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Cal Poly to Bring Learn by Doing to Global Hacker Convention in August

Aug 1, 2019


California Cybersecurity Institute Designs Immersive Training Environment for Biohacking Village at DEF CON 27


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) and global healthcare company Abbott will bring a hands-on experience to this year’s Biohacking Village at DEF CON, one of the world’s largest hacker conventions, Aug. 8-11 in Las Vegas. 

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Cal Poly Student Donations Distributed to SLO County Nonprofit Organizations

Jul 31, 2019


Zero-waste student initiative collects and diverts tons of packaged food, used clothing and other items from the landfill

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly University Housing donated more than 8 tons of food, clothing and other goods to San Luis Obispo County nonprofit organizations — items that were collected from residents in student housing during the end-of-school move-out in mid-June. 

That includes more than 6,600 pounds of prepackaged food that was donated to four nonprofits, according to housing officials.

Cal Poly Engineering Professors Plan to Expand CubeSat, Programming Education with Lockheed Endowments

Jul 29, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two assistant professors at Cal Poly were recently granted Lockheed Martin Endowed Professorship Awards, which will help increase accessibility to space with mini satellites, among other endeavors.

Cal Poly’s College of Engineering Ranks Among Nation’s Best in Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Jul 24, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s College of Engineering was recognized recently by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) as a national leader in inclusive excellence.

The ASEE, a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and improving engineering and engineering education, launched the National Diversity Recognition Program in April with the support of over 200 engineering schools and colleges. After reviewing Cal Poly’s application, an ASEE committee rated Cal Poly at the Bronze level, the highest ranking issued during the first round of ratings.

Planetary Society Scientists Plan LightSail CubeSat Deployment for July 23 at Cal Poly

Jul 19, 2019


What: Cal Poly students will assist a team of scientists from The Planetary Society for the long-anticipated solar sail deployment of the LightSail 2 CubeSat, a citizen-funded project to test the concept of harnessing photons from the sun to propel a spacecraft. After a successful launch in June from the Kennedy Space Center, aboard SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, LightSail 2 has been cleared for a possible sail deployment attempt Tuesday, July 23. The solar sail is set to deploy during its Cal Poly ground station pass, starting at roughly 11:22 a.m. (with a backup pass starting around 1:07 p.m.).

Cal Poly Rodeo Coach Named National Coach of the Year; Poly Royal Rodeo Named Regional Rodeo of the Year

Jul 18, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly Rodeo Coach Ben Londo was named the 2019 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Coach of the Year at College National Finals Rodeo in June. In addition, the Poly Royal Rodeo was named the Regional Rodeo of the Year.

“It is truly an honor to be named national coach of the year,” said Londo, who was selected by his peers and the NIRA board. “It is a humbling experience, to say the least, as many other coaches are equally deserving. I am very thankful to be recognized.”

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.

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