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Cal Poly Students Selected to Help NASA Find Ways to Drill for Water on Mars and the Moon

Jan 10, 2020


NASA hopes to return astronauts to the moon by 2024, but longer missions need water that can be extracted from lunar and Martian ice

Members of Cal Poly’s Moon and Mars team include, from left, mechanical engineering students Chris Boone, Westin McHaney, Alex Krenitsky, Aaron Erickson and Ryan Locatelli. Boone is handling telemetry systems; Erickson is in charge of programming and electrical design; Krenitsky oversees linear motion and drilling systems; Locatelli is the water processing lead; and McHaney, is leading the thermal systems effort.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — A team of Cal Poly mechanical engineering students has been chosen to participate in NASA’s Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge, which aims to further the space agency’s goal of prolonged space missions.

Cal Poly Racing Team Students Win Trip to Tour Maserati Innovation Lab in Italy

Jan 9, 2020


Engineering seniors are the first Americans to take top honors at Virtual Formula competition for electric race cars

Noah Wheeler, left, and Carl Stoye visited several car museums during their trip to Italy. They went to Italy after winning the 2019 VI-grade Virtual Formula international competition for their electric car design.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two Cal Poly engineering students recently toured Maserati’s new Innovation Lab in Italy after becoming the first Americans to win the VI-grade Virtual Formula competition for electric race cars.

Cal Poly Architecture Students’ Work on Rebuilding in Paradise Now Accessible Online

Jan 9, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — During fall quarter, Cal Poly students in Lecturer Kent Macdonald’s third-year architectural design studio worked on projects to reconceive the fire-ravaged town of Paradise, California. The students’ work now has been uploaded to Cal Poly’s Digital Commons, the university’s institutional repository, making it accessible to individuals and communities around the world.

Cal Poly to Host Anti-Human Trafficking Summit Jan. 26-28

Jan 9, 2020


Event will include community panel, resource fair, and law enforcement training

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) will host an anti-human trafficking summit Jan. 26-28 on campus, including a community panel and resource fair, student project showcase, a documentary film and talk with a human trafficking survivor, and training sessions for law enforcement.

Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering Professor Earns Statewide Teaching Award

Jan 6, 2020



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Brian Self, a Cal Poly mechanical engineering professor who has championed active learning techniques, is one of four faculty members in the California State University system to earn the Wang Family Excellence Award, taking the CSU’s sole Outstanding Faculty Teaching honor.

Cal Poly Float Wins Director Award at 2020 Rose Parade®

Jan 1, 2020


Universities’ Float ‘Aquatic Aspirations’ Recognized as California-Grown Certified for the Ninth Consecutive Year

2020 Cal Poly Rose Float
PASADENA, Calif. — Cal Poly universities’ playful “Aquatic Aspirations” received the Director Award for the most outstanding artistic design and use of floral and non-floral materials at the 131st Rose Parade® held New Year’s Day.

The float, which features a submarine exploring a sunken shipwreck that is also home to a colorful array of marine wildlife, was designed and built by teams of students from Cal Poly and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. It is the seventh time in 72 appearances that a Cal Poly float has featured an ocean-related design — this year celebrating the parade’s theme, “The Power of Hope.”

Cal Poly to Present Faculty Bass Recital on Jan. 17

Dec 19, 2019


Ken Hustad
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Music Department faculty member and string bassist Ken Hustad will present a recital with guest performers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45).

Cal Poly to Host USA Pentathlon National Qualifying Event on Jan. 18 and 19

Dec 19, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Top athletes from across the country will compete for a spot on the USA Pentathlon 2020 Olympic team at Cal Poly in January.

The university will host the final national qualifying event Jan. 18-19 for up to 50 athletes competing in the modern pentathlon. This is the second of two qualifiers; the first took place in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Dec.14-15. The top four men and four women will be named to Team USA.

Cal Poly Student Team Wins Convention Management Competition

Dec 19, 2019


 Assistant Professor Kevin Lin, Olivia Larsen and Luke Haley (back row l to r); and Courtney Frickman, Morgan Cutter and Chrissy Baur (front row l to r).
Interdisciplinary team creates an annual convention for home share and vacation rental owners to improve their homestay business

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A proposal to create an annual convention for home share and vacation rental owners to enhance their knowledge, network and property-management skills led to a first-place win for a team of Cal Poly students from the Experience Industry Management Department.

Cal Poly Experience Innovation Lab Receives $500,000 Donation from George P. Johnson

Dec 19, 2019


The partnership is an investment in the future of experience marketing and design

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The future of experience marketing and design is in expert hands as the world’s leading experiential marketing agency — George P. Johnson (GPJ), part of the Project Worldwide agency network — pledged $500,000 to the development of an experiential learning lab at Cal Poly.

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