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Cal Poly Names Amy S. Fleischer to Lead College of Engineering

Apr 16, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Amy S. Fleischer, professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Villanova University, will become dean of Cal Poly’s College of Engineering effective July 16, Cal Poly Provost Kathleen Enz Finken today announced. 

Fleischer succeeds Interim Dean Jim Meagher, a longtime professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department who has served as dean for the past year after previous dean Debra Larson joined CSU Chico as provost.

Cal Poly Launches World’s First University-Based Cloud Innovation Center Powered by Amazon Web Services

Oct 19, 2017


The Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub powered by AWS will address public sector technology challenges with proven innovation methods

 SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Through a strategic relationship, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), one of the nation’s top masters-level universities, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), will today launch the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub powered by AWS (DT-Hub). The DT-Hub has been created to accelerate digital transformation in the government, education and nonprofit sectors through the application of cloud technologies.

Cal Poly Receives CSU-Record $110M Gift from Alumnus William L. Frost

Jul 18, 2017


Donation, among the largest ever in California public higher education, will transform the College of Science and Mathematics’ undergraduate research program

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Demonstrating unprecedented support for the nation’s largest public university system and specifically for undergraduate research, California State University alumni William and Linda Frost have given a CSU-record $110 million to Cal Poly’s College of Science and Mathematics.

The gift is among the largest ever to public higher education in California.

Cal Poly Engineering Students Take Top Three Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards

May 24, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Students at Cal Poly’s College of Engineering took the top three honors and shared $30,000 in this year’s Innovation Quest, an annual competition that encourages innovators to pursue their ideas by providing award money that can be used to launch businesses.
 
The competition, sponsored by Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), was held April 28 at the San Luis Obispo Country Club.

Civil Rights Activist DeRay Mckesson to Speak at Take Back the Night Event May 29 at Cal Poly

May 23, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — DeRay Mckesson, a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice, will be the keynote speaker at Cal Poly’s annual Take Back the Night event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the University Union Plaza.
 
Take Back the Night is an international event with the mission of ending sexual violence. Cal Poly’s event, organized by the university’s Safer office, will focus on the intersections of race and gender-based violence. It will consist of speakers, an open microphone, march on campus, a campus and community programs resource fair, and a candlelight vigil.

Cal Poly Project Expo on June 1 to Highlight Student Work Benefitting the Disabled, Disaster-Stricken, and More

May 21, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO —  A motorized surfboard for disabled surfers and a solar power generator that can be air-dropped into disaster areas are just two of the beneficial student creations that will be featured at this year’s College of Engineering Project Expo on campus June 1.
 
The expo, which will be held at the Engineering Plaza between noon and 3 p.m., will feature more than 200 individual and team senior projects, along with several club projects. A highly visual representation of Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy, the expo features a variety of projects that can have an immediate impact.

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Cal Poly Announces SLO HotHouse Summer Accelerator Program’s 2018 Cohort

May 21, 2018


Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has accepted eight startup companies into this year’s SLO HotHouse Summer Accelerator program.
 
The intense 13-week program is designed for students and recent graduates who have developed new ventures that need funding and CIE resources to help launch their companies. 
 
The program provides $10,000 in capital, plus hands-on strategic business guidance from faculty and mentors, weekly programming and dedicated office space in the SLO HotHouse. Companies receive training, introductions to investors, and resources to help move their startups forward. At the end of the program, participants will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors during Demo Day, to be held in September.

Cal Poly Names Adriana Popescu Dean of Library Services

May 18, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has named Adriana Popescu as its new dean of library services effective June 1, Provost Kathleen Enz Finken announced today.
 
Popescu will be responsible for the direction, development, implementation and evaluation of all aspects of library services and programs to meet the scholarly and intellectual needs of the university community. She was appointed dean following a nationwide search.
 
She joined Kennedy Library in 2015 as the associate dean for academic services and has filled the dean’s role on an interim basis since 2016, overseeing an annual budget of more than $7 million and about 50 faculty and staff members.

Cal Poly Men and Masculinity Program to Host Manifest Exhibit May 22-25

May 17, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Men and Masculinity program will host its annual Manifest exhibit from May 22 through 25 at the University Art Gallery. An opening reception is scheduled for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22.
 
The exhibit aims to create an engaging and dynamic space for people to think about, talk about and participate in shaping individuals’ thoughts about men and masculinity. This year’s exhibition theme is “Masculinity: Art from Dark to Light,” which seeks to capture the wide range of experiences and perceptions of masculinity.

Jupyter Collaboration Led by Cal Poly and UC Berkeley Receives Top Software Award

May 17, 2018


Software is the go-to tool for authoring and sharing code for computational research, data science and AI
 
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Project Jupyter may be the best-kept secret on the Cal Poly campus, but the open-source software is well-known at such tech giants as Microsoft, Google and IBM, which have created entire commercial data science platforms based on it.
 
Led by Cal Poly physics Professor Brian Granger and Fernando Pérez of UC Berkeley, the international team that developed Jupyter received the 2018 Software System Award from the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest society of educational and academic computer scientists. Past award recipients include the inventors of the World Wide Web, TCP/IP networking, the UNIX operating system and the Java programming language.

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