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Cal Poly Spring 2019 Great Grads

Jun 7, 2019


Six Outstanding Graduates Look Back on Struggles and Accomplishments and Forward to Their Futures

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly caps the academic year each June with Commencement and a chance to say goodbye and good luck to thousands of graduates who will soon begin careers or move on to advanced studies.

More than 5,100 graduates are eligible to take part in Commencement on June 15 and 16. They will leave to address the world’s problems with innovation, creativity and confidence earned through their Learn by Doing education.

Each of this year’s graduates has a unique story of success and perseverance, along with thoughts on how their university experience has shaped them as they prepare to make their way in the world.

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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 Named Best in the West by U.S. News for 26th Consecutive Year

Sep 10, 2018


Latest ranking follows No. 1 showing in Forbes Best Colleges list

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 26th straight year.

The 2019 guidebook lists Cal Poly in 12th place overall in the West for all regional universities. The Western regional list includes public and private institutions in 15 states that provide “a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs but few doctoral programs.” (Universities that grant doctoral degrees, such as those in the University of California system, are listed in a separate category.)

The U.S. News ranking comes on the heels of Forbes naming Cal Poly the No. 1 public masters-level university in California.

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Cal Poly Named California’s Best Public-Master’s University by Forbes

Aug 23, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has again been named the best public-master’s university in California in the annual Forbes Top Colleges rankings, released this week.
 
Cal Poly was listed seventh in the state on the America’s Top Colleges list among public universities, behind first-place UC Berkeley and University of California campuses at Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Davis and Irvine — all highly active research institutions that offer doctorate degrees as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Cal Poly Hosts UC Merced Upward Program for Cyber Training Day July 15

Jul 11, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) will host 50 students from Sunnyside and Hoover high schools of Fresno, California, on Monday, July 15, for a cybersecurity training day through the UC Merced Center for Education Partnerships (CEP) Upward Bound Program. 

During the cyber day, the students will gain exposure to team-building games, coding and computer science, and learn how cybersecurity can impact their futures. The day will conclude with an immersive, cyber medical challenge in the CCI’s digital range.

Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design Students Design Homes for Fire-Damaged City of Weed

Jul 11, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Five years after the Boles Fire tore through the Northern California city of Weed, an interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly students have finished an 18-month-long project to design workforce housing.

On Tuesday, July 16, a shipping container with 25 pre-constructed exterior wall panels will leave Cal Poly bound for Weed, where they will be connected together to create a 1,300-square-foot home that will be used as a model for future homes on a nearly 1-acre site destroyed in the 2014 blaze.

Quad/Graphics Raises $41,000 for Cal Poly Graphic Communication Program, Scholarships

Jul 3, 2019


Annual Quad/Graphics charity golf tournament supports Eric Steinbach Memorial Endowment


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department received more than $41,000 to benefit the Quad/Graphics Eric Steinbach Memorial Endowment for students. Quad/Graphics, one of the world’s largest print and market service organizations, held its annual charity golf outing June 20 in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

Cal Poly Announces Winners of the 2019 California Cyber Innovation Challenge

Jul 1, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute has announced the Mendenhall team from North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles and the CyberAegis Zelos team from Del Norte High School in San Diego as the winners of the 2019 California Cyber Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

The 2019 CCIC highlighted the challenges of securing healthcare information and medical devices through a Healthcare Network Challenge and Digital Forensics Challenge. Working collaboratively as a digital forensics team, students collected and analyzed a combination of digital and physical evidence from live-immersive environments representing the real-world scenario of a medical themed cyber plot. After the cyber competition, teams presented their findings to a panel of judges from technology companies, government, law enforcement, military and Cal Poly and the CSU.

Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Announces Interim Director

Jun 27, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — John Townsend, a senior executive with over three decades of entrepreneurial technology and business leadership experience, has been named interim executive director of the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).

Townsend will lead the center’s strategic direction, program development, fundraising and relations with relevant academic programs as well as its network of partners, donors and sponsors.

MEDIA ADVISORY — SpaceX Launch Set for Monday Night, June 24, Includes CubeSAT from Cal Poly

Jun 24, 2019


What: Cal Poly students will see LEO, their latest CubeSAT, launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket as early as Monday night from NASA’s historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The megarocket — the most powerful launch vehicle currently in operation — also will be carrying 23 different satellites for the Air Force’s Space Test Program-2 mission. Cal Poly students and aerospace engineers have worked on about a dozen of these small satellites, helping install them in the spring-loaded boxes that will nudge them into space.

These include a softball-size satellite, built by Florida high school students, that will communicate through Wi-Fi to LEO, as well as The Planetary Society’s much-anticipated LightSail 2. Cal Poly students have been instrumental in testing the citizen-funded project that Bill Nye (the Science Guy) has called a potential game changer for low-cost interplanetary space travel. And the students will perform critical ground station operations for the spacecraft that is about the size of a loaf of bread, working with Nye’s TPS team to unfurl the Mylar sail (the size of a boxing ring) about two weeks after launch to ultimately test the feasibility of using a sail to harness photons from the sun to propel the spacecraft. (Cal Poly and The Planetary Society have worked together on the LightSail project and its two spacecraft since 2010.

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