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Cal Poly University Students Hold Rose Float Design Competition

Dec 24, 2020

Creativity flourishes in contest featuring concept, design and decoration plans but no construction in advance of national New Year’s Day TV special highlighting the work of the student float builders

Strength in Numbers

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly universities Rose Float teams got back to the business of designing a parade float despite the worldwide COVID pandemic that forced the cancellation of the 2021 Rose Parade®.

Cal Poly Shares Details of Winter Quarter Operations

Dec 17, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly today is sharing details of its winter operations plan, which staggers the return of on-campus students during the first week, requires more frequent student COVID-19 testing, increases on-campus isolation capacity, and includes an all-virtual finals week.

Cal Poly to Present Annual Bach Week Virtually Jan. 19-23

Dec 16, 2020

Admission to All Presentations is Free

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present Bach Week from Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 19-23, with all presentations offered virtually and with free admission.

Cal Poly Researchers Receive Public Interest Technology Grant to Utilize Virtual Reality in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Trainings

Dec 16, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO — An interdisciplinary group of Cal Poly faculty members has been awarded a $45,000 Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN)Challenge grant to further support the critical new field of public interest technology.

Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Startup Launches Online Marketplace to Encourage Sustainability

Dec 16, 2020

Garret Perkins FIG Co-Founder

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) HotHouse Incubator company recently launched The Future Is Good (FIG), an online marketplace that sells sustainable goods and connects users with content that teaches the importance of sustainability and provides resources needed to improve their environmental impacts.

“Our mission is to empower individuals and organizations to make the future good through education, community and sustainable shopping,” Garrett Perkins said.

Cal Poly Study Shows Birdsongs Benefit Humans

Dec 16, 2020

Avian sounds during hikes boosted peoples’ sense of well-being

Wilsons Warbler

SAN LUIS OBISPO — If you thought your morning hike was contributing to your well-being, a new Cal Poly study shows that you’re right, especially if our avian friends were singing while you strolled.

Cal Poly Strategic Research Initiative Funding Supports First-of-its-Kind Institute to Research Holistic Solutions to Prevent Destructive Wildfires

Dec 10, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO — An interdisciplinary group of Cal Poly faculty and staff, partnered with industry and community members, have received support from the university to officially establish a unique institute to research wildfires and risk reduction strategies, tactical and technical firefighting practices and more resilient methods of building in fire-prone areas. 

Cal Poly Architecture Student Team Wins National 2020 Barbara G. Laurie Student Design Competition

Dec 8, 2020

Cal Poly’s student NOMA chapter won the prestigious 2020 Barbara G. Laurie Student Design Competition with their entry, Oakland Flowz, which draws upon existing BART transportation infrastructure in the Bay Area city to reimagine a fluid, mobile architecture that could broaden community outreach and increase accessibility to public essentials.
The team of eight students edged groups from 28 universities in the U.S. and Canada to claim title and $2,000 prize 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A team of Cal Poly architecture students won the 2020 Barbara G. Laurie Student Design Competition, a national contest by the National Organization of Minority Architects

New Viasat Lab Will Help Cal Poly Engineering Students Adapt Workforces to COVID Challenges

Dec 8, 2020


Dylan Moreland, an industrial engineering student, is working on a senior project sponsored by Viasat, a Carlsbad-based firm that offers high-speed satellite internet around the world. The company, a longtime Cal Poly supporter, is sponsoring a lab for industrial and manufacturing engineering students.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — As industrial and manufacturing engineering students prepare for careers that will likely be impacted by COVID-19, a newly sponsored lab at Cal Poly will help them adapt workforces to the unique challenges posed by the pandemic.

Cal Poly and Cuesta College Elevator Pitch Winners Cash in on Innovative Ideas

Dec 4, 2020

Student entrepreneurs earn $1,000 for 90-second product proposals at 11th annual 
contest through Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two students, one from Cal Poly and the other from Cuesta College, each won $1,000 at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s (CIE) 11th annual Elevator Pitch Competition Finals, a fast-paced contest for Cal Poly and Cuesta College entrepreneurs, recently held virtually.


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