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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


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



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.

Cal Poly’s Concrete Canoe Team Takes Second Overall, First Place in Final Product at National Competition

Jun 13, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s concrete canoe team finished second overall at the recent National Concrete Canoe Competition held at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Cal Poly, the reigning champion the previous two years, took first in the final product category while winning four of the five races at the Melbourne, Florida, event. The team was edged out in two other key parts of the competition: design paper (third) and oral presentation (fourth), both won by this year’s champion, The University of Florida.

Cal Poly Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremonies Set for June 15 and 16

Jun 13, 2019


University will host evening ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday

SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 5,100 students are eligible to graduate in two ceremonies at Cal Poly’s spring commencement Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16. The three-hour ceremonies will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Spanos Stadium.

The Class of 2019’s 5,135 graduation candidates is about 7 percent larger than last year’s 4,803.

Cal Poly Choral Conductor and Students to Travel to Kenya in July

Jun 11, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Scott Glysson, Cal Poly director of choral activities, will travel to Kenya from July 1-8 to lead a choral conducting workshop in Nairobi at the invitation of the Kenyan government and Kenyatta University. Six Cal Poly students will accompany him and perform with members of Kenyan choirs.

This will be a return visit to Kenya for Glysson, who first traveled there in September as a U.S. representative in the American Choral Directors Association International Conductors Exchange Program. During his weeklong stay, Glysson ran a conducting workshop for 120 Kenyan choral directors and conducted an all-Kenyan choral/orchestral performance of Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”

Cal Poly Collaborates with Amazon Web Services to Launch Initiative for Harnessing Satellite Data to Solve Global Challenges

Jun 10, 2019


Satellite Data Solutions Initiative to Operate Through Digital Transformation Hub at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly today announced the Satellite Data Solutions (SDS) Initiative built on Amazon Web Services to harness data from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites to address the planet’s most critical challenges. These challenges include forecasting natural disasters and assessing their impact, helping relief workers seek alternative access routes for delivering cargo or medical supplies, and weather tracking in order to alert ships and aircraft.

The initiative, which was announced at the AWS Public Sector Summit 2019 in Washington, D.C., is part of the Digital Transformation Hub (DxHUB) that was formed by Cal Poly and AWS to solve real-world challenges by providing innovation guidance to public sector organizations and their experts while offering Cal Poly student’s hands-on learning experience.

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