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Cal Poly to Bring Student-Designed Anti-Human Trafficking Training Set to Statewide Law Enforcement Conference Aug. 20-22

Aug 19, 2019

More than 2,000 public safety personnel expected at this year’s educational conference in Long Beach, California 

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — A Cal Poly student-designed set, crafted to resemble an illicit massage business and hotel, will provide a key training opportunity for hundreds of law enforcement personnel as they learn how to better combat human trafficking.

In addition to an anti-human trafficking immersive set, Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) will host training sessions at the California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA) Advance conference on security vulnerabilities in vehicles, on how individuals can protect themselves from cybercrime, and best practices in dealing with cybersecurity threats. More than 2,000 public safety personnel are expected to attend this year’s educational conference from Aug. 20-22 in at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.

MEDIA ADVISORY — Winners of the 2019 Cal Poly California Cyber Innovation Challenge to be Honored at the State Capitol on Aug. 19

Aug 15, 2019

What: Winners of the 2019 California Cyber Innovation Challenge will be honored from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 19 in the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Five teams of high school students will be recognized with resolutions on the state Assembly floor by Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin and on the floor of the Senate by Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg. Irwin represents the 44th Assembly District in Ventura and Los Angeles counties; Hertzberg represents the 18th Senate District in the San Fernando Valley.

Cal Poly Universities’ 2020 Tournament of Roses Float Dives into Ocean Exploration

Aug 14, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly universities’ 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade float will feature an underwater exploration scene that would have made Jacques Cousteau proud.

The entry, as shown in an artist’s rendering, will feature a submarine navigating around a sunken shipwreck that has become home to colorful marine wildlife. The title of the float, “Aquatic Aspirations,” was announced over the weekend, though it was actually decided a few months ago.

Cal Poly’s Efforts Help Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 “Sail on Sunbeams,” Reaching a Milestone

Aug 1, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The man who co-created CubeSats at Cal Poly said he’s proud to see the Planetary Society take his technology to new heights with solar sails.

“It is a huge score for CubeSats and for the team at Cal Poly,” said Jordi Puig-Suari, a retired Cal Poly aerospace engineering professor. “It is the beginning of a new way to travel in space.”

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 — a CubeSat, or miniature satellite — was prepared with student assistance at Cal Poly’s College of Engineering, which also acted as mission control last week during the deployment of the CubeSat’s Mylar sail. On Wednesday, Aug. 1, the Planetary Society announced that LightSail 2 has successfully raised its orbit in space solely on solar power.

Cal Poly to Bring Learn by Doing to Global Hacker Convention in August

Aug 1, 2019

California Cybersecurity Institute Designs Immersive Training Environment for Biohacking Village at DEF CON 27

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) and global healthcare company Abbott will bring a hands-on experience to this year’s Biohacking Village at DEF CON, one of the world’s largest hacker conventions, Aug. 8-11 in Las Vegas. 

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Cal Poly Student Donations Distributed to SLO County Nonprofit Organizations

Jul 31, 2019

Zero-waste student initiative collects and diverts tons of packaged food, used clothing and other items from the landfill

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly University Housing donated more than 8 tons of food, clothing and other goods to San Luis Obispo County nonprofit organizations — items that were collected from residents in student housing during the end-of-school move-out in mid-June. 

That includes more than 6,600 pounds of prepackaged food that was donated to four nonprofits, according to housing officials.

Cal Poly Engineering Professors Plan to Expand CubeSat, Programming Education with Lockheed Endowments

Jul 29, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two assistant professors at Cal Poly were recently granted Lockheed Martin Endowed Professorship Awards, which will help increase accessibility to space with mini satellites, among other endeavors.

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.”


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