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Cal Poly Earns 28th Consecutive Best in the West Ranking from U.S. News

Sep 15, 2020


University is again the West’s top public-masters. College of Engineering remains best public program in California and No. 8 in the U.S. Undergraduate teaching and veterans programs recognized

SAN LUIS OBISPO — For the 28th straight year, 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.

The 2021 guide, released Sept. 14, provides data on more than 1,800 colleges and universities and rankings for more than 1,400 institutions. It lists Cal Poly in third overall in the West — up one from last year and an improvement of nine spots from 2019’s rankings.

In addition, several College of Engineering programs were ranked as the best in the nation among public educational institutions, and Cal Poly was ranked as the top western school for veterans among public and private institutions that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.

Cal Poly Names Michigan State University Dean as New Provost

May 6, 2020


Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean and professor of MSU’s Honors College, Will Join Cal Poly on Aug. 1

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean and professor of MSU’s Honors College
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly today announced the appointment of Michigan State University dean and professor Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore as its new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Jackson-Elmoore will begin her new role at Cal Poly on Aug. 1.

Jackson-Elmoore is currently dean of the Honors College at MSU and a professor with affiliations in the School of Social Work and the Global Urban Studies Program. She also currently co-chairs a university level Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee and is a presidential appointee to MSU's Strategic Planning Committee.

At Cal Poly, Jackson-Elmoore will oversee the Academic Affairs division, which includes the university’s six colleges, along with the international and extended education programs, the Kennedy Library and the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity. In addition, she shares oversight of research and economic development; graduate education; financial aid; the registrar; admissions; and enrollment.

Cal Poly Study Finds Changes in Bird Songs in San Francisco During COVID-19 Shutdown

Sep 24, 2020


White-crowned sparrows’ songs in the Bay Area were softer but led to better communication during the early days of the pandemic.

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SAN LUIS OBISPO — When the roads emptied of traffic in March and April because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bay Area residents reported hearing more birds. They were halfway right.

Cal Poly Aims to Expand Ability to Perform Classified Research

Sep 24, 2020


Move Could Open Opportunities for Researchers Across Campus

SAN LUIS OBISPO -- Building off the success of the university’s CubeSat Lab, researchers at Cal Poly are working to create a space on campus that can be approved to handle classified information by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Cal Poly Establishes Center to Better Understand Cultural, Demographic Landscape of Central Coast

Sep 22, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A group of Cal Poly faculty members has established The Center for Applied Study of Place-based Indigeneity, Race and Ethnicity (ASPIRE) to further understand the cultural and demographic landscape of Cal Poly and the Central Coast, provide research-based support for historically underrepresented communities on the Central Coast, and support Cal Poly’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts through sustained positive impacts on the surrounding communities.

Cal Poly’s New College of Engineering Lab to Transform Lives Through Community-Focused Engineering and Computing

Sep 22, 2020


TECHE Lab Will Encourage Faculty, Students to Tackle Societal Challenges

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Leveraging Cal Poly’s unique Learn by Doing approach to have a wide impact, a new center created by the College of Engineering will pair students and faculty on engineering-driven projects that address challenges that people face in today’s world — from the individual to the societal — using engineering and computing expertise to improve the human experience.

Cal Poly Civil Engineering Senior Receives CSU Trustees’ Award

Sep 17, 2020


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Thayara Almeida of Santa Cruz will receive a $6,000 scholarship

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly civil engineering student from Santa Cruz has received the 2020 California State University Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement — CSU’s highest award for students.

Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute to Host Virtual Space & Cybersecurity Symposium October 5-8

Sep 15, 2020


Top state, federal and military leaders in the space and cybersecurity industry to address latest strategies for securing
commercial and space assets from state and non-state cyber opponents

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly will host leaders from academia, government and commercial agencies during an Oct. 5-8 virtual symposium to discuss the latest strategies to protect U.S. commercial and government space assets from cyber adversaries. 

Cal Poly Research Project Could Help Warn Beachgoers of Sharks in the Water Using Drones and Artificial Intelligence

Sep 10, 2020


Members of the Shark Spotting with Drones team worked virtually over the summer, applying knowledge of artificial intelligence and machine learning to data collected by drones.

Interdisciplinary team of students is developing computer algorithms to review video footage
and alert lifeguards to the presence of sharks — to protect people and sharks

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly research project that combines drone surveillance and artificial intelligence could one day help lifeguards warn beachgoers about sharks in the water.

Cal Poly CIE to Host Virtual Demo Day Entrepreneur Event on Sept. 18

Sep 9, 2020


Eight startups that participated in this year’s HotHouse Summer Accelerator program will showcase their businesses to the community

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) will host its annual Demo Day that will showcase eight startups in a virtual event Friday, Sept.18

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