. 3, Nov. 7-9

Oct 9, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department will present a new adaptation of Aristophanes’ famous Greek comedy “Lysistrata” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, Nov. 7-9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

Cal Poly to Host Nov. 4 Film Screening and Discussion with Journalist John Walcott

Oct 9, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host a film screening and discussion Nov. 4 with journalist and author John Walcott, whose efforts to guide a team of reporters to pursue the truth during the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq is now at the center of a Rob Reiner film.

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Cal Poly to Expand Computing Opportunities to Students with Help from More than $430,000 in Grants

Oct 4, 2019


The funding is part of a $1.55 million National Science Foundation package that is a collaborative effort among half a dozen schools across the nation — including three on the Central Coast

SAN LUIS OBISPO — With more than $430,000 in grant funds, Cal Poly plans to expand computing class offerings across the campus, a move expected to add needed diversity to computer science courses.

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