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Cal Poly Announces Completion of Most Successful Capital Campaign in CSU History

Jul 22, 2020


$832 million in philanthropic support will set students up for success now and into the future  

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is officially announcing the successful completion of its comprehensive philanthropic campaign. The Power of Doing: The Campaign for Learn by Doing raised more than $832 million, the largest fundraising initiative in university and CSU history.

Nearly 75,000 alumni, parents and community members contributed to the record-breaking $832 million. Nearly half of this support is in the form of bequest commitments and will support our students far into the future. 

Private donations raised in 2020 alone totaled more than $156 million, making this fundraising year the most successful on record for Cal Poly, a testament to the value that alumni and donors place on a Learn by Doing education for students. 

Cal Poly Students Create Space Cybercrime Challenge for Virtual DEF CON Hacker Convention

Jul 20, 2020


Students’ Work Also Will Be Featured at California Cyber Innovation Challenge in October

Bree Zedar, a mechanical engineering student, created the storyboards and puzzles for Cal Poly’s DEF CON cyber challenge.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Last summer, it was determined that hackers had breached NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena a year before, stealing data that included information related to a Mars mission. While the hack was discovered before more serious damage could be done, it revealed that the effects of cybercrime could extend even beyond the planet. 

Cal Poly Engineering Professor Will Review Scientific Innovations for National Institutes of Health

Jul 17, 2020


Espinoza-Wade

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering Professor Eric Espinoza-Wade, who became interested in rehabilitation engineering as a doctoral student designing technology for older adults and later working with stroke victims, will play a vital role in improving the nation’s health by reviewing scientific innovations for the National Institutes of Health.

Cal Poly Partners with Morro Bay in Bloom to Beautify Downtown Morro Bay

Jul 7, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO -- Planter boxes brimming with green foliage and blooming flowers now adorn downtown Morro Bay, creating an elegant touch to the classic beach town in a beautification effort done through a partnership including Cal Poly’s Horticulture and Crop Science Department and Morro Bay in Bloom.

Cal Poly Hosts Viewing of Rare Corpse Flower Bloom

Jul 6, 2020


The giant, stinky bloom will be the first ever at Cal Poly 

Corpse Flower

SAN LUIS OBISPO — It’s big, it’s rare, and it smells like rotting flesh. For the first time ever, a Titan Arum, or corpse flower, will bloom at Cal Poly. 

A corpse flower’s bloom can grow more than 10 feet high and four feet in diameter. 

The plant grows from a large underground stem and sends up one leaf a year, which can reach over 10 feet tall. After 10 or more years, instead of making a leaf, the plant sends up a huge maroon funnel, called the spathe, with tiny flowers on a huge spike.

Reservations Now Available for Student-Run Succulentopia Plant Sale at Cal Poly

Jun 24, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 100 varieties of student-grown succulents are now available for purchase at Poly Plant Shop at Cal Poly. The succulent plant sale, typically held during spring quarter in the college’s Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop, was moved to a reservation-based system to meet state physical distancing guidelines for COVID-19.

Cal Poly Political Science Student Accepted to Panetta Congressional Internship Program

Jun 23, 2020


Imahn Daeenabi

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Imahn Daeenabi, a third-year political science major from Menlo Park, California, will serve as Cal Poly’s 2020 representative to the Panetta Institute’s Congressional Internship Program. 

After a two-week training period at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay, Daeenabi will work in the capitol office of a California congressional representative in Washington, D.C., for 11 weeks in the fall.

Cal Poly Aerospace Engineering Professor Breaks Three U.S. Records with Unique Glider Plane

Jun 22, 2020


Pilots Alan Coombs and Jim Payne celebrate after breaking records with Iscold’s plane in Minden, Nevada, this month.

MINDEN, NEVADA — A unique sailplane designed by Cal Poly aerospace engineering faculty member Paulo Iscold broke three U.S. national soaring records this month. 

And Iscold has more records in his sights. “Our radar is now 100 percent focused on the weather,” he said. “We will chase good weather during the summer.”

A sailplane — or glider — soars without the benefit of engine power.

Cal Poly Construction Management Students Complete Senior Project to Enhance University’s Rodeo Program

Jun 12, 2020


Cal Poly construction management students Ryan Fiorio (left) and Timothy Smith collaborate on building a rodeo observation deck in the rodeo arena designed to record the practice runs of student riders. 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two Cal Poly construction management students are putting the finishing touches on their senior project, a rodeo observation deck designed to record the practice runs of student riders.

Cal Poly Partnership Introduces Technology to Reduce Pesticide Use

Jun 9, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — An advanced method of treating citrus before it leaves San Luis Obispo County will eliminate more than 700,000 gallons of pesticide per year currently being used to control agricultural pests. 

The wash line is the latest Learn by Doing enhancement made possible by the continued partnership of Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and Bee Sweet Citrus, a prominent citrus packing and shipping company based in the Central Valley.  

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