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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 Professor’s Device Could Provide Light to Millions Living in the Dark

Jul 17, 2019


Cal Poly electrical engineering professor Taufik, who uses only one name, holds a prototype of said his soon-to-be patented device that could provide light to the more than 1.6 billion people living far off the grid. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has told Taufik that the patent would be awarded this fall

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly electrical engineering professor said his soon-to-be patented device could provide light to the more than 1.6 billion people living far off the grid.

The “Multiple Input Single Output DC-DC Converter with Equal Load Sharing on Multiple Inputs” — or MISO — makes it possible to combine the input of multiple low-power electricity sources into one stronger output source. It was developed by the professor, Taufik, and former student Owen Jong, who earned an electrical engineering bachelor’s degree in 2012.

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

From left to right, David Cohune, assistant dean for advancement for Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts;  Raymond Harman, Cal Poly Graphic Communication Advisory Board member; graphic communication Associate Professor Colleen Twomey; Jeana Steinbach, Eric Steinbach’s wife; and Nic Steinbach, Eric Steinbach’s son, accept the donation to the Graphic Communication Department.
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


Faculty member John Townsend is an executive with extensive entrepreneurship background
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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