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Cal Poly’s New Director of Jazz Studies to Give Recital with Guests on Oct. 18

Sep 23, 2019

Arthur WhiteSAN LUIS OBISPO — Arthur White, Cal Poly’s new director of jazz studies, will perform a jazz saxophone recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. 

The program will feature the world premiere of his first long-form jazz work, “Pictures of the Heartland.”

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

Cal Poly’s human-powered vehicle, named Ambition, competes against other enclosed recumbent bicycles that were designed, built and ridden by students at the 20th annual World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada, held Sept. 8-13. An HPV is any vehicle powered by muscular strength. The most common vehicle is a bicycle. Ambition set a new American collegiate speed record of 63.68 mph
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

Left to right, Melinda Lynch, Amber Buzzard, Megan Borzone, and Alyssa Snow at opening night of the 2019 American Institute of Floral Designers Symposium.

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

Pauline Faure, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at Cal Poly, at right, and Justin Nguyen, a Cal Poly computer engineering senior from Fremont, California, second from right, with the group of science, technology, engineering and mathematics seniors from the Liger Leadership Academy who want to build a small satellite hold the handheld antenna for the LigerSat ground station. Also pictured, at rear left, is Doug Bender, a retired Boeing Co. engineer who knew about CubeSats through his former job and connected the Liger Academy with Cal Poly.
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.

Cal Poly is California’s Top Public-Masters University, According to Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Rankings

Sep 10, 2019

Fourth annual list also names Cal Poly among the nation’s Top 50 Public Universities

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has been named the best master’s-level public university in California and is in the top 50 public universities in the U.S. in the recently released Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.

The WSJ/THE rankings emphasize how well a college or university will prepare students for life after graduation. Among 801 colleges and universities ranked across the nation. Cal Poly placed No. 193 overall — up 19 spots from last year. 

Cal Poly Professor Receives Grant to Track, Improve Mental Wellness of Engineering Students

Sep 6, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — For engineering students, all-nighters and long hours in labs can be seen as a badge of honor, said Andrew Danowitz, an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department. 

But that drive to excess is one of the many factors that can impact mental wellness.

“As an undergraduate and graduate student, I viewed academic success as a key part of my identity,” he said. “And I witnessed many people – peers and myself – burn out trying to achieve academic perfection.”

$5 Million NSF Award Will Strengthen Local Community College Pipeline to Cal Poly College of Engineering and Increase Student Diversity

Sep 6, 2019

University partners with Santa Maria’s Hancock College and SLO’s Cuesta College to provide scholarships to 100 transfer students planning to study engineering

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A $5 million National Science Foundation award will help increase diversity in engineering by strengthening the pipeline from two area community colleges to Cal Poly’s College of Engineering.

The NSF S-STEM ENGAGE grant will increase access to engineering careers for low-income, academically talented students with a demonstrated financial need.

Lecture-Recital on Spirituals to be Presented at Cal Poly on Oct. 3

Sep 5, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Music Department will host guest artist Diane White-Clayton for a lecture-recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus. 

Titled “The Many Colors of Spirituals,” White-Clayton’s presentation will be a musical journey of Afro-American spirituals as they made their way from the plantation to the concert stage.


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