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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:

Cal Poly Students Set American Collegiate Speed Record with Human-Powered Vehicle

Sep 17, 2019

Engineering students’ year-long project shatters 27-year-old mark at international competition in Nevada

SAN LUIS OBISPO — On its last possible run, a human-powered vehicle created by a team of Cal Poly engineering students broke the American collegiate speed record Saturday, setting a mark that hadn’t been bested in nearly three decades.

The new record, 63.68 mph, was set during the 20th annual World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada, held Sept. 8-13.

Cal Poly Floral Design Team Wins First Overall in National Competition

Sep 13, 2019

Cal Poly’s Floral Design Team took home three first-place awards from the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) National Student Competition, held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas in July.

Cal Poly Aerospace Engineering Professor and Computer Engineering Student Help Cambodian High School’s Quest to Launch Nation’s First CubeSat

Sep 13, 2019

The pair spent 10 days developing and testing a ground station that can communication with orbiting satellites

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A two-person team from Cal Poly helped the Cambodian space program get off the ground in August.

The pair traveled to the capital city of Phnom Penh to assist a group of high school seniors, with the goal to install and test the students’ ground station for tracking satellites — not to launch a national program. But they were happy to play a role in the potentially history-making student project as well as the bigger picture of lifting the nation into orbit.

Cal Poly Faculty to Present Lecture-Recital on Schumann’s ‘Myrthen’ on Oct. 12

Sep 12, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present a faculty lecture-recital on Robert Schumann’s “Myrthen,” Op. 25, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus. 

Cal Poly Students Aim to Break 61.3 mph Collegiate Record with High-Speed Bicycle

Sep 10, 2019

Human-Powered Vehicle Club competes this week at the 20th annual World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in Nevada

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A team of Cal Poly mechanical engineering students has headed to Nevada, where they think the bicycle they designed and built can top a record-breaking speed of more than 61 mph.

Cal Poly’s Human-Powered Vehicle Club has been around since 1978, but this is the first time they’ve built a vehicle specifically to break the 61.3 mph American collegiate record.


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